The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

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Soon to be a major motion picture! Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller This stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Having spent 27 years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes. The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events. Plus don't miss The One and Only Bob, Katherine Applegate's return to the world of Ivan, Bob, and Ruby, coming in 2020!
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062283474
Characteristics: 1 online resource (4 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Grupper, Adam

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Soon to be a major motion picture, young readers will love this story about the friendship between Ivan, a gorilla who has been in captivity for 27 years and Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, who helps him to see his life through a new lens.

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Lovestoread5 Apr 19, 2020

It's so sad, I just couldn't get through it. :(

Jan 03, 2019

The audiobook version of this book is fantastic. This book is completely narrated in first-person by Ivan, a captive gorilla. Adam Grupper reads the story with a slow, gruff cadence, which gives vibrant life to Ivan's simplistic, naive and compassionate personality. It's funny, it's sad, and there are a lot of very powerful themes throughout. At just under 4 hours, this story is well worth the time.

May 19, 2018

I read this book in grade three for a book club and I loved it so so so much. I have read the book at least four times and cried when you know who and what happened ahem no spoilers here, three times. Tragic.

Aug 07, 2015

This is a beautiful story of life struggles, friendship and being true to oneself. My 9 year old and I were captivated by the intriguing tale beautifully written and appropriately narrated. Free of pop culture references, this is a timeless tale that you can safely play without worrying about anything inappropriate. Please get more materials like this one for the library!

JCLMelodyMK Jan 09, 2014

a great read with a Gorilla as the narrator. It makes you think about the animals in some of the awful ways they are kept in cages and alone. But it has a nice ending and very nice character develoment. I would recommend this to be read by any age.

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May 19, 2018

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