The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

Title:The One and Only Ivan
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780061992254
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    The One and Only Ivan Reviews

  • Rick Riordan

    I've had The One and Only Ivan on my 'to be read' list for several months, and I'm so glad I read it! A fabulous book for elementary and middle grades (and older), this is probably my favorite animal ...

  • Matt

    A very touching story that will rip out your heart, stomp on it, then pick it back up and cradle it. Cause that's what Silverbacks do.I appreciate all the things KA managed to work into this book - pr...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    OMG!! I finally read this book because of a book challenge and Omg!! This book is fiction but it is based on a real "IVAN". One of the sad things besides Ivan’s life is that I probably already knew ...

  • Michelle

    In a book called “The One and Only Ivan”, it makes sense that Ivan is at the heart of the story. Not only does his life take center stage, but he's also our one and only narrator. This book is all...

  • Mischenko

    Please visit my blog www.readrantrockandroll.com to see this review and learn more about Ivan the gorilla. I really enjoyed this fictional story of Ivan the gorilla. The story made me think of the rea...

  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters

    Oh my fricken bananas...I knew ‘nothing’ about this book ...[ a children’s book]...based on a true story....Only that it was suggested I read it. Thank you Mischenko and Lisa I not only read thi...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    The One and Only Ivan, Katherine ApplegateThe One and Only Ivan is a children's novel written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao. The book is about a silverback gorilla named ...

  • Whitney Atkinson

    This book is so real. It's almost too deep for a children's book. Even though it's about talking animals and Ivan's complexity of thought could be a little misleading, this book touches on so many gre...

  • Sherry Philippus

    Just when I think I'm too old, too mature, too hard-hearted, too sophisticated, too busy, or too "something" to allow a children's book to make me cry, along comes a story like this one. Don't have en...

  • Paul  Hankins

    Mr. Hankins is putting his readers on THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN for the beginning of 2012's reading season. Think of all of the good stuff you loved about THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN and TUESDAYS WITH M...