The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

By Katherine Applegate

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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 illustrated 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.

Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN-13: 9780061992254
ISBN-10: 0061992259
Published on 1/17/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Number of pages: 320

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I recommend this book to those who love animals!! Although there are sad moments in the book but I still like it. I also recommend everyone to watch the movie!

I loved this book so much it was so sweet and so heart breaking all at the same time. It really made me want to read it more because it was always so mysterious but I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. This book is so good and I have heard this book so much because my great grandma would read this book to me before I would go to bed and my sister when she got to fifth- grade to. This is one of my favorite books I have ever read and I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed hearing the whole story about what happened and not just when he was older.

I read the one and only ivan because i read the one only bob and it was so good so read it and it was so amazing.

I love this book and the movie. There is the one and only Bob and soon the one and only Ruby will be coming soon.

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. He's lived in the mall for 27 years, and things haven't changed much in 27 years. One day, Ivan wakes up to a small dog on his chest. the dog's name is Bob. After sometime, the mall is losing money, so they buy a baby elephant named Ruby to bring more business. A few days after Ruby arrived, Stella, the old elephant, died due to a foot infection.. Ivan is heartbroken, but gets over it. they train ruby to do tricks, but she is miserable doing it. When the mall goes out of business, all the animlas get sold. i reccomend this book to anyone who loves animlas

This book is cute to the max!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ivan, ruby, and bob are so cute and interesting. Ruby needs her own book. I love Katherine Applegate's books are so cool 100% RECCOMMEND

I watched the movie, it's pretty nice.

The book was so sad but it made my heart happier at the end. If you love animals that care about each other then I would definitely recommend the book!!

Great book to read. It is a story about gorilla Ivan who live in mall .He is kind and has some friends there elephants Ruby and Stella and Bob .Bob is a dog . In book you will find happy and sad moments but it is really great book to read!. I recomend this book. After this book read The One and only Bobb .

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