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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.

Paperback, 340 pages
Published on March 13, 2019 by Thorndike Press Large Print
ISBN-10: 1432864033
ISBN-13: 9781432864033
454 Book Reviews
  • purplepearls
    I watched the movie, it's pretty nice.
    • eagle_fan11
      eagle_fan1127 days55 stars
      Ivan is a mighty and angry silverback gorilla. A wild one. One to be feared. Or at least that's what the poster says. Ivan is quite the opposite. He is a peaceful and ignorant fellow with three friends by his side. Stella the elephant, Bob the stray, and Ruby the human. Ivan is quite content with his life. He's been living at a mall for 27 years. He used to live in the wild but he was captured by hunters who sold him to Mack, who kept him as a pet until he became too big. I love this book but I think that if I write anymore my review will get too long. Happy reading folks.
      • mycat4ev-goose
        mycat4ev-gooseabout 1 month
        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!!
        • cokereader
          cokereaderabout 1 month55 stars
          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 .
          • queen_leah19
            queen_leah194 months55 stars
            Ivan is an easy going gorilla. Living in a shopping mall, 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 the TV shows he has seen, his friends Stella and Bob and Painting. 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 is up to Ivan to make it change for the better. I like this story because it is about animal rights and finding a better home for Ivan and his friends. This story is sad yet poignant and amusing.
            • yourpuppylover1
              yourpuppylover1about 1 month
              Woah. That's a lot. GOOD JOB! Also, thx for following me your awesome
            • brightredcherry
              brightredcherry4 months55 stars
              I love this book, I love how it describes the emotions deeply and the illustrations are cute even though they are in black and white. But I love it even more because it is a true story and it doesn't have any violence and it is kid-appropriate !!! Thank you Katherine Applegate for making this wonderful book for us children!!
              • queenobooks
                queenobooks4 months44 stars
                Me and my class are reading The One and Only Ivan, we only have a couple of chapters left on it! I SO love this book!
                • emmiejag
                  emmiejag5 months55 stars
                  it is a good book a girl named stella died and its sad.
                  • ashdog3131
                    ashdog31316 months55 stars
                    Fun fact the one and only Ivan is based in a true story!!
                    • ashdog3131
                      ashdog31316 months55 stars
                      I loved the book it was very very very great good not have Been better the only thing was it really made me sad lol 😂 but overall I recommend the book I am literally obsessed with the book. Genre: Family