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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
452 Book Reviews
  • mycat4ev-goose
    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
      cokereader7 days55 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_leah193 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
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        • 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
              emmiejag4 months55 stars
              it is a good book a girl named stella died and its sad.
              • ashdog3131
                ashdog31315 months55 stars
                Fun fact the one and only Ivan is based in a true story!!
                • ashdog3131
                  ashdog31315 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
                  • hermione831
                    hermione8316 months55 stars
                    I loved this book. It is about a gorilla named Ivan. Everyone thinks he’s a huge flesh-eating, dangerous wild animal, but he’s really a nice gorilla who likes to paint. I really recommend this book to everyone because it is SO good! I hope you like it. It’s a book you don’t want to miss!
                    • flxwer
                      flxwer6 months55 stars
                      Ivan’s story is so inspiring. I highly suggest this book, because it inspires me. I have the strength to do anything, and YOU do too!