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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
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  • ilovetacoslol
    ilovetacoslolFriday, January 8, 2021 at 1:22 pm55 starsFeatured
    Have you ever felt lonely? Like your never going to get a friend and never see the outside view because your stuck in a stupid store lonely? That's how I van felt … all those people watching him from the glass window really got boring… He's never ever thought about escaping and running away back home to his family in the jungle.Nope! He's been in that store for over 25 years!! Instead of escaping he just watches the TV (like any other kid would do) when bored to death. Nothing was ever interesting. Until Ruby came alone. Ruby is a baby elephant, also from the jungle! Will this baby elephant open up the eyes of Ivan and show him what the true meaning of living is?... I've read this book many times and it always brohgt me to tears. Its heartwarming and emotional. This Book will surely make someone cry. Thank You Katherine Applegate for bringing this amazing story!
    • artsysunflower3
      artsysunflower3Friday, January 8, 2021 at 12:41 pm55 stars
      • mkWednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:07 am
        • piggyfan
          piggyfanWednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:35 am55 stars
          omg! you need to read this book now. it makes you happy, sad, scared. its about Ivan, a gorilla who is trapped at a carnival in a mall. he's trying to get out. he try to tell other in a interesting way , through art. Ivan is an artist. he can draw pictures . when a new elephant comes in, Ivan worries he won't be the center of attention anymore. read the book to find out what happens! I think that this book is amazing. I really recommend it. you should check it out at your library or buy it at a bookstore or online!
          • jkbear
            jkbearTuesday, November 17, 2020 at 4:13 pm55 stars
            I love this book
            • UnknownMonday, November 16, 2020 at 6:33 pm
              So we like read this book and I heard it is really good but I didn't like it but it is your choice if you want to read it but I prefer not to.
              • lionlover126
                lionlover126Monday, November 9, 2020 at 12:55 pm
                I heard that this book is really good bye some of of my friends so I thought I would give it a chance so I will check it out now 😁😁😁
                • harper611
                  harper611Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 8:30 am44 stars
                  I recommend it to people who like animals. It was a really good book that inspired me to take more care of my animals.
                  • jb9
                    jb9Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:49 pm55 stars
                    I loved it and my teacher loanded it to me so I could read it whithout having to buy it.
                    • sharkfun123
                      sharkfun123Monday, October 26, 2020 at 3:03 pm55 stars
                      This is a really good book because I think that Ruby is a cute character in this book and I really enjoy how emotional this book is.