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The One and Only Ivan

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★ "Exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ "Animal-loving youngsters and their adults will find plenty of food for thought in Ivan's extraordinary story."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

★ "Will capture readers' hearts and never let go. A must have."--School Library Journal (starred review)

"Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding."--Shelf Awareness

"Katherine Applegate's beautiful, life-affirming story will soar directly from Ivan's heart into your own. Read it out loud. Read it alone. Read it."--Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath

"The One and Only Ivan will break your heart--and then, against all odds, mend it again. In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity and our own possibilities. Read this."--Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars

"A beautifully written, intelligent and brave book. You will never look at the relationship of humans and animals in the same way again. Quite simply, this story is life changing."--Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall

"Important."--The Horn Book

From the Back Cover

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.

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JesusIsKing
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not recommend
Reviewed in the United States on 26 July 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and beautifully written. Told from the perspective of Ivan the ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant - a brilliant read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 May 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ivan the talented gorilla
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2020
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