The One and Only Ivan (Paperback)

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We should all be so lucky to have a friend like Ivan. He keeps his word. He listens. He cheers up his pals when they are sad. He accepts every one of them just the way they are. Plus he is a gorilla and an artist....which would make having him as a friend that much more fun! This book is his autobiography. It is at heart, a story of friendships--albeit unlikely ones. Ivan lives in a cage at a roadside mall, alongside his buddies--Stella, an aging elephant and Bob, a stray dog. He has lived there 27 years. He has come to accept his lot in life. He is not a complainer, and he takes joy in small pleasures like his tire swing. But old memories of a different life come to the surface with the arrival of a new member to the sideshow.. She will make Ivan reconsider his purpose, and ultimately change his life and the lives of his friends. This is a heartwarming book that made me think about my own close friendships. It is a reminder not to take any of them for granted, and to appreciate the differences that make each one of them special. It is also a reminder to take note of the beauty around us, and to make each and every day a work of art--even if the world is just offering up mud and dirt!

— WALT

Winter 2012 Kids' Next List


“Ivan, a gorilla, has spent most of his life with humans and the other animals at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. His memory of life before humans and cages is hazy, until a terrified young elephant joins him and he starts to remember the importance of family and belonging. A wonderful read, full of heart.”
— Lisa Fabiano, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA

Description


The #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan is now a major motion picture streaming on Disney+

This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. 

Having spent twenty-seven 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.

In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope.

The One and Only Ivan features first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); and story elements (plot, character development, perspective).

This acclaimed middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 8, for independent reading, homeschooling, and sharing in the classroom.

Plus don't miss The One and Only Bob, Katherine Applegate's return to the world of Ivan, Bob, and Ruby!

About the Author


Katherine Applegate is the Newbery Medal–winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including The One and Only Ivan, The One and Only Bob, Crenshaw, Wishtree, the Endling series, the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, and the Animorphs series, which she coauthored with her husband, Michael Grant. Katherine lives with her husband and their children in California. You can visit her online at www.katherineapplegate.com or visit www.theoneandonlyivan.com.

Praise For…


★ “Will capture readers’ hearts and never let go. A must have.”
— School Library Journal (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)

★ “Exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage.”
Kirkus Reviews (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

“Important.”
— The Horn Book

“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

“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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061992278
ISBN-10: 0061992275
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Pages: 336
Language: English