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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

Written by Katherine Applegate

Narrated by Adam Grupper


The One and Only Ivan

Written by Katherine Applegate

Narrated by Adam Grupper

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4.5/5 (329 ratings)
Length:
3 hours
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Released:
Mar 6, 2013
ISBN:
9780062283474
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Description

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.

A HarperAudio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Mar 6, 2013
ISBN:
9780062283474
Format:
Audiobook

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Also available as bookBook

About the author

Katherine Applegate’s many children's books include the Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan, the bestselling novels Wishtree and Crenshaw, the bestselling Animorphs series, and the picture books Ivan and The Buffalo Storm. She lives in California. Visit her online at katherineapplegate.com and on Twitter at @kaauthor.



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  • (5/5)
    Ivan is a silverback gorilla who has lived for many years in a tawdry shopping mall that tries to lure customers with their gorilla, elephant, and a few smaller animals on exhibit in tiny cages. Ivan is the narrator.Over the years, Ivan has grown to accept his life as just the way it is, and he passively makes the best of it. His friend Stella the elephant, remembers better places and better times, so she is perpetually sad. And when a baby elephant is brought to the mall, Stella makes Ivan promise that he will not let Ruby live out her life in a tiny cage the way she did. Ivan promises.Bob is a stray dog who sneaks into Ivan's cage every night, and is his good friend. His one human friend is Julia, the night janitor's daughter, who visits Ivan, and they share artwork, for both Julia and Ivan like to draw and paint. It is Ivan's artwork that finally gives him an idea of how he can fulfill his promise to Stella.Sad and happy, sweet and beautiful.
  • (5/5)
    I LOVED this. It's a children's chapter book that I read aloud to my grandkids. Heart-wrenching, but it turns out okay. Still . . .Author's note:The One and Only Ivan is a work of fiction, but the inspiration for this imagined tales lies in a true story.Ivan, a real gorilla, now lives at Zoo Atlanta, but on the way to that happy rending, he spent almost three decades without seeing another of his own kind.After being captured as an infant in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (Ivan’s twin sister died en route to the U.S. or shortly thereafter), Ivan was raised in a home until he became unmanageable. AT that point he was added to an odd collection of animals housed at a circus-themed mall is Washington State.Ivan spent twenty-seven years of his life alone in a cage. Over time, as understanding of primate needs and behavior grew, public discomfort with Ivan’s lonely state grew as well, particularly after he was featured in a National Geographic special entitled The Urban Gorilla. A public outcry followed, including heartfelt letters from children. When the mall where Ivan lived went bankrupt, he was placed on permanent loan to Zoo Atlanta, which houses the largest group of captive western lowland gorillas in the nation.
  • (4/5)
    Ivan, a silverback gorilla, spends decades as the main attraction in a small mall, with his friend Stella, the ex-circus elephant, and Bob, the mutt. Then Ruby, a baby elephant arrives, and Ivan promises Stella that Ruby will not end up as she has. The story goes as you would expect, but the telling is directed more towards adults. Inspired by an actual mall gorilla that the author has written about in another book for children.Recommended as long as you are OK with children's books on the melancholy side.
  • (5/5)
    Wow!
    This was a fantastic book! Heartbreaking and heartwarming story. How does a gorilla in captivity help an elephant in captivity? Will they both find happiness?
    I laughed and cried.
  • (5/5)
    Very cute.Ivan is a circus performer in the smallest Big Top in the world also known as the exit 8 Big Top mall and video arcade, home of the one and only Ivan, mighty silverback. When newcomer baby elephant Ruby arrives to bring in more customers, Ivan and his elephant neighbor Stella immediately take parental guardianship over her. But when Stella's mangled feet become so infected that she ends up passing away, Ivan is left with a promise he made to her... get Ruby out of there. But how in the world can Ivan and Ruby escape to the zoo? Can they make it and keep his promise to Stella or is it all just a pipe dream?This book is written in a very choppy manner. But I understand why the author decided to do so. it is really geared towards a younger crowd and being written in the way that it does makes it easier for younger readers to follow the storyline. It is written from the point of view of Ivan the silverback gorilla which would also make it very fun for younger readers to try to see through the eyes of an animal.This book brings up a lot of emotion. It is very heavy in the fact that it brings up issues with wild animals and the question of their captivity in to spectrum. It also deals with the actual capture of wild animals itself and how brutal and disgusting it can be. However even though you are faced with these issues throughout the story you are still left with a happy ending. Which I think is best for younger readers.I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were very adorably written and the issues though very tragic made for an even happier ending. Delightfully entertaining. I would definitely recommend it to preteens and up.
  • (5/5)
    I haven't liked most of the recent Newbery winners, but I loved this one. I wish more authors-adult and kidlit-would write like gorillas.