The One And Only Ivan: My Story

by Katherine Applegate

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | January 9, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The One And Only Ivan: My Story is rated 5 out of 5 by 5.

Winner of the John Newbery Medal

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.

The Only and Only Ivanis the first book chosen in the Three Schools, One Book Project. Read more about the project here: http://mikewevers.wix.com/one-and-only-ivan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.88 × 5.5 × 0.91 in

Published: January 9, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062135791

ISBN - 13: 9780062135797

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the most amazing books I've ever read! I cannot wait to share this book with my friend's daughter. It is a touching story of what can be done when we set our minds on a goal and work to make it happen.
Date published: 2014-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from spectacular book this book is easily one of my favourites to read for me and my kids ... the writing is poetic and heartbreaking and absolutely beautiful ...
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This book is simple and beautiful. The chapters are short, allowing for read alouds, and for slow readers not wanting too much at once. It literally made me laugh and cry within the same paragraph.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Ivan is a must read for every child. Simple writing and short paragraphs make it a joy to read. The storyline is one you will emotionally remember forever and have you raving to all your friends about it. Perfect for family reading age 8 - 10 +.
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional and Powerful. So my childhood came for a visit last weekend. By that, I mean this book came into my life last weekend. Big fonts and equally majestic illustrations reminded me of being a kid again. Yet, this book goes beyond a children's book. Everyone should read it because it conveys a story many other books lack. I, of course, expected nothing less from K. A. Applegate. She is the co-author of Animorphs and married to author Michael Grant? I think that is a deadly combination. The book is written in poetic "chapters" that reminded me of Ellen Hopkin's works. Here is a sample: "Anger is precious. A silverback uses anger to maintain order and warns his troop of danger. When my father beats his chest, it was to say, Beware, listen, I am in charge. I am angry to protect you, because that is what I was born to do. Here is my domain, there is no one to protect." There were many passages like this throughout the book that made me felt an assortment of emotions. I felt Ivan's sadness and loneliness. His isolation from his kind and the naivety his human caretakers his given him. This book is a MUST READ for the old, young, young-at-heart, happy, sad, emotionless, and everyone in between. I cannot begin to put into words how I feel about this book. The above was an attempt but I think I did a pretty crappy job. Just read it, guys. P.S.: I love how there was a character named Stella in there. :') Bravo, Ms. Applegate.
Date published: 2012-08-07

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The One And Only Ivan: My Story

by Katherine Applegate

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.88 × 5.5 × 0.91 in

Published: January 9, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062135791

ISBN - 13: 9780062135797

From the Publisher

Winner of the John Newbery Medal

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.

The Only and Only Ivanis the first book chosen in the Three Schools, One Book Project. Read more about the project here: http://mikewevers.wix.com/one-and-only-ivan

About the Author

Katherine Applegate''s many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture bookThe Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novelHome of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to writeThe One and Only Ivanafter reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry. He is now a beloved celebrity at the zoo, which houses the nation''s largest collection of western lowland gorillas. Ivan is well known for his paintings, which he "signs" with a thumb-print.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children.

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