The One And Only Ivan by Katherine ApplegateThe One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One And Only Ivan

byKatherine ApplegateIllustratorPatricia Castelao

Paperback | January 6, 2015

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Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller

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).

Plus don't miss Katherine Applegate's Endling series!

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...
Title:The One And Only IvanFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:336 pages, 7.75 × 5.5 × 0.93 inShipping dimensions:7.75 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061992275

ISBN - 13:9780061992278


Rated 4 out of 5 by from moving story a great and moving story. A book for 9+ kids to understand the depth and emotions portrayed
Date published: 2019-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from moving story a great and moving story. A book for 9+ kids to understand the depth and emotions portrayed
Date published: 2019-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from moving story intended for ages 9 and older to understand the real depth and meaning of the story
Date published: 2019-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful example of how every life matters This book brings emotions and humanity to Ivan the silverback gorilla and his captive friends. Katherine Applegate does a brilliant job of highlighting animal rights in her novel. It gave my eight year old a lot to think about, the ability to find similarities, and the ability to relate to all living things. Everyone needs to read this. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate’s 'The One and Only Ivan' is a cry for animal rights that works on its reader in slow subtle steps. You won't find speeches or pontifications or long lengthy lamentations. Instead, it’s just a gorilla living what life he can, until the day he can't. Thanks to its restraint the book ends up being a gem. The One and Only Ivan is a work of fiction, but its inspiration lies with a true story. Ivan, a real gorilla, lived at Zoo Atlanta, but on the way to that happy ending, he spent almost three decades living in a small cage as the main attraction of an off-highway food court and video arcade without ever seeing another of his own kind. Ivan shares his life at the Mall with Stella - a mature elephant who is sold to Mack, the Mall owner, after outliving her usefulness as a circus performer. Money is tight at the Mall and business has slowed down. Medication for Stella's injured and infected foot is not a priority. In order to drum up business, Mack acquires a new attraction - a baby elephant named Ruby. Stella slowly succumbs to her injuries, but not before extracting a promise from Ivan that he would look after Ruby and get her to a zoo. What follows is a shining example of what happens when hope meets action. Ivan has to grow and change in the course of this novel (example - Ivan stops referring to 'his domain' and begins to call his surroundings what they are - a cage). He comes to realize that wishing alone will never change Ruby's destiny and begins to work on a plan, hoping almost against hope that someone with more power and ability will understand what he is trying to do. It is the temptation of every author to simplify ethics when they write for children. Bad guys are bad, good guys are good. This is particularly true of animal abuse stories. After all, who wants to dig up a heart of gold in a character that kicks puppies? Yet the best books for kids are often the ones that allow for at least a glimpse of the human inside the villain. It is one of the reasons why The One and Only Ivan distinguishes itself. Mack is the villain here, no question about it. You don’t go around hitting baby elephants with sharp objects. But there are depths to Mack as well. He’s a man who really did love Ivan on some level when the gorilla was a baby. Then his wife left him and he started hitting the booze to deal with his financial problems. There are a lot of Mack's in this world and it’s worth knowing you can feel sorry for someone but still hold them accountable for their actions. No matter how bad you feel for Mack, the author never lets you forget that he’s the reason for Ivan, Thelma, and Ruby’s imprisonment. Throughout the book, the author treats us to a lovely use of language. A seal has a “voice like the throaty bark of a dog chained outside on a cold night.” “Humans always smell odd when change is in the air. Like rotten meat with a hint of papaya.” “Human babies are an ugly lot. But their eyes are like our babies’ eyes. Too big for their faces, and for the world.” And a mop, “moves across the empty food court like a giant brush, painting a picture no one will ever see.” An excellent story with a wonderful use of the written word. It's a match made in literary heaven.
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I absolutely love this book. I read it to my class. There is so much discussion that goes along with it. Afterwards, there are videos of the real Ivan that you can watch. The kids loved it!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story I bought this book to read aloud to my class. They absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing story that teaches about rights As a teacher I bought this book not only with the hopes of reading it to my students, but also for my own enjoyment. After receiving the book I decided to read it first to ensure age appropriateness for my grade 3 students (as I was told it was a grade 4 or 5 book). I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of which I could read the book and the short 'chapters' despite the vast amount of pages. I absolutely loved the book myself and I knew it would be a perfect fit for my grade 3 class as we were learning about human rights at the time, and I wanted to tie it into animal rights as well. This book does an amazing job of engaging kids while teaching about the importance of freedom. I had many students sign the book out from the library, borrow my copy, and purchase a copy for themselves because they loved the book so much!
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A heartwarming story This is a good book that addresses animal rights and social justice in a kid friendly way. A good balance of humour and sadness.
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok Bought this for the kids, both didn't find it interesting
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read!! As an adult I loved the story. As a teacher I love the message it teaches and can be used for many different ages!!!
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My kid loves this! My (grade 3) daughter was able to pick one book as a prize at the end of the school year and this was her choice. Her teacher read the book to them this year and she has already read it herself again twice. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read My son's teacher read them this book (grade 3), and he loved it so much, we bought the book and he's read it again. My son is somewhat of a reluctant reader, but he was so excited to get this book, we never had to 'harass' him to do some reading. A moving, sweet book. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from liked it it was touching but really good. here is the summary: The One and Only Ivan" is a novel by Katherine Applegate. In this novel, Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a stationary circus. Ivan is good friends with the other animals in the circus, especially Stella the elephant and Bob, a stray dog. When Stella dies, Ivan makes a promise to save her young friend, Ruby, from a life of captivity.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching I recently finnished reading this with my son and we both absolutely loved it!! All day I would find myself looking forward to bedtime and sharing this beautiful story with him. It is a wonderful, thought-provoking book for children and helps them learn about empathy and respect for animals (and people, too) among other things. Can't wait to read it again when my daughters are older!!
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I loved this book. As I read it I grew an emotional connection to the characters, I then wrote an ISU on it and enjoyed going further into the book. I recommen it to people all the time.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Beautifully written. Great story that teaches empathy and other life lessons.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I read this book in a day it was so good. I've read it more than once. Can't wait to read it again.
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable I really adored this book. I had been admiring it for a few months before I finally picked it up, and definitely had no regrets! I thoroughly enjoyed the journey that Ivan and his friends took. Lots of lessons to be taken away with this one.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still My Favorite Book, after all these years. I got this book for my ninth birthday. I have never been the same. This book was the first ever to make me cry, and feel true sadness for the characters. This book will accompany me until the end of time. It made a huge impact on my life, and I definitely recommend it for anyone.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Only One of its Kind The One and Only Ivan is a light-hearted book that will hug you and leave you in a river of tears... Ivan is no ordinary gorilla. This book captures his world of agony and joy. If you adore this book you MUST MUST MUST read The Underneath by Kathi Appelt if you haven't already done so!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this Would recommend to any teacher or parent to give to their kids. Wonderful book.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Story An awesome read for middle schoolers.
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Touching and heartbreaking. A must read.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT #plumreview I could not put it down. Great read for gr 4/5.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! great read aloud for teachers - ideal for grade 4-6
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! Really liked this book! My grade 4 teacher read it me and I knew this was a good read.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Class Read Invested in a class set (well, six copies plus a teacher's guide) because this is a great book that addresses an issue that is important to me (animal rights) in an emotional and engaging story for children. There are parts of this story that are heartbreaking, parts that refuse to shy away from ugly realities I was certain would be glossed over to make the story more palatable for kids. The story of Ivan, like the story of so many captive wild animals, does not have a happy ending, but it does have an ending that is as happy as can be reasonably expected, and this important story will spark conversations and shape opinions in this next generation. This is a quick read, but it isn't an easy one.
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read aloud My grade 3 class loved this book. The story is well written and the short chapters made them laugh at times. It also inspired them to write chapter books. The characters are easy to love and interesting. An engaging heartfelt book!
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Another great book with a great message. Very interesting having the main character being a talking gorilla, but it's easy to fall in love with Ivan and his crew of characters.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cute Well written and very lovely to read. Enjoyable and fun, a memorable read.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable Perfect grade 3-6 intro to animal rights, with a gentle tone of empathy. You won't forget Ivan.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book Club Favourite Our local library starts our kid's book club (Book Buddies, grades 5 & 6) with this book every year, and it is always a hit. In fact at the end of the year when you ask the kids their favourite it is sure to be remembered. Highly recommend for boy and girls ages 10-12.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book for tweens Touching well written book
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Poignant and Important! This is a touching and beautifully written, yet simple novel written from the perspective of a Silverback Gorilla named Ivan who is living in captivity. It definitely is a statement about the state of many captive animals and the cruelty and hardship they endure whether it is out of ignorance or intentional. I absolutely loved it and Katherine Applegate captures the "humanity" of our animal friends beautifully. It should also be noted that this novel won the Newberry Award for 2013 - well deserved!
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Adults My mom, who is 45, fell in love with the cover and then this book. She lent it to me, and I loved it as well. The language is really great at weaving together elements that would appeal to kids as well as adults. For example, talking animals reveal the dirty underbelly of animals used for entertainment, poaching, etc. and thus it is still really appropriate for kids. I enjoyed this book so much that I actually went out and bought another kids' novel, and am loving that one too! Good stories are for any age! #plumreview #kidsfiction
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read It has always been a struggle for me to get my daughter to unplug and just sit and read. This is the first book we have found where I didn't have to nag her to read, she wanted to sit and find out what happens. The story is sweet and a bit of a tear jerker. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good and Gucci and lit book
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story This book will tug at your every heart string. I read it to my students last year and they were enchanted (it also made a few of them VERY interested in zoos/circuses and the unethical treatment of animals). Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! My 10 year old son is a very reluctant reader, but we read this book together and he never wanted us to put it down! Led to some very deep discussions and brought up some strong feelings. Great book to hook an animal lover!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adorable book! This book is about falling down but getting the courage to get up! Ivan is a simple gorilla with a boring life in a Big Top Mall where he is famous for a silverback. But then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family. That is when Ivan realizes that Ruby doesn't belong here and has to find a way to take her to a safer home. But how? This book is perfect for animal lovers (including me!) and I give this book 5 stars!
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPER GOOD you have to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2015-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE AND ONLY IVAN I have only read till page 113 but I can tell u it is getting really good and it is written from Ivan.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The one and only ivan The book was good because it gave the perspective of an animal and human
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The one and only ivan The book was good because it gave the perspective of an animal and human
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The one and only Ivan What a great little book. Our girls' book club loved it. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-11-09

Editorial Reviews

"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."