The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

82%

11 Critic Reviews

Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author’s note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point-of-view of Ivan himself.

Having spent 27 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.

The One and Only Ivan was hailed as a best book of the year by Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Amazon, demonstrating it is a true classic in the making. In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. An author's note depicts the differences between the fictional story and true events.

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About Katherine Applegate

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Katherine Applegate is the author of numerous books for young readers, including the bestselling Animorphs series, the Roscoe Riley Rules series, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. She lives with her family in California. You can visit her online at www.katherineapplegate.com.
 
Published January 17, 2012 by HarperCollins. 325 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The One and Only Ivan
All: 11 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Jan 17 2012

Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author’s note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on May 27 2013

Although there is no measurable shift in Grupper’s delivery to match the transformation of the book’s protagonist, his approach will delight young listeners.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Nov 14 2011

Although Ivan’s role in the events leading to their rescue reads as too human, readers will be left rethinking our relationship to animals.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jan 15 2012

It's a book that should earn six stars on the five star rating system, but only five stars are allowed.

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Booklist Online

Above average
Reviewed by Carolyn Phelan on Mar 19 2014

The book’s wide-spaced lines, plentiful white space, and pleasing black-and-white illustrations make this a quicker read than the page count might suggest. Animals fans will enjoy this one.

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Pajiba

Good

I’m just a teensy bit older than the intended audience, but I really enjoyed the book.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Good
on Jan 30 2013

A strip mall dwelling gorilla and baby elephant bond over shared loves of art and nature in Katherine Applegate's charming winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on Jan 17 2012

Animal-loving kids -- and just about anyone with a heart -- will become quite fond of the artistic Ivan and his multi-species friends (including the kid, Julia).

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A Book and a Hug

Excellent

No matter what comes along in children's publishing over the next year, count on THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN to be one of the heavyweights of 2012.

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The Horn Book

Good
on Jan 25 2012

The pensive, melancholy tone gives way to hope and joy.

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Thommy Ford Kids

Above average
on May 18 2012

Do you like to read books that are told from an animal’s point of view?

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