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The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate
HarperCollins, 2012
Audience: Everyone

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
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.



I chose to read this one despite my TBR pile because it won the Newbery this year! So exciting. I was honestly hoping that Wonder would at least get an honor medal, but it didn't. It's ok though, because Ivan deserved the award.

While Ivan himself was awesome, my favorite character was Ruby, the baby elephant. Adorable! I knew how I wanted the book to end from the moment it started. Unfortunately, I read an interview with Katherine Applegate that gave away the ending. So, I knew it would end the way I wanted it to. Had I not known, I probably would have cried when I finished the book. I was so happy for all of the animals and George and his daughter.

This one definitely deserves to be read in the future. It's timeless, and because it won the Newbery, I'm sure it will be enjoyed by children for ages! Adults would like this one, too. Give it a try. Who doesn't love a good story about animals?

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