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The One and Only Ivan

Applegate, Katherine (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The One and Only Ivan


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When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Authors: Applegate, Katherine
Statement of Responsibility: Katherine Applegate ; illustrations by Patricia Castelao
Title: The one and only Ivan
Publisher: New York :, Harper,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 305 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm.
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I loved this book!!!

Report This Dec 31, 2013
  • sbkaur rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Best ever!

it is really sad when Stella dies

Report This Nov 24, 2013
  • kpb98 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

a lovely tale for children and adults! as an adult i enjoyed it and liked the pictures sprinkled throughout. recommended AND inspired by a true story. be sure to read the author's note at the end.

Report This Sep 28, 2013
  • flufficorn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Humans can surprise you sometimes" is really the best way to sum this story up. It's about love and friendship. It's about our own sense of morality and humanity. It's about a gorilla and an elephant. It's a quick read that will tear at your heart strings and bring tears to your eyes.

Report This Jul 17, 2013
  • Library_Dragon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kind of like Daniel Quinn's "Ishmael" for kids. Beautiful writing with a strong message that never feels forced or ham-handed. Highly recommended!

Report This Jul 15, 2013
  • szarnstorff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book from the viewpoint of a caged animal based on a true story. Very interesting relationships between the elephant , silverback, and dog and girl. Creative and well done. Award winning book.

Report This Jul 06, 2013
  • davewhitaker rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My review: http://writbywhit.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-one-and-only-ivan-making-characters.html

Report This Jun 22, 2013
  • taubclan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful story, and a very quick read. Would definitely recommend!!

Report This Jun 22, 2013
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first thing to notice about The One and Only Ivan is the writing style. It's eloquent in the way that only sparse and simplistic prose can be; it marks Ivan's thought process as different from humans'. It's also eminently quotable. An unprecedented aspect to this book is Ivan's upbringing. It's twisted and sad and plain odd in every sense. When compared to his childhood in the jungle, which he slowly remembers -- the remembering also playing an important part in the book -- it makes him even more likeable, even more admirable. The animal supporting cast, Stella and Bob and Ruby, each bring a different facet of personality in contrast with Ivan's. Stella's insights into humanity (animality?) are an excellent foil for Bob's down-to-earth realism, and Ruby's young inquisitiveness as she grows into her gentle strength is delightful. Even the human supporting cast, Julia and George and Mack, are adequately developed, with Mack's ambiguity -- is he good? is he cruel? is he just trying to survive? -- offsetting the kindness of the other two. And then the way Ivan triggers the change... it somehow encompasses all the damage done to these animals and, well, not precisely makes up for it, but turns it around. As Stella says, "A good zoo is how humans make amends."

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olive_cat_145 thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

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  • sential rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Jul 07, 2013
  • jkherm rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is told from the point of view of the gorilla Ivan. Ivan is treated as a means for income and certainly not a respected animal of God's creation. Applegate's story tells of Ivan's friendships with the other animals in this shopping mall mini-circus.

Report This Mar 07, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Basically what we have here is Charlotte’s Web if you took that tiny spider and replaced her with a 300-pound gorilla. Which, to be frank, would normally bode badly for said gorilla. And certainly badly is how Ivan, the titular hero of this tale, bodes when you consider that he is trapped in an off-highway mall circus. Ivan’s never questioned his fate seriously, considering that he’s been there for twenty-seven years. Then one day Mack, the owner of the mall, decides that the only way to drum up more business will be to buy a new resident. There’s already Ivan and Stella, the elephant with an injured foot that doesn’t seem to be getting better. To this mix comes Ruby, a baby elephant not long captured from her home in the wild. Thanks to Ruby, Ivan sees that this is no place for a baby of any sort and he must use all his brains and intelligence to find a way to save not just her but himself as well.

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Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bob, who has been chewing his tail, pauses, tilting his head. "Is that a true story?" "I always tell the truth," Stella replies. "Although I sometimes confuse the facts."

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In my new life as a human, I was well tended. I ate lettuce leaves with Thousand Island dressing, and caramel apples, and popcorn with butter. My belly ballooned. But hunger, like food, comes in many shapes and colors. At night, lying alone in my Pooh pajamas, I felt hungry for the skilled touch of a grooming friend, for the cheerful grunts of a play fight, for the easy safety of my nearby troop, foraging through shadows. . . . Sometimes I lay awake, wishing for the warmth of another just like me, asleep in a night nest of tender prayer-plant leaves. I liked having sips of soda poured into my mouth like a bubbling waterfall. But every now and then, I longed to search for a tender stalk of arrowroot, to feel the tease of a mango, just out of reach.

Report This Mar 07, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Human babies are an ugly lot. But their eyes are like our babies’ eyes. Too big for their faces, and for the world.”

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  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Humans always smell odd when change is in the air. Like rotten meat with a hint of papaya.”

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