The One and Only Ivan

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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...

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Overview

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.

Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Inspired by a true story, Applegate (Home of the Brave) offers a haunting tale told from the perspective of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has been confined to a small “domain” of concrete, metal, and glass for 27 years. Joining Ivan at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade are Stella, an aging elephant, and Bob, a feisty stray dog. While other animals perform, Ivan makes art, watches TV, and offers melancholy assessments of their situation. When Ruby, an inquisitive baby elephant, arrives and Stella dies from neglect, her dying wish is for Ivan to help Ruby escape. The brief chapters read like free-verse poetry, the extra line breaks between paragraphs driving home the contrast between Ivan and humans, who in his opinion, “waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot.” As is to be expected, there’s significant anthropomorphism, but Applegate is largely successful in creating a protagonist who can understand humans yet feels like a gorilla. Although Ivan’s role in the events leading to their rescue reads as too human, readers will be left rethinking our relationship to animals. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Extraordinary.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Extraordinary.
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

Extraordinary.

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
"Some animals live privately, unwatched, but that is not my life." Thus begins the self-told story of Ivan, a silver back gorilla on permanent display at the Big Top Mall, off I-95. He "belongs" to Mack, the down-on-his-luck mall owner. He has a few non-gorilla friends: Stella, an aging, ailing elephant and Bob, a stray dog, are his closest. Ivan prefers to call his cage a domain. It contains a pool of dirty water, a tire swing and lots and lots of hard concrete. One wall is painted to look like a tropical forest. From time to time, Mack turns on a TV for Ivan. But that's not all there is to Ivan. He's an artist. Mack gives Ivan crayons and paper, and his framed creations sell for , but Ivan remembers when he got to finger paint with mud. He also remembers the sound of leaves, the taste of tropical fruit and Tag, his sister who died during their capture. The brightest time in Ivan's life is when the night time janitor, George, brings his daughter, Julia, who visits the gorilla. Just as his life seems set forever, a new friend arrives, a baby elephant named Ruby, who inspires Ivan to view his "home" through new eyes. One night, Julia brings finger paints and paper for Ivan, then calls the local news to tell them about this remarkable artistic gorilla. As the public becomes aware of Ivan and his captive friends, a movement to find Ivan a better home grows. Finally Ivan is lured into a large crate and he is moved again, to a zoo. But will Ivan's life be any better? Will he ever see Rudy, Bob or Julia again? This story is based on a true account of a shopping mall gorilla, which was moved to an Atlanta zoo and became a beloved celebrity with his own gorilla friends/family. This tale is, in turn, horrifying and heartwarming. Applegate captures Ivan's voice well: she writes in short paragraphs, and makes Ivan come alive. No young reader who experiences this book will look at a zoo animal the same again. Castelao's illustrations add a winsome charm. Well done! Reviewer: Judy Crowder
Kirkus Reviews
How Ivan confronts his harrowing past yet stays true to his nature exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage. Living in a "domain" of glass, metal and cement at the Big Top Mall, Ivan sometimes forgets whether to act like a gorilla or a human--except Ivan does not think much of humans. He describes their behavior as frantic, whereas he is a peaceful artist. Fittingly, Ivan narrates his tale in short, image-rich sentences and acute, sometimes humorous, observations that are all the more heartbreaking for their simple delivery. His sorrow is palpable, but he stoically endures the cruelty of humans until Ruby the baby elephant is abused. In a pivotal scene, Ivan finally admits his domain is a cage, and, rather than let Ruby live and die in grim circumstances, he promises to save her. In order to express his plea in a painting, Ivan must bravely face buried memories of the lush jungle, his family and their brutal murder, which is recounted in a brief, powerful chapter sure to arouse readers' passions. In a compelling ending, the more challenging question Applegate poses is whether or not Ivan will remember what it was like to be a gorilla. Spot art captures poignant moments throughout. Utterly believable, this bittersweet story, complete with an author's note identifying the real Ivan, will inspire a new generation of advocates. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Animal-loving youngsters and their adults will find plenty of food for thought in Ivan’s extraordinary story.”
Patricia MacLachlan
“A beautifully written, intelligent and brave book. You will never look at the relationship of humans and animals in the same way again. Quite simply, this story is life changing.”
Gary D. Schmidt
“The One and Only Ivan will break your heart—and then, against all odds, mend it again. In cheering for Ivan and his friends, we cheer for our own humanity and our own possibilities. Read this.”
Kathi Appelt
“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.”
Shelf Awareness
“Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding.”
The Horn Book
“Important.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061992254
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 305
  • Sales rank: 225
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Applegate’s many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home 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 write The One and Only Ivan after 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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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    What does a gorilla artist think about?

    This is a wonderful book. It is told from the viewpoint of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who is an artist. The language is beautiful. I read it to my 4th grade class and they LOVED it! The students wanted to learn more about poaching and how zoos work. I would HIGHLY recommend this book. Adults will love it also!

    80 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    A must read for ages 9-90. I don't want to use too many words, y

    A must read for ages 9-90. I don't want to use too many words, you'll understand once you read the book. Get your box of crayons and tissue ready.

    41 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Loved it!

    I bought this for my 4th grader, but started reading it myself to see if it was appropriate before I gave it to her. I found myself literally crying tears of joy upon reading the end of this story. Ivan is more humane than most humans, as Stella is more patient & wise. Bob is a scene-stealer with his painfully insightful comments about us humans. A wonderful story for all ages!

    40 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    Loved, the book and touched me very deeply because I knew the re

    Loved, the book and touched me very deeply because I knew the real Ivan.Here are some details.  Ivan was born in 1962 in Africa and came here at 6 months. In 1994 he finally found a grand home at the zoo in Atlanta. Ivan lived there until last summer where he died at the ripe old age of fifty which is ancient for a gorilla. Most don't live past thirty-five.. Our entire community was deeply saddened by his passing. No one had ever forgotten him; he was special to us. His ashes have been returned to his home here and a memorial with a statue of him will stand in  beautiful local park where he will be remembered for many years to come. As I said, I grew up with Ivan and can fill in his story. He lived a big store called the B&I in Lakewood, WA for twenty-seven years.  Like most of the people who grew up during the Ivan years 1962 - 1994, I remember him vividly. I was a child in the 70's and didn't realize how alize how unfair it was to Ivan to have no other gorillas. I do remember not liking his cage. It had been state of the art in the 1960's but it didn't age well. Although we were ignorant at the time, Ivan was adored by all of us. To the owners of the store who bottle and spoon fed him as an infant, he was part of their family. Really, though, it felt like he was a part of all of us. As a kid, it was a BIG deal to see Ivan and anyone of us from that era have only fondness and love for him. As we aged nd scientific knowledge of gorillas grew,  we knew it was wrong & cruel to keep him behind glass in a concrete enclosure so we were overjoyed when Ivan found a home in the Atlanta zoo. He had a home where he could be outside in fresh air, interact with other gorrilas and be stimulated by his envioronment rather than caged.  There was also a wistfulness for him too. We missed Ivan immensly. Over the years we kept tabs on him, but the internet really gave us the ability to see pictures and his wonderful home. Ivan has a Facebook page where anyone can see him. Go check him out. You will see the tremendous happiness when the page appeared with many comments and memories. You'll also see the heartache at his passing. You will also see this book reference many, many times. We loved him. Go check him out!.    

    33 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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    I requested this book for review from LibraryThing because I was

    I requested this book for review from LibraryThing because I was a big fan of the Animorphs series, penned by Applegate as K. A. Applegate, when I was young. I had never read anything other than these books by her before, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I did suspect, however, that I would like it. I was right. I am very glad that my receipt of the novel was only delayed and not cancelled, because it would have been a shame to miss this one. The One and Only Ivan is a wonderfully written, feel-good novel. It is a novel written from the perspective of a gorilla named Ivan. For years, he has been a feature of the Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He has lived in his domain making quiet observations about the humans that come to stare at him through the glass panes. He doesn’t think about his old life in the jungle. That’s the key to living in his existence — his twin sister couldn’t let the jungle life go, and died as a result. There are no other gorillas at Exit 8. His only friends are an elephant named Stella and a skinny, stray dog named Bob. When a new elephant baby named Ruby is brought in to help salvage the business, Ivan is torn between his seeming inability to make any headway with the humans and fulfilling his promise to secure Ruby a better life.

    If there was ever any doubt that a children’s novel could make an adult tear up, The One and Only Ivan dispenses with this notion. I don’t even like monkeys, and am not particularly fond of gorillas either. But the talent of the author’s storytelling overrides my original biases. Applegate is so wonderful at writing from Ivan’s perspective — taking an outsider’s probable observations of humans and putting them to paper in a way that is simple, yet poignant and often funny, charming, and sometimes alarmingly resonant. The messages of this novel are much like that of a well-crafted Disney movie or something of the like that is widely held to be enjoyable by children and adults alike. The content is simple and whimsical enough for children to enjoy, but the lessons about humans and their differing treatment of animals is serious enough to give adults something to consider when they are done reading.

    I highly recommend this novel. Applegate has proven, once and again, that she is a talented author. Even if you don’t particularly like gorillas, don’t let that stop you. The One and Only Ivan is a novel that transcends the characters; it is a story of humanity and the thoughts and feelings of animals that we are often too quick to ignore.

    This book was obtained freely through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.

    24 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    AWESOME BOOK!!!!!

    This book tells about a gorilla stuck in a circus with two elephants. I'm 10 years old, and our librarian read this book to us and we all loved my class was so exited when she read that book to us so, BUY IT NOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    22 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Amazing!

    This book was spectacular, and, so far, the only book ever to quench my unsatiable hunger for new books for two whole days (with the exception of Pride and Prejudice). I cried through nearly the whole book and it was so sweet! The One and Only Ivan is a must-read book for EVERYONE. Personally, I am not an animal-lover and, when I found out this was an animal-centered book, was a bit skeptical, but I love it. It is an amazing read and everyone and anyone should read it. It ought to be on the required reading list of EVERY school in the nation and in the world. New favorite book!

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    The one and only ivan

    When i read the one and only ivan it made me cry it was really sad and it was awared the nebary honnor book of 2013

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    The one and only Ivan

    Succh a wonderful book!!! :)

    17 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    Love this book! I laughed and cried. This a book that should be

    Love this book! I laughed and cried. This a book that should be on school's reading lists.

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Good book.

    One pf the very BEST books i ever read.If i cuold give it more stars i would.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Loved

    I loooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeddddddddddd this booooooooooooooooooooooooooooook

    10 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    The One and Only Ivan is an inspirational book for me. The main

    The One and Only Ivan is an inspirational book for me. The main character in this book was Ivan the gorilla. He lives with many animals at a human habitat called Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. Mack is the owner of the Big Top Mall. The mall was located off Interstate 95 with shows at 2:00, 4:00, and 7:00. Ivan has many friends but his main friends are Stella [elderly elephant], Bob [a dog], George [worker and Julia’s father], and Julia [an artistic girl]. All of them are almost like a wonderful family. Ivan was sort of an artist because Julia influences him to draw. Then, he could draw bananas. Ivan’s drawings are on sale for $25 each.




    Let’s talk about Stella. Stella was an elderly elephant. She was the only elephant at the mall like Ivan is the only gorilla. One day, Stella didn’t want to do an act in front of the crowd because her hind legs bothered her. She was in pain after that! To bring company for Stella, there was a baby elephant named Ruby that was shipped to the mall. Stella took good care of Ruby and treated it like a son/daughter. One day, Stella was very ill and sick. The next day she died! Everyone at the mall was horrified. After that incident, Ivan and Julia took good care of Ruby. They all went along. 




    Now the mall is losing money. Mack could not run the mall successfully and the mall started losing some money. One day, George got fired by Mack. Julia also had to leave. Julia told all the animals that she loves them. Before she left, she gave Ivan a picture of him and Ruby together. A day later, all the animals at the mall were sold to the Atlanta Zoo. What’s even worse was that all the animals had separate domains in different areas. Everyone’s worried of Ruby the most. But also had company of having fun with other elephants. In the same way for Ivan. Ivan also had company with another gorilla named Kinyani who indeed wanted to make romance with Ivan. They all lived happily ever after.
     
      This story was based on a true story. Ivan was indeed a real gorilla that did live at the Atlanta Zoo. He was captured as an infant from Democratic Republic of Congo. He was actually housed at a circus- themed house in Washington. He actually spent 27 years of his life in a cage! The mall Ivan lived in was bankrupt so he was placed on a loan to the Atlanta Zoo. Ivan was a celebrity. He lived with Kinyani and other gorillas. Ivan unfortunately died last year! Everyone will also never forget Ivan.   

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Newbery

    My reading class was reading books that might win the newbery. I knew this would win. In your face lions of little rock.

    9 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Best book of the summer!

    This beautifully written book has truly touched my soul. Told in animal voices, Applegate reveals their stunning everyday insights and offers an honest portrayal of their lives in captivity.It is easy to see why this wonderful book was awarded the 2013 Newbery Award. Highly recommend for grades 4 and up.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    In the One and Only Ivan the story takes place in a mall where I

    In the One and Only Ivan the story takes place in a mall where Ivan and other animals live in cages. Ivan a silverback is no longer interesting to people and causes Mack the owner to lose money. When a new animal comes in to earn more money Ivan has to try getting her out to a better place. He promises Stella a different animal that he will get the new animal out. Ivan then has to use his very small art skills to help get the new animal out.
    I gave this book 5 stars because I liked the characters and how an animal could be so smart. I liked how Ivan used his skills to get the new animal out. I never got bored because everything kept coming after another. I would recommend this book to everyone because it’s so good.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2013

    Finally, a Newbery book that will appeal to the majority of youn

    Finally, a Newbery book that will appeal to the majority of young readers. This is the perfect story for families & teachers to read aloud. Beware: you will be moved to tears of happiness. (Librarianreader)

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    OMG

    I love this book you so so so so so meed to raed this book if you don't you stink

    7 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    The One And Only Iven

    This book was grate i dont even know what to say but this book is gtate for kids 5+

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Rosie

    Rented it from the libray. It was so sad and toching. It jad the moral about never giving up on a good dream.mlw.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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