The #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan is now a major motion picture streaming on Disney+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).This acclaimed middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 8, for independent reading, homeschooling, and sharing in the classroom.Plus don’t miss The One and Only Bob, Katherine Applegate’s return to the world of Ivan, Bob, and Ruby!
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Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal2012 Christopher MedalGold Medal in Juvenile LIterature, 2012 California Book AwardSociety of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2013 Crystal Kite Award Winner —————————————————————— #1 New York Times bestsellerSchool Library Journal Best of Children’s Books 2012Kirkus Reviews Best of Children’s Books 2012 Amazon 2012 Best Books of the Year, Middle GradeChicago Public Library Best of the Best 2012 New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, 2012Cybils shortlist, 2012 middle grade fantasy (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards)Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2013-14 Master List2012 Nerdies Book Award, middle grade fiction Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews: “How Ivan confronts his harrowing past yet stays true to his nature exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage.”Starred Review, School Library Journal: “The characters will capture readers’ hearts and never let go. A must-have.” Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books: “Extraordinary.” “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.” –Shelf Awareness“The best book of 2012.” –John Schumacher (Watch. Connect. Read. blogger and 2014 Newbery committee member) and Travis Jonker (School Library Journal blogger, 100 Scope Notes, and 2014 Caldecott committee member) “Beautifully written, intelligent, and brave book…Quite simply, this story is life-changing.” –Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medalist, Sarah, Plain and Tall”The One and Only Ivan will break your heart–and then, against all odds, mend it again.” –Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars “Kindness and its ability to change lives shines through on every single page of this book.” –Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath From the Back Cover Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living in a shopping mall, 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, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting.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. About the Author Katherine Applegate is the Newbery Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous books for young readers, including The One and Only Ivan, The One and Only Bob, Crenshaw, Wishtree, the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter books series, and the Animorphs series. She lives with her husband, who writes as the author Michael Grant, and their children in California.Website: www.katherineapplegate.comTwitter: www.twitter.com/kaaauthorFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaaauthorInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaaauthor/ Read more <div id="
Was written well. I don’t believe we came from apes and it’s almost the third sentence in the book. Also I think it’s too graphic in detailing what humans do to gorillas in the wild. Cutting their hands and heads off is not something I want to read to my children.
My 9 year old son could never “get into” a book. But he wanted to, desperately. I found this book and surprised him with it. He was so excited because it was “big” and had more than 100 pages lol. You see, it was a goal of his to read something “big”. This book, I can not say enough about it. It sparked something in him and he read, and read, and read some more. He FINISHED this book in one week! He connected with the character (Ivan) and was emotionally pulled into the story. He then had to learn all he could about this gorilla. Because of how my son loved it, he said it was 5 stars.This book was written from the gorilla’s (Ivan’s) point of view. It is a bigger book, but don’t be alarmed as there are not many words on a page as the formatting is not as tight as a traditional novel. But don’t let that stop you either!It is now my son’s favorite book. Because of that, and what that means, I give it 5 stars.
When my 11-year-old finished reading this novel, his first statement was, “I LOVED that book!” With an endorsement like that and because it was the first instance where he ‘stopped time,’ I had to read the book too.A copy of the author’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech is at the back of my copy of The One and Only Ivan. In it, the author says,” We live in a world where children are bullied into despair and even suicide; where armed guards in a school hallway are considered desirable; where libraries are padlocked because of budget cuts; where breakfast and backpacks, for too many children are unaffordable luxuries.”“What makes children better than the rest of us is that they are buoyant, unrepentant optimists.”As a writer, reader, and lover of words, I make it a habit to ‘stop time’ whenever I come across sparkling phrases that deserve homage. A ‘stop time’ is where we stop whatever we are doing to read out loud and to listen; we listen to both the author’s words and to what made that phrase so meaningful to the reader.Although my son and I read the same book, our reactions to it were as different as a carefree stroll through the park and being caught in a traffic snarl in the city at rush hour. Where my son delighted in the animal conversations, I sobbed.Pixar uses humor with double meaning brilliantly in their storytelling. Katherine Applegate uses the same technique, but in a more realistic vein.I sobbed because the adult world my son will live in doesn’t have easy answers. It isn’t colorful, silly, and happy all the time. The innocence of his childhood is beginning to seep away.While Ivan and Ruby soothe each other and tell stories to help them sleep, the author communicates the ache of loneliness, coping skills, feeling boxed in, and the power that is found when helping a friend…or your own child.The first ‘stop time’ that my son called happened when Ivan makes an impossible promise to Ruby, the baby elephant.I’ve been waiting and watching for this moment. A maturity level that notices deeper concepts. An opportunity to share family ideals and values. An easing into the world of adulthood – or at least into the turbulent teens.“Children know all about sadness,” comments Applegate in her speech. “We can’t hide it from them. We can only teach them how to cope with its inevitably and to harness their imaginations in search for joy and wonder.”
This book is so great! I read this aloud to my children at the start of our homeschool mornings then some days at bed time as well. There were tears of sadness and joy among the 4 of us more than once. It’s captivating and heartbreaking and loving all in one sweet book. My kiddos begged me to read it. We just finished it this morning and cried tears of joy. There are several discussion questions at the end of the book as well. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book! We were able to discuss animal rights, animal abuse, protesting, relationships and bonding between animals and humans alike. My children are now arguing over who gets to read it next, to themselves ❤️!
There are some books that so delight a reader that she just wants to shout it out from the rooftops, READ THIS BOOK! Such is the case with The One and Only Ivan, written by the author Katherine Appelgate, previously unknown to me and now a favorite. At the risk of sounding overly effusive, this book is heartwarming, soul touching, totally engaging, while not being at all overly sentimental. It has elements of distress as well, because it is written with an intelligent, careful realism without being preachy about the rights of animals in this world in which we live.The book is presumably a children’s book and I would agree it is such in the same way that The Little Prince is meant for children. What makes a wonderful book even more wonderful is that it contains a few lovely pictures, some drawn by Ivan, the protagonist Gorilla and some drawn by the daughter of the groundskeeper where Ivan and his fellow animal friends reside. I cannot guarantee that you will love The One and Only Ivan, as I did, but if you do, you will remember it forever,
Depressing story. I would not recommend for kids, slow and not uplifting. Didn’t even finish.
I read the book before I gave it as a Christmas gift to my little nephew. The reading level is appropriate for an average American 3rd grade kid, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well structured the plot is, the beautiful simplicity of the language, and the underlying thread of compassion among all characters big and small. It’s the best children’s book since EB White’s Charlotte’s Web.
Terrible messages for childrenAnd we did not come from apes.
I was not emotionally prepared for this story. I was asked by one of my students to get The One and Only Ivan for our school library and because I am a delightful person I bought a copy. Then I read it. We like to vet as many of the books that we can so that we don’t cause any upset to our students. I really wasn’t prepared for this story.I am not a lover of animal stories. It isn’t that I actively won’t read them but they wouldn’t be my first choice. The One and Only Ivan is based on the true story of Ivan the gorilla who was kept in captivity in a mall in America. In this story, the animals are anthropomorphised and we see from their point of view what it is like to live in captivity. The other animals – mainly the elephants Ruby and Stella – make Ivan remember what life is like outside of captivity.The One and Only Ivan had me in bits. If you do read it then please keep the box of tissues handy because you will need them.The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is available now.
Never judge a book by its cover – I did. The cover is charming and is the reason I was drawn to it.I must admit, it took me a little while to get into the book. It is written in an unusual way – very short paragraphs of one or two sentences, which at first felt disjointed. But bear with it.The story is told from the point of view of Ivan, a silver-back gorilla who is kept in a cage ‘domain’ in a shopping mall. He watches as life passes him by along with his few companions. He has trouble remembering anything much from his past and relies on Stella the elephant to do this. One day a new baby elephant arrives and she begins to change Ivan’s outlook.This is a charming story, providing an interesting insight of how life might be if you were a captive gorilla. Its a tale of friendship, determination and hope. It as a joy to read and would appeal to older readers who are interested in animals (it is based on some true facts) and protecting them.
Oh my goodness. I cried and was delightfully amazed in equal measures. Reminded me of Jeanne Willis’ Dumb Creatures. Loved it.
Touching and beautifully written. Told from the perspective of Ivan the Gorilla it tells the story of his rescue from a shopping mall where he’s been kept in isolation since arriving in the US. Because it’s meant to be a gorilla talking the whole book is written in simple sentences with each chapter being very brief – makes for an interesting read and perfect for primary school children who are studying how structure and style can be used to convey a lot about a character.
Really nice to have page long or two page chapters so it is easy to pick up for young readers. It brought lots of conversations about animals in captivity and we enjoyed watching the film after and finding out about the real Ivan.
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