The One and Only Ivan

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012, 9:17 am

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The One and Only Ivan

Katherine Applegate and Patricia Castelao


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Laela T

Kids, Tweens

General fiction, Fantasy


In brief


The One and Only Ivan tugs at the heartstrings in a way that only a true story can.

The One and Only Ivan is based on the true story of a gorilla that lived at a shopping mall in a small cage by himself for 27 years. What should be a sad story turns into a truly heartwarming story. Things start out a little slow, but by the end I was racing to see what would happen to Ivan and his little elephant friend, Ruby.

Things I liked:
* Little dog Bob
* Art makes Ivan a better gorilla
* There is a hint of cancer story, but Applegate didn't need to follow that storyline, so she didn't.
* This story has a great ending, just like the real Ivan's story. It will bring a tear to your eye.