The One and Only Ivan Paperback
Winner of the Newbery Medal 2013 Inspired by a true story, this is the beautifully written tale of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom.
A winning blend of humour and poignancy that will appeal to fans of Michael Morpurgo.
Ivan is an easy-going gorilla who has spent his life performing for the crowds at the Exit 8 shopping mall.
He rarely misses life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly thinks about it at all. But everything changes when a baby elephant called Ruby arrives and Ivan realises he must find a new life for them both.
Told from Ivan's perspective this is a stand-out novel with a pertinent message for readers of 9+.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 02/02/2012
- Category: Animal stories
- ISBN: 9780007455331
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Review by RefPenny
Ivan is a gorilla in a small circus/zoo at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He was originally a wild gorilla but has now grown used to his man-made ‘domain’ and enjoys drawing pictures that are sold in the gift shop. When a baby elephant called Ruby arrives, Ivan starts to remember his childhood and capture and hatches a plan to ensure Ruby has a better life than him.This book is written by Ivan, so is written in short chunks using simple language. You quickly identify with Ivan and get a sense of what his life is like. This is a beautiful and moving story suitable for children aged 10 and up but would make a great read-aloud for younger children.
Review by rata
Brilliant, this tale of Ivan, a silverback gorilla is told from his feelings and aspirations, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. The storyline is well written and each character, human or animal is well described. As a reader i could feel every emotion of each character and i will definitely be adding Applegate to my list of must read authors. This book is inspired by a true story of how a mighty gorilla wins his freedom. Ivan is an easy-going gorilla who has spent his life performing for the crowds at the Exit 8 shopping mall, 3 shows a day, 365 days a year. He rarely misses life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly thinks about it at all. But everything changes when a baby elephant called Ruby arrives and Ivan realises he must find a new life for them both. With the help from a girl Julia and encouragement from Bob ( a mongrel dog) Ivan comes up with a plan. Already an artist , his handprints sell in the mall for $25 framed, Ivan paints pictures. These pictures he hides until they will eventually come together as a billboard expressing an inner desire to live a more freer lifestyle in captivity rather than a cage. Julia posts the pictures over the billboard to the mall where Ivan and the other captive animals are housed, this sets the wheels in motion for them all to be re housed. This story of The one and Only Ivan, told Ivan's perspective holds a pertinent message for all readers.