The One and Only Ivan (Google eBook)
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.
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Review: The One and Only IvanUser Review - Tracy - Goodreads
Personal Reaction: I loved it. It was extremely moving. (I did hope for more illustrations, they were so well done. Reminded me again of Flawed Dogs by Breathed or The Miraculous Journey of Edward ... Read full review
Review: The One and Only IvanUser Review - Sarah - Goodreads
Ivan is a silverback gorilla living in the Exit 8 Big Top Mall, part of which has been turned into a makeshift zoo. He's your basic gorilla in captivity, his strong personality toned down by years in ... Read full review
People call me the Freeway Gorilla The Ape at Exit 8 The One and Only Ivan