The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

23 May

If you love animals, this is the book for you. But beware – there’s a good chance you need at least a few tissues.

The One and Only Ivan

Ivan is a silverback – a gorilla. He has lived in the Big Top Mall for 9,876 days in his very small domain (he doesn’t like to call it a cage). He is surrounded by other animals, but hasn’t had any contact with any other gorillas since he was a baby. It’s not a good life, but there’s no way out… is there?

The coolest (and saddest) thing about this story is that it is based on a real gorilla named Ivan. He’s still alive in a zoo in Atlanta, Georgia!

Check it out here! And while you’re there, you can find out about the author, too.

This book is a tasty snack for banana lovers in fourth grade and up! 🙂


5 Responses to “The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate”

  1. Mary Kate June 15, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    I think a really good book that everyone would love is called “The Red Pyramid.” This book is about two kids who find out that there parents are magicains from the House Of Life. They set of on a quest to free their dad from Set, the god of evil and save the world.

  2. Annie G Olivia W. June 18, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Our favorite book this year was Marty McGuire.

  3. Brooke R. May 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    I recently just read this book and I really enjoyed it! 🙂

    • Jennifer D. August 19, 2015 at 2:17 am #

      I liked The One and Only Ivan. It was an enjoyable story

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