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The One and Only Ivan

Applegate, Katherine (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Authors: Applegate, Katherine
Title: The one and only Ivan
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Summary: When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Awards & Distinctions: Newbery Medal Award, 2013 Winner
Local Note: (02/12)ss
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Additional Contributors: Castelao, Patricia
ISBN: 9780061992254
0061992259
Branch Call Number: Ju F APP
Statement of Responsibility: Katherine Applegate ; illustrations by Patricia Castelao
Subject Headings: Gorilla Fiction Elephants Fiction Animals Treatment Fiction Gorilla Juvenile fiction Elephants Juvenile fiction Animals Treatment Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Gorilla
Elephants
Animals
Gorilla
Elephants
Animals
LCCN: 2011010034
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List - July 2014 Staff Picks by: PrincetonPLkids Jul 24, 2014

2012 Newbery winner.


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Aug 11, 2014
  • ririshres2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book. A Silverback's story who's not quite a silver back. ;)

Aug 10, 2014
  • adam2005 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Summary: This is a book about a gorilla who lives in a mall with his friends: two elephants, a wild dog and a little girl, his story and how he is transferred to the zoo.
Comment: This is an awesome book! :D

I like the gorilla
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A great book! Highly recommended!

Jul 07, 2014
  • cindyyu rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

an very good book

Jul 07, 2014
  • dvyas1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very heart touching book!

Jun 12, 2014
  • arc_of_the_world rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

awesome book

Jun 12, 2014
  • balice rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a children's book, which this not-even-close-to-childhood woman loved. It is a book of minimal words, which seems to be the way a gorilla would tell his tale, if he were to do so. Ivan is such a fantastic character, along with Bob the dog - his best buddy - and Ruby the baby elephant. It is a quick read, and profoundly moving.

Jun 12, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simple and approachable while at the same time subtle and complex.

Intelligent, compassionate, honest, sad, dramatic, fantastical, gritty, and hopeful in all the right amounts.

Predictable yet still suspenseful.

About a small cast of animals. About humanity.

Entertaining.

Insightful.

Jun 12, 2014
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first thing to notice about The One and Only Ivan is the writing style. It's eloquent in the way that only sparse and simplistic prose can be; it marks Ivan's thought process as different from humans'. It's also eminently quotable. An unprecedented aspect to this book is Ivan's upbringing. It's twisted and sad and plain odd in every sense. When compared to his childhood in the jungle, which he slowly remembers -- the remembering also playing an important part in the book -- it makes him even more likeable, even more admirable. The animal supporting cast, Stella and Bob and Ruby, each bring a different facet of personality in contrast with Ivan's. Stella's insights into humanity (animality?) are an excellent foil for Bob's down-to-earth realism, and Ruby's young inquisitiveness as she grows into her gentle strength is delightful. Even the human supporting cast, Julia and George and Mack, are adequately developed, with Mack's ambiguity -- is he good? is he cruel? is he just trying to survive? -- offsetting the kindness of the other two. And then the way Ivan triggers the change... it somehow encompasses all the damage done to these animals and, well, not precisely makes up for it, but turns it around. As Stella says, "A good zoo is how humans make amends."

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Jan 10, 2014
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Jul 18, 2013
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Apr 02, 2013
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Jan 05, 2013
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Nov 30, 2012
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Nov 29, 2012
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Nov 15, 2012
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Apr 05, 2012
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Mar 07, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Having spent 27 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.

Jul 07, 2013
  • jkherm rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is told from the point of view of the gorilla Ivan. Ivan is treated as a means for income and certainly not a respected animal of God's creation. Applegate's story tells of Ivan's friendships with the other animals in this shopping mall mini-circus.

Mar 07, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Basically what we have here is Charlotte’s Web if you took that tiny spider and replaced her with a 300-pound gorilla. Which, to be frank, would normally bode badly for said gorilla. And certainly badly is how Ivan, the titular hero of this tale, bodes when you consider that he is trapped in an off-highway mall circus. Ivan’s never questioned his fate seriously, considering that he’s been there for twenty-seven years. Then one day Mack, the owner of the mall, decides that the only way to drum up more business will be to buy a new resident. There’s already Ivan and Stella, the elephant with an injured foot that doesn’t seem to be getting better. To this mix comes Ruby, a baby elephant not long captured from her home in the wild. Thanks to Ruby, Ivan sees that this is no place for a baby of any sort and he must use all his brains and intelligence to find a way to save not just her but himself as well.

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Jun 12, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In my new life as a human, I was well tended. I ate lettuce leaves with Thousand Island dressing, and caramel apples, and popcorn with butter. My belly ballooned.

But hunger, like food, comes in many shapes and colors. At night, lying alone in my Pooh pajamas, I felt hungry for the skilled touch of a grooming friend, for the cheerful grunts of a play fight, for the easy safety of my nearby troop, foraging through shadows. . . .

Sometimes I lay awake, wishing for the warmth of another just like me, asleep in a night nest of tender prayer-plant leaves.

I liked having sips of soda poured into my mouth like a bubbling waterfall. But every now and then, I longed to search for a tender stalk of arrowroot, to feel the tease of a mango, just out of reach.

Jun 12, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bob, who has been chewing his tail, pauses, tilting his head. "Is that a true story?"

"I always tell the truth," Stella replies. "Although I sometimes confuse the facts."

Mar 07, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Human babies are an ugly lot. But their eyes are like our babies’ eyes. Too big for their faces, and for the world.”

Mar 07, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Humans always smell odd when change is in the air. Like rotten meat with a hint of papaya.”

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Mar 07, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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