The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

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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.
Publisher: New York : Harper
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781470351250
Characteristics: audio file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jan 03, 2019

The audiobook version of this book is fantastic. This book is completely narrated in first-person by Ivan, a captive gorilla. Adam Grupper reads the story with a slow, gruff cadence, which gives vibrant life to Ivan's simplistic, naive and compassionate personality. It's funny, it's sad, and there are a lot of very powerful themes throughout. At just under 4 hours, this story is well worth the time.

May 19, 2018

I read this book in grade three for a book club and I loved it so so so much. I have read the book at least four times and cried when you know who and what happened ahem no spoilers here, three times. Tragic.

Aug 07, 2015

This is a beautiful story of life struggles, friendship and being true to oneself. My 9 year old and I were captivated by the intriguing tale beautifully written and appropriately narrated. Free of pop culture references, this is a timeless tale that you can safely play without worrying about anything inappropriate. Please get more materials like this one for the library!

Jan 08, 2015

The audio version of this book is excellently narrated- the actor is completely believable as the one and only Ivan. The story is very sad at times, but in ways that ring true to the historic (and sadly current) treatment of animals by humans. At the same time, the characters persevere and there is an overall tone of hope, with an ending that will leave a smile on your face.

JCLMelodyMK Jan 09, 2014

a great read with a Gorilla as the narrator. It makes you think about the animals in some of the awful ways they are kept in cages and alone. But it has a nice ending and very nice character develoment. I would recommend this to be read by any age.


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May 19, 2018

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Jan 08, 2015

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