“I am Ivan.” “I am a gorilla.”
“It’s not as easy as it looks.”
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.
This book is a must read for almost everyone-8 to 100. 🙂
My heart broke for Ivan’s conditions. Well, my heart broke for Stella, Bob, Ruby….
This book teaches you to look at a common thing from a totally different perspective, to think about those around you.
It captures your heart and never lets it go.
One of my favorite quotes from the book was:
“I like colorful tales with black beginnings and stormy middles and cloudless blue-sky endings.”
But my favorite words from the story were:
You’ll know why when you read this book. And I know you’ll read this book. Because I said so. 🙂
5 of 5 stars to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
If you want to read about the REAL Ivan go to The One and Only Ivan.
If you want to see a book trailer that will touch your heart go to Mr. Schu’s blog: Watch. Connect. Read
Sidenote: We had a great twitter chat about this fantastic book. If you want to read the profound things that were said you can look up the hashtag #theoneandonlyivan on twitter.
And if you want to you can follow me at @shannonclark7 .