The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

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.

Harper

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6 Responses

  1. This book was not too bad, a touching story about an elephant and a gorilla. It is told from the gorilla’s point of view, so the author gets lucky and says the gorilla “doesn’t waste words” so she takes the opportunity putting in short sentences. The book was a pleasant read, but I don’t think it is Newbery worthy.

  2. I really liked this book. It was a bit funny, a bit sad in the middle, and had a good end. It was based on a true story of an actual gorilla which was interesting. This book might be for younger kids but it could really win in my opinion.

  3. I liked this book. It was sometimes funny and sometimes sad. I don’t think it had any unneeded parts. It made me want to continue reading. I think it can win the newbery.

  4. It is made for younger readers (6th, 5th) but I still loved the book. The story was both humorous and sad in parts, but I really enjoyed it, and it currently does have a chance at winning.

  5. I too enjoyed this book. Reading stories about animals is a touchy subject for me though; the first time I read White Fang, I cried like a baby at the end. Ivan connects to this by having a touching ending. I think it is cool how it is based on a true story.

    This is Newbery material, people.

    ***** (The rare 5 star achievment)

    “Expect the UnXpected”

  6. I liked how realistic this book seemed despite the fact that we were reading this from an animals point of view. I liked the book but i had a hard time connecting with it becuase i don’t like elephants or gorillas. Maybe newbery, maybe not – ask people who like elephants and gorillas and sad books.

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