Sunday, December 30, 2012

The One and Only Ivan

By Katherine Applegate

Ivan is a silverback gorilla who lives in a cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. Ivan is kept company by Bob, a tiny dog, and Stella, a giant elephant. Ivan loves art! He spends his time drawing pictures of banana peels, candy wrappers, and bugs. One day a baby elephant named Ruby is added to Stella's cage. Ruby came to them from a circus where she had been treated very badly. Ivan promises to take good care of Ruby, and to help her find a better home. The tiny elephant and the big gorilla become best friends.

I think this book kind of reminds me of Charlotte's Web, where Charlotte tries to save Wilbur's life. You will like this book if you like Charlotte's Web, and fictional books with animal characters.

If you are friends with me and you have a Nook, I can lend it to you!

To find out more about this book you can visit the author's book site at

Rating: 5 worms

Interest Level: Grades 3 to 6
Reading Level: 3.6
Pages:  320