One and Only Ivan (Paperback)

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Katherine Applegate weaves the sweet story of a friendship between Ivan, a silverback gorilla and the rest of the animals in a second rate zoo. When the zoo owner faces financial difficulties, he brings in a new baby elephant to attract the crowds. The heartwarming story uses art, compassion, and kindness to bring healing and hope to a forgotten group of loveable creatures. Middle grade, highly recommended.

— Martha

Winter 2012 Kids' Next List

“Ivan, a gorilla, has spent most of his life with humans and the other animals at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. His memory of life before humans and cages is hazy, until a terrified young elephant joins him and he starts to remember the importance of family and belonging. A wonderful read, full of heart.”
— Lisa Fabiano, Wellesley Books, Wellesley, MA


Bestselling author Applegate presents an unforgettable and uplifting tween animal fantasy that explores the power of friendship, art, and hope with humor and touching poignancy. Illustrations.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780007455331
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication Date: February 1st, 2012