The One and Only Ivan (Hardcover)

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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

November 2011 Indie 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

Product Details
ISBN: 9784062190404
ISBN-10: 4062190400
Publisher: Tsai Fong Books
Publication Date: July 1st, 2014
Pages: 267
Language: Japanese