The One and Only Ivan

  • by Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
  • Narrated by Adam Grupper
  • 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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32 chapters of an emotional rollercoaster!

If you could sum up The One and Only Ivan in three words, what would they be?

charming, heartbreaking, heartwarming!


What did you like best about this story?

We loved how this story kept us guessing. We couldn't wait to hear the next part. The author is creative, imaginative and sensitive. She touches your heart, breaks it and then glues it back together again. She took a real life situation and made it into an incredible and entertaining story.


Which character – as performed by Adam Grupper – was your favourite?

Bob added a light-hearted element to the book. Adam Grupper brought Bob to life, we enjoyed Bob's jokes and quips.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

We laughed and cried!


Any additional comments?

This review is written by myself and my Grade 3 students.

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- TW

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-03-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio