In Which I Review Three Children’s Books (I Had to Read Them For Class, But They Are Fantastic) Post Two

My second book out of the three I will be covering today: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

I am positive most of you will recognize Applegate from the Animorphs series that she and her husband wrote. Now, she is flying solo with this Newberry winner about a gorilla named Ivan who is held captive in a shopping mall. He is then transported to a man named Mac’s “circus,” where he begins our story. Ivan is surrounded by many animal friends who are trustworthy and kind, however Ivan wants more. (I will stop there, as I don’t want to spoil anything.)

This story was based on true events with a gorilla named Ivan back in the nineties, who was indeed held captive in a shopping mall. Bizarre, right? Due to the amount of animal activists pleading for Ivan to be set free, he finally was set free into a zoo where he initially had a difficult time adapting. At the age of fifty, Ivan passed away. Applegate was unable to ever see Ivan amidst developing and writing her story, however she attended his funeral.

I greatly recommend this novel if simply for its wonderful message of animal rights. It is well-presented and told, being from Ivan’s view, and well-executed.

(I apologize if this is a rather small review of the book. I recently presented, as of two days ago, a group presentation of this book and am a tad burnt out. I will provide more links below for those interested in finding out more.)

This book cover was taken from here:

You can go here to Applegate’s profile site to find out more about the author:

If interested in helping with animal cruelty and animal rights, I highly recommend visiting the World Wildlife Fund website. There, you can donate as little as $25.00 online, or if sent a letter in the mail, can donate as little as $1.00, to help towards a specific endangered animal in need, stopping deforestation, as well as other disasters in nature occurring throughout the globe. Please give this website a look if interested:

And finally, here is a link to an NPR article that is most interesting. It is an interview with Applegate that also discusses her book and the original: story: