The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan is a really great book.  

It’s about a gorilla called Ivan who lives in a shopping mall with an elephant called Stella, a stray dog called Bob and a man called Mack.  They are a circus.

Ivan used to be a famous attraction, but after a few years he was forgotten and only the new people in town are interested in him.

Ivan doesn’t think very much about his old life in the jungle and he has accepted he will spend the rest of his life in his cage.  But then a new elephant comes to live with the animals and helps Ivan realise that there is a better life out there.  It is up to Ivan to find a way out for all of them.

I don’t want to give too much away, the book does have some sad bits in it, but ends happily.  I’m sure you will love it just like I did!

By Amy, 10.

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    bluepatty said,

    I just heard that the real Ivan died on Monday night ,at Zoo Atlanta at the age of 50 😦

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    wildninja said,

    Yes, he did. His health was in decline and after they put him under anethesia for a checkup he never woke up. From what I know captive gorillas don’t live much longer than 50, so he was a pretty old dude, especially considering that they live to be about 30 in the wild. He was a very unique and special character. I put one of his baby pictures on my blog.


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