The One and Only Ivan
Katherine Applegate (Goodreads Author),
Patricia Castelao (Illustrations)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This Newbery winner book is based on a true story. It's about
Ivan, a gorilla who lives in a cage for many years, since he was still a
baby. He know nothing about being a gorilla.
He works for a circus and makes friends with the other
animals. His best friends are Bob, a stray dog who always sleeps on his
belly, and Stella, an elephant.
When the circus doesn't have many
visitors, the owner brings a baby elephant, Ruby. Stella takes care of
Ruby, but her condition is getting worse. One night, Stella made Ivan
promise to take care of Ruby & put her in a safe place. Then Stella
From then on, Ruby must perform in circus to replace Stella. Mack, the owner uses claw stick to make Ruby cooperate with the training. The claw stick made from little blades that hurts animals. Ivan tries to find a way to free Ruby.
You see, Ivan is an artist, he likes to draw. And by drawing, he plans to free Ruby and give her a new home.
Will Ivan succeed? After all, he is only a gorilla.
A really, really good story, told from Ivan's voice makes me wonder whether they could really understand us.