The One and Only Ivan Book Reviews

Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Book Summary

The #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan is now a major motion picture streaming on Disney+

This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. 

Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes.

In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope.

The One and Only Ivan features first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); and story elements (plot, character development, perspective).

This acclaimed middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 8, for independent reading, homeschooling, and sharing in the classroom.

Plus don't miss The One and Only Bob, Katherine Applegate's return to the world of Ivan, Bob, and Ruby!

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Book Name The One and Only Ivan
Genre Animal Fiction for Kids
Language English
E-Book Size 4.6 MB

The One and Only Ivan (Katherine Applegate) Book Reviews 2024

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The one and only Ivan. This is a really good book

Good. This is a great book I I'm reading this book in my class

It is a great book to read my glad that I pick it out to read. So I think more people should read the one and only Ivan .๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Good. :)

Based on a true story. This is a amazing read !!!! Ivan the gorilla was real . He spent 27 years in a mall, and last 10 years at a zoo till he died in 1994 .... this is for you IVAN

The one and only Ivan. When I was younger I read it in class and LOVED it. It is funny, sad, bit mean but overall it was a great book and hope that yโ€™all will like it to! ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜

Cool. I decied to buy this book becuse my teacher has this book. I love this book.

Love this book. I am only nine and literally fell in love with Ivan and his friend so if you love adventure then buy this now now now now ๐Ÿ˜

!. We read it in class before corona virus

Beyond Awesome. A great book. Has a lot of sad parts though.

The one and only Ivan. This is a really good book ๐Ÿ˜€

Get Ready for Misty Eyes. THIS BOOK. After all of this Joe Exotic nonsense this book made my heart so happy. I legitimately teared up several times. Itโ€™s written for middle grade, but it can touch the heart of readers at any age. A story of compassion, love, and doing whatโ€™s right. All of the characters were complex and beautiful. Even Mack wasnโ€™t a villain, just a misguided person like all of us. This book doesnโ€™t shame, only enlightens.

Great book. I wish I could read it again!

Best book ever. I love this book it is so great and Ruby and Ivan are so cool Bob is boring who cares about him lol I also like how Stella dies and itโ€™s so cool that I even have a picture of a dead Stella

Amazing. I love this book! Itโ€™s a long book, but itโ€™s quick to read! Perfect for any book activity to do in school, if you donโ€™t have a lot of time left! ๐Ÿ˜

sad and happy. i love the book to

I love this book.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ. So I actually love this book I am in 6th grade and my teacher read this book when I was like in 4th grade and I love it now I read 5 chapters every day ๐Ÿ™‚and I like it so far๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ ๐Ÿคฉ

Good book. This book has lots of feeling and I think more people should read this book.

Sad but happy. I did not buy this book here but I am reading in library it is so much fun๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„

One of the best. This book is one of the best books Iโ€™ve ever read! Itโ€™s a roller coaster! You are happy and sad, and sometimes happy-sad... K.A. Applegate knows how to write the perfect book; she knows where to insert flashbacks, personal thoughts of the characters, and how the characters should act. Also, this is good for AR quizzing. 4pts โค๏ธ

Excellent- I learn something new every time I read.. I first heard this book when my 5th grade teacher read it to me. Now, as a sophomore I read it again and honestly learned so much more about the story. Itโ€™s awesome for all ages. Definitely recommend

Ivan the one p. XPOX45

The one and only boring. The story line was pretty boring and it did NOT get my attention + it didnโ€™t even give me any ideas before or after I read this book!

THE BEST BOOK IN HISTORY. It looks very big in the benigning. But it is a great book. I love animals soo much and I loved this book so much to. I would stay up late for 2 hours reading this. Also all the reviews that are one star they definitely dint actually focus on this book. Everyone I ask if the have read this book and if they said yes they said it is a great book and I recommend this book to people that like animals and are mostly girls but boys will definitely like to I read it many times over!

ehh. it was good but very long for a book you can sum up easily

The one and only Ivan. This book is my favorite book now

The One and Only Ivan. I liked this book because it had a lot of interesting things and love and happiness. And I went to the Atlanta Zoo when I was little and saw the one and only Ivan. Jackson, age 9

BEST BOOK EVER. I enjoyed this book so much and the end is so sweet .

Great book. A beautiful book!!

Good book. The One and Only Ivan is a great book! It is packed with memorable and heart warming moments. This is a great read!

AMAZING. I have read this book at least 100 times! It is truly an amazing book and I DEFINITELY recommend!!

Great book. I love this book!๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

#BestBookEver!. I am speechless!!!!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ I love it! You should get it now!

A good book. I like it when he sees other gorillas in the zoo.

Such a beautiful book. There really arenโ€™t any words to explain how magnificent this book is! ABSOLUTELY EXTRAORDINARY!! Here are some steps 1. Stop what your doing 2. Drop everything 3. Buy this God dang book!! Kay thatโ€™s all Bai

The one and only Ivan. Personally I thought it was really boring so I would not recommend this book

E. E Weeeeeeeeee ee eeeeeeeettet

Lila. Great boon really enjoyed it so so much

Izzy your biggest fan. I love this book and I wrote a story about it to this helped me to treat my dog great I hope answer me love Isabella

The One And Only Ivan. Yes itโ€™s sad but it can also be a funny book especially Ivan but what makes it sad is that Ivan he has the saddest background out of all the characters he does loose 1 very important friend in his life but in the end it was all worth it ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ง

This is literally the best book ever!!!. This book is like soooooooooooooooo good I love all the other ones too I like to imagine the characters talking in my head it is really fun but for some reason Ivan in my head sounds like a nerd๐Ÿ˜‚ but these book are AMAZING read them โ€ฆ..RIGHT NOW!!!!

Heart warming. This was a bedtime story. My children really loved it. Will continue to keep reading the rest. It was a heart warming story.

Children Book. I read this book when I was in middle school. Iโ€™m in my third year of high school now, and this book was the book that gave me the interest of reading. This book is really good, it teach kids that there is much to people than what is on the outside. Personally it gave a better understanding of zoo animals.

So glad. Xoxoxo to the one and only IVAN I personally love this book it is so adorable and fun I wanna read It for my 3rd time

Ok but not the best book ever. I like the setup but it was not that an ok book not really bad but not really really good I do like her other books like Crenshaw their was something off to me but overall it was pretty good

LOVE IT. This book is my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK EVER!!!!!!! I love it so much because it actually seems like it is written by Ivan the gorilla. Such a sweet book too. I own the book, audiobook and both on my cell phone as well. Totally worth the $.

One and only Ivan. This is one of my favorite books Whoever the author is thank you for making this book.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‚

Great!. Love this book! Sad and Happy.


Amazing. Full of heart and inspiration

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BEST BOOK EVER. I loved this book it was exquisite. I recommend to read this book very highly

The one and only Ivan. Great book!!!!!!!!

Love it!!. This book is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Good!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Amazing!. I had a book club with my class and I read the book. It was amazing. I love the character ruby and bob. This is my favourite book ever!

Popular. My school has readied this

The one and only Ivan. I read a sample of 33 pages and knew immediately that it was the best book I have ever red in my life. Thank you for writing this book

Best book! ๐Ÿค‘. This is an awesome book! It's worth ten dollars

The One and Only Ivan. Sweet and moving story about a gorilla finding a home.

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