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The one and only Ivan

by Applegate, Katherine.

Format: Book on CD 2013
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Audio/Visual juv CD APPLEGATE Katherine
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audio/Visual
 
Call Number  juv CD APPLEGATE Katherine
 
 
Bridgeville Public Library Juvenile Audio-visual JUV FIC APP
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audio-visual
 
Call Number  JUV FIC APP
 
 
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."--container
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ivan, a silverback gorilla, has lived in a glass, metal, and concrete enclosure at Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, conveniently located off I-95, for 27 years. Bored, he watches TV, draws pictures, throws me-balls (dried excrement) at visitors, and enjoys the company of a venerable elephant named Stella and a few other friends. After a baby elephant arrives, Ivan makes Stella a solemn promise that seems impossible to fulfill. The text, written in first person from Ivan's point of view, does a good job of vividly conveying his personality, emotions, and intelligence as well as creating a sense of otherness in his point of view. His story is based on the life of a gorilla now living at Zoo Atlanta. The book's wide-spaced lines, plentiful white space, and pleasing black-and-white illustrations make this a quicker read than the page count might suggest. Animals fans will enjoy this one.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Inspired by a true story, Applegate (Home of the Brave) offers a haunting tale told from the perspective of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who has been confined to a small "domain" of concrete, metal, and glass for 27 years. Joining Ivan at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade are Stella, an aging elephant, and Bob, a feisty stray dog. While other animals perform, Ivan makes art, watches TV, and offers melancholy assessments of their situation. When Ruby, an inquisitive baby elephant, arrives and Stella dies from neglect, her dying wish is for Ivan to help Ruby escape. The brief chapters read like free-verse poetry, the extra line breaks between paragraphs driving home the contrast between Ivan and humans, who in his opinion, "waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot." As is to be expected, there's significant anthropomorphism, but Applegate is largely successful in creating a protagonist who can understand humans yet feels like a gorilla. Although Ivan's role in the events leading to their rescue reads as too human, readers will be left rethinking our relationship to animals. Final art not seen by PW. Agent: Wernick & Pratt Agency. Illustrator's agent: Kidshannon. Ages 8-12. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Gorilla -- Juvenile fiction.
Elephants -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Animal welfare -- Juvenile fiction.
Gorilla -- Fiction.
Elephants -- Fiction.
Animals -- Treatment -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Elephants.
Gorilla.
Animal welfare.
Friendship.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2013
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Grupper, Adam.
Participants/Performers Read by Adam Grupper.
Language English
Notes Compact disc.
Description 3 audio discs (3 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781470351236
1470351234
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