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The one and only Ivan

by Applegate, Katherine.

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Audio/Visual juv PL APPLEGATE Katherine
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
 
Collection  Juvenile Audio/Visual
 
Call Number  juv PL APPLEGATE Katherine
 
 
Summary
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
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"
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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 -- Fiction.
Elephants -- Fiction.
Animals -- Treatment -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Audiobooks.
Publisher [Solon, Ohio] : Prince Frederick, MD :Findaway World, LLC ;2013
[Distributed exclusively by] Recorded Books, LLC,
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Grupper, Adam, narrator.
Recorded Books, LLC.
Playaway Digital Audio.
Findaway World, LLC.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Adam Grupper.
Audience 8 years and up.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
"HDAUDIO."
Previously released by Recorded Books, LLC, p2013.
Issued on Playaway, a dedicated media audio player.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.
Description 1 audio media player (3 hr., 45 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
ISBN 9781470377144
1470377144
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