The one and only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate
This book is just the best. I love it.
Ivan is a Silverback gorilla, forced to live at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He remembers little of his past but loves art and painting or drawing on paper. Important too, are his faithful friends; Stella, an elephant, Bob a stray dog who loves sleeping on Ivan’s big warm stomach and Julia a young girl who also loves art. The language in this book is beautiful. It is simple, clear and concise. Gorillas don’t need too many words. Ivan thinks humans talk too much. “Humans waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot.” Ivan narrates the story and it is not long before we are totally captivated by his beliefs, his strengths and his love. When Ruby, a baby elephant arrives at the mall it becomes clear that something has to change. Ivan is forced to make a promise that will leave you gasping. This truly is a beautiful book. You will not be disappointed. Magic!
We have this book although on issue at the moment but I have ordered another as I know this is going to be favourite for so many of you. Come and place a reserve if you want a great book to read.