The One and Only Ivan, soon to be a major motion picture, is the Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller.
Katherine Applegate's unforgettable novel 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 perspective of Ivan himself.
Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him, since he has spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall. He rarely ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies his time with television, friends, and painting. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through a fresh set of eyes.
In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate mixes humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, art, and hope.