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The One and Only Ivan

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: March 2013

Duration: 3 hours 46 minutes


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.


  • Sami F

    I loved the book it was definitely one of my favorite books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Michelle Kaatz

    This book is both heartbreaking and inspiring. It won the Newberry Medal for 2012 and it's clear why it deserved the honour. Without being graphic or disturbing, it addresses the issue of animals kept in captivity in less than ideal conditions in a poignant and sincere way that is perfect for young listeners (and is enjoyable for adults, too!) The narrator does a great job of creating voices for each animal and human character.