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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Oh Katherine Applegate, why do you torture us so and make humans out to be complete jerks???  Because, my friends, sometimes we are when it comes to animals.

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

This message will stay with you forever. FOREVER!

The message in here is not pedantic so readers who hate books that they think are teaching them a lesson will love it. Who doesn’t love animals, right? On the surface, The One and Only Ivan is a sweet tale of Ivan and his friends at the Big Top Mall. But underneath, readers will understand that animals have feelings, deserve respect, and that humans can be cruel (and sometimes nice).

Why was I weeping over a giant Gorilla?

Because Ivan.

Did you cry too?

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

5 replies on “The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate”

My children read this book two summers ago. I cannot wait until they get home from school so I can show them this and they can leave comments about this amazing book.

Yes. I cried. I absolutely love this book even though I was so so sad while reading it. But it is filled with hope.
Have you seen the new picture book version by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by G. Bryan Karas?

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