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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions are honest and my own.The One and Only Ivan Series: The One and Only Ivan #1
by Katherine Applegate
Illustrator: Patricia Castelao
Genres: Animals, Children, Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction
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.
Published by HarperCollins on January 17, 2012
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Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, content writer, and entrepreneur residing in New England.
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