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The One and Only Ivan Hardcover – January 17, 2012
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From School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews Best of Children's Books 2012
Amazon 2012 Best Books of the Year, Middle Grade
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2012
New York Public Library 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, 2012
Cybils shortlist, 2012 middle grade fantasy (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards)
Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2013-14 Master List
2012 Nerdies Book Award, middle grade fiction
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews:
"How Ivan confronts his harrowing past yet stays true to his nature exemplifies everything youngsters need to know about courage.”
Starred Review, School Library Journal:
“The characters will capture readers’ hearts and never let go. A must-have.”
Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books:
"Discover an animal hero that will take his place with other courageous and beloved animals such as Babe, Mrs. Frisby, Charlotte and Wilbur. Adults reading this aloud with children will find it just as rewarding.”
“The best book of 2012.”
--John Schumacher (Watch. Connect. Read. blogger and 2014 Newbery committee member) and Travis Jonker (School Library Journal blogger, 100 Scope Notes, and 2014 Caldecott committee member)
"Beautifully written, intelligent, and brave book…Quite simply, this story is life-changing.”
--Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medalist, Sarah, Plain and Tall
"The One and Only Ivan will break your heart--and then, against all odds, mend it again."
--Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor author of The Wednesday Wars
"Kindness and its ability to change lives shines through on every single page of this book.”
--Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath
Top Customer Reviews
Too many children are sheltered from animals, left to draw their experiences from animated movies like Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and Alvin and the Chipmunks. What's missing from those stories? Humanity and tenderness; qualities you will find in abundance in this book.
Applegate's story should resonate with animal lovers, too. The gorilla lives a simple, sad life with only a couple friends, including Bob, a stray dog, and Stella, an aging elephant. The years of living behind a glass wall at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade has numbed Ivan to his own misery. He is barely self-aware of his suffering until the arrival of a baby elephant named Ruby arouses emotions long dormant in Ivan.
I read the book to my sons as a bedtime story. The first-person narrative hooked them after only a few pages. The chapters are short, which makes it easy to reach a stopping point each night. A word of caution, only the cold-hearted will finish this book without feeling a pang or shedding a tear. My sons' enthusiasm has me considering The Yearling, a Pulitzer Prize winning classic, for our next bedtime book.Read more ›
I am not sure who wrote the overview above but they obviously did not read the same book I did. I found very little humor in this book. The funniest part was when Ivan painted with chocolate frosting on the fridge. The use of the poignancy however is very accurate.
This book won the Newbery Award. This is awarded to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
I can’t say that I agree. I personally found 80% of this book depressing and cried through parts of it. Normally, I would say that is the sign of a great book but in this case I disagree. This has a reading level of 3.6 (3rd grade 6 month). I am not sure I would let my 6th grader read this. Ok, I would but I would warn her beforehand. Actually, she walked in while I was reading at one point and asked why I was crying. I would not want my children crying themselves to sleep at night over a book. This book is like a Hemingway novel for children. I am certainly not saying that books need to always be happy. I understand life is not always sunny. But this story went overboard trying to make the reader feel empathy for not only the animals but the people in the book. EVERYONE had a sad back story. Divorce, sickness, death, lack of money, being kidnapped, homelessness and abuse are just a few examples.
This book did have a nice happy ending but the arrival to that point was just too emotionally exhausting for me. I felt it was bit unrealistic (and that is coming from a person who loves unrealistic books). That part just didn't fit with the rest of the story in my opinion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the voice of the One and Only Ivan needs to be read by all ages. It is a wonderful story about finding family and friendship among unexpected situations.Published 1 hour ago by s.m
I loved this book because it was very detailed, it had a beautiful story, and I loved the characters
Thank you, Katherine Applegate.🌹
Don't limit this to a child's book - it's a wonderful read. Grown-ups would do well to always have a 'kids' book in their reading material. Read morePublished 11 days ago by olyjan
This book was dedicated for the older children in my son's school for the One Book One School program. However, I did note that this is appropriate for younger readers. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Danielle
I got my own copy to read along with my daughter (4th grade) this summer so we could discuss it. It was a smooth read and a well written story. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Michelle Nester