I stopped reading this book to my son after school recommended it. We are a family of animal lovers and I didn't like the graphic descriptions of a dead elephant thrown into a dumpster with forklift and Ivan's family murdered with heads and hands chopped off. I think that the point could have been made that humans can be cruel without such graphic detail. The ending was good and I realize it is based on a true story. I think such horror can be left out of a child's book. What is wrong with people? We need to go back to the classics.