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  • The One and Only Ivan

  • By: Katherine Applegate, Patricia Castelao
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very nice story

  • By Ed on 09-03-13

Excellent for children and adults.

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Reviewed: 07-22-13

If you could sum up The One and Only Ivan in three words, what would they be?

Touching tale well-told

What other book might you compare The One and Only Ivan to and why?

None comes to mind

What about Adam Grupper’s performance did you like?

The pace at which he reads works well for the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Well told tale of friendship, hope and inspiration.

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