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Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
By K Applegate
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

ISBN 9780544252301

For those that read this blog regularly you will know that I have blogged about The one and only Ivan before. First for the incredible quality of the writing and very moving story of Ivan the gorilla who spent most of his life in a shopping mall. Secondly after the real Ivan died where I sat crying into my computer. Well I am doing it again. Now as a picture book / non-fiction book I am again moved by the story of Ivan. This book is not out until October but I just have to share the trailer, for in the true spirit of the writers of the nerdybookclub – everyone, everywhere should know about Ivan. The trailer for this book is powerful enough on its own that very little is needed to be said. If you don’t know about Ivan, then please find a copy of the novel. You won’t be disappointed – I promise. And for those who are fans already do check out the trailer and keep an eye out for this beautiful picture book. I will be waiting eagerly with tissues in hand!
We teach our students about making a difference. Ivan made a difference and I think this book will have impact on a younger audience who will in turn hopefully go out and make a difference in their world.

Earlier post on Ivan

Thanks to nerdybookclub.wordpress.com for show-casing this wonderful trailer for the world to see.

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I’m sitting here in the school library with tears streaming down my face. One of the most powerful books I have read this year was about The one and only Ivan by K Applegate. Based on truth the story of Ivan is just lovely. What an amazing creature.
Ivan was 50 and apparently still painting pictures.

A reminder of the book. The language and story are beautiful.

The one and only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate

Wow! This book just blew me away. Like others I have known who have read this, it will leave you in tears. Sad tears and happy tears. This is such a beautiful and well written story that you cannot help but be moved. Ivan is a Silverback gorilla, caged for almost as long as he can remember. When a baby elephant arrives at his animal mall, it soon needs protecting. Ivan has to step up and he does. Powerful and simply one of the best books. A must read if ever there was one. Review to follow in the review pages. Thanks to Zac for sending me this copy. I need another box of tissues now!