- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Clarion Books (Oct. 7 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0544252306
- ISBN-13: 978-0544252301
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.9 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Hardcover – Oct 7 2014
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Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare."
"Using pencilline drawing and washes of pastel, Karas feelingly depicts Ivan's gentle and loving personality conveying how this gentle gorilla won the hearts of thousands of people-and readers."
"Karas's darkly hued, smudgy illustrations complement the tone of the narrative and convey the sense of loneliness and isolation that marked the gorilla's existence."
-School Library Journal
"The spareness of both text and pictures invites readers to find their own meaning in the moving story."
-Horn Book Magazine
"Karas's muted illustrations capably reflect the contrasts between Ivan's happy early life in Africa, his gloomy years in captivity, and his eventual transfer to a new home."
"Applegate's spare text gives readers just enough grounding to follow Ivan's journey, while Karas's artwork fills in Ivan's emotional life through the gorilla's engaged expressions and body language - no image more triumphant than Ivan's release into Zoo Atlanta. A heartfelt tribute to a magnificent animal."
-Shelf Awareness, starred review
"The text is streamlined but powerful, and younger kids who aren't up for the linguistic and emotional challenges of Applegate's fictional account of Ivan will find this a thoughtful and intriguing introduction; older readers who have read The One and Only Ivan may enjoy it as well."
About the Author
Katherine Applegate 's many children's books include the Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the best-selling Animorphs series. She lives in California. www.katherineapplegate.com .
G. Brian Karas is the award-winning author and illustrator of many acclaimed picture books. He lives in New York. www.gbriankaras.com
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This picture book is not narrated by Ivan, which is a shame, because Ivan had such a unique voice and a wry sense of humor. Rather, this is a biography about Ivan the gorilla, from his infancy in Africa amongst the other gorillas, his capture by poachers and subsequent arrival in America, his childhood as a "human", his internment at the shopping mall, and finally, his new life at the zoo in Atlanta.
The prose is light and airy, but it also has emotional depth. It conveys information about Ivan's life in an engaging and evocative manner. One part that struck me was that Ivan had been "ordered and paid for, like a couple of pizzas, like a pair of shoes."
The illustrations by G. Brian Karas are phenomenal. I have enjoyed his work in other books, and I love the way he has brought Ivan's world to life.
My daughter had some objections to details in the picture book that differed from those found in the novel. I explained the concept of "artistic license" to her, and she seemed satisfied with that.
I think this picture book is a fine companion to the Ivan novel. It makes Ivan's story accessible to children on a lower reading level than the level of novel.
I would absolutely recommend this book to others.
I knew it was about a gorilla in a shopping mall before I ordered it. I knew that it was a true story.
It starts off as a gentle story about a baby gorilla living in Africa. There are several pages of his original life. But then the humans come. He is abducted and flown to Washington to be a draw for crowds in a shopping mall. The story is told very matter-of-factly, yet very gently. The 27 years Ivan spent locked in a cement box are, of course, horrific. But as awareness of animal intelligence grows, so does peoples' determination to free him. He spent the last 18 years of his life living in a zoo, usually just another horror for animals, but in this case Ivan was free to roam on 1 and 1/2 acres. It was certainly an improvement from his previous caged life.
The book moved me to tears.
I immediately went back to Amazon to buy copies for all of the families I know. Again, it starts off as just another animal story. But the enlightenment it can potentially bring to the children who read this book about the immorality of subjecting an intelligent animal to this kind of abuse is well worth my investment.