This unforgettable novel from author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. This book was inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, and this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Katherine Applegate creates a captivating tale of friendship, art, and hope.
THE REAL IVAN!
The story The One and Only Ivan, was actually based off of the life of a real gorilla named Ivan. He was captured when he was an infant in the Congo and lived many years in a cage all by himself at a circus themed mall in Washington. People became outraged because they knew poor Ivan was not getting nearly the interaction he needed with other gorillas. When the mall where he was living went bankrupt, they moved Ivan to a zoo in Atlanta, where he ended up living happily with many other gorillas. Ivan died in 2012 and was 50 years old. Fun Fact: Ivan could paint! He would often paint pictures and then sign them with his thumbprint!