Monday, February 11, 2013

Bibliophile's Corner

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

Flap Copy Description:
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.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home - and his own art - through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

My Thoughts:
The One and Only Ivan is this year's Newbery Medal Award Winner! To say that Katherine Applegate's middle grade novel is unique and wonderful, would be a gross understatement. The talented Ms. Applegate is a master storyteller, writing with a poetic and lyrical style. The author bravely tells her tale (inspired by true events) in the first person through the eyes of Ivan - a silverback gorilla. Issues of love, hope, and friendship more than outshine the darker issues of loss, loneliness, and animal neglect that make this remarkable novel a must read. I would highly recommend The One and Only Ivan to readers from the ages of eight to eighty!

To learn more about the author, Katherine Applegate, click here: http://theoneandonlyivan.com/author/

11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great story, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I hope to read it soon, everyone who's read it has great things to say.

    ps.
    I'm holding a giveaway this month for the challenge and the first three people to link up a review win a signed bookmark from verse novelist, Cathy Ostlere. There are still two spots open! ;)

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    1. Darn it anyway, Amanda. I don't have another novel in verse ready to post yet. Have a great week!

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    2. Amanda, I wanted to mention that for me, The One and Only Ivan was a bit of novel in verse, itself. However, I couldn't determine that it had technically been classified as such.

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    3. I consider it to be a novel in verse. Feel free to link it up if you wish =)

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    4. Thanks, Amanda. I just did attach a link, although Linky doesn't always like me! ^_^

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  2. This one sounds like a good story! I love when they can be read and enjoyed from ages 8 to 80.

    I got my card today, Vicki. Thanks so much!!!

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    1. I know how much you love animals, Loree - you would love it! From one Starbucks fanatic to another...you're welcome! ^_^

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  3. So deserving of the Newbery. I love this book. :)

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I'm so glad to "see" you again! I have been unable to leave a comment on your blog - maybe that's by your design. ^_^ All the best, dear friend.

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  4. Glad to hear you enjoyed this one, Victoria. I started it some time back but couldn't get into it. May have just been where I was at at the time. I may give it another go sometime.

    I received the B&N card today and your lovely note. Thanks again! =)

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    1. For me, "The One and Only Ivan" took a few chapters to hook me, but by the end of the novel I felt the full impact of the Newbery winner. I also think it is one of the most creative and unique MG novels I've read in quite some time. Hope you grab just the right read with your B&N card. ^_^

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