The One and Only Ivan

A student book review

Book Review: The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan is a book based off a true story. I would recommend this book for 3rd grade up to 6th grade.  This book is about a gorilla named Ian.  He was living a good and happy life in the wild until humans came and took him and killed his family. They took them in a van and harmed them.  Luckily, Ivan was able to escape. Then, began Ivan’s life.  Ivan was adopted by a man named Mack. He lived like a baby human inside Mack’s home.  Ivan had to move because he got too huge to Mack’s home.  Then they brought him to a tiny domain in the Big Top Mall.


The One and Only Ivan is a book about friendship. Ivan never gives up. Ivan has a best friend named Stella. She died one day.  Then a new elephant came to the Big Top Mall.  Her name was Ruby.  Ivan had to face taking care of this new elephant and try to get out!  I don’t want to spoil it for you.  Find out what happens in The One and Only Ivan.


Have fun reading it!


By: Catalina Suniga, Third Grade

The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate
illustrated by Patricia Castelao

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