Bibliographic Information: Applegate, K. (2012). The One and Only Ivan. New York: HarperCollins.
Brief Annotation: This is a story about humanity told from a gorilla’s point of view. Ivan is part of a circus where they live in tiny cages. He, with the help of his friend Julia, uses his artistic skills to help his new friend Ruby escape.
Genre: Chapter Book
Grade Level: 3-6
Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy fiction, or readers who like books about animals.
Rating/Response: 3 The story is a sweet story with a wonderful message, but the plot moves slowly for the beginning.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: How you ever felt trapped?
Reading Strategy: Chapter Books
Rationale for Strategy: This book is a chapter book. It has large print and large spaces, students would move through pages quickly.
Posted by: Emily Busch