Book: The One and Only Ivan
Author: Katherine Applegate
Rating: three stars (out of four)
Release date: Jan. 17, 2012
Source: ALA 2012
I kind of fell in love with this book. It had the sweet essence and personality of past Newbery winners like Savvy and The Underneath. That being said, I was not at all surprised when it won the Newbery Medal. I had even been thinking it might be a contender while reading it. I think the author did a good job of handling a tough topic with grace and aplomb, taking children into this world without making it too gritty or hard to handle.
That being said, there were a few situations I thought were just a tad bit too “real.” I’m not really sure how to describe it, but there were some events that were more depressing, or made me pause for longer reflection. They didn’t stop me from enjoying the book, but they did stop me from giving it my highest rating. I still thoroughly enjoyed the story and loved seeing the world through the eyes of these two remarkable creatures. I think The One and Only Ivan is well on it’s way to becoming a modern class. Definitely a recommend, but please note, if you cry easily, you’ll tear up while reading this story.