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Inky's Choice: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

May 10,2013
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I'm always on the look out for books with likeminded (read: animals/pets) characters such as myself.

File 14537Meet Ivan. He's a gorilla.

He is awesome.

And so is his story.

5 Reasons to Read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

1. Animals (particularly dogs) are smarter than humans. This is a fact. I read it in the Study of the Homo sapiens society dissertation.

2. Ivan is a funny guy for a gorilla. Some of those gorilla types can be a little sour, but not Ivan. He's a hoot.

"I am a great ape, and you are a great ape, and so are chimpanzees and orangutans and bonobos, all of us distant and distrustful cousins. I know this is troubling. I too find it hard to believe there is a connection across time and space, linking me to a race of ill-mannered clowns. Chimps. There's no excuse for them.'

3. He has a best friend named Bob. Bob is part of the greatest species of animal to live amongst the land. Can you guess what he is? (hint: I'm also part of this superior race.)

4. It's inspired by a true story and I may or may not have had something in my eye when I read parts of this book.

5. Sometimes you need a book to remind the humans that animals feel too. This is that book.

Jun 01,2013
anonymous's picture

i wanna read this book soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad its sounds so good

May 14,2013
anonymous's picture

this book sounds amazing

May 14,2013
anonymous's picture

I love this book...even though I haven't finished it yet! I love the style of writing.

May 14,2013

@Daydreamer: Yes :D Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

May 13,2013

Naw, this book sounds so sweet. x) I feel like as an animal-lover, I have a duty to read this book. ^^

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