Great news for fans of Katherine Applegate's The One and Only Ivan! Ivan is now the star of a nonfiction picture book! Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla tells the true story of the gorilla that inspired the Newbery-winning book. It is illustrated by G. Brian Karas and features photos of the real Ivan.
Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington, mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.
Take a look at the official website to watch the book trailer, see the author talk about the story, and download a discussion guide.