I am Ivan. I am a gorilla.
It’s not as easy as it looks.
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living in a glass cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.
Instead, Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.
Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
In the tradition of classic animal fantasies, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s distinctive first-person narration and a story that resonates long after the last page is turned.