Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Review of The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Read for: Middle Grade March/ Audio Book

Synopsis: "Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly 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.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope."

My Review: I have slowly been working my way through Applegate's backlist titles, and finally got this one from the library on Audio book. I kind of wish I had picked up a print copy because I have a feeling there might have been some illustrations involved. I adored Ivan and his take on the world around him. The interaction between the animals was touching as well. I found it interesting the way the relationship between Mack (I think that was his name) and Ivan, and all the other animals, was altered throughout the book as more and more hardships and stresses are piled up and how the animals became less of family and more as objects. This is a very touching story told from the perspective of the animals, and based on a true story and gorilla.

My Rating: I love when books are told from animal's perspectives and when they keep animal characteristics as well (don't start acting and understanding like humans) and Katherine Applegate did a great job of that in this one.  I really enjoyed it and give it a rating of Four Paws.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Monday Reading List

It is Monday again, and time to update with what I read last week, what I am currently reading and what to look forward to next week.

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Where Horses Run Free by Joy Cowley (Bedtime Story)
Aquicorn Cove by Katie O'Neill (Graphic Novel)

 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Homer's Odyssey
Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins
Queen's Shadow
Book Love

Currently Reading:
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown - Print - on page 100 of 279
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly - Audio - 42%
Mountain's Call by Caitlin Brennan - Print - on page 160 of 536

Pages Read/ Time Listened
163:44 Hours Listened (22:27 listened this week)
6,665 Pages Read (745 this week)

Books Added to Shelves Recently: TBR
The Snow Gypsy

What a whirl wind last week was! I didn't get as much reading done as I would have liked because life (I am looking at you accounting and taxes). What reading I did get done was mostly audio books, and that will most likely continue to be the case.  I am deep into my Middle Grade March challenge and I will have an update for you this weekend.  I have felt the need to break things up a bit and lucky for me this week is the Re-Readathon! I am so excited, I picked up the White Magic series by Caitlin Brennan, a series that has stuck with me for nearly 15 years! I am loving it so far and happy to be back in this world and magic system and be revisiting one of my favorite early ships!

Do you re-read often? If you were to re-read a book what would you choose?