The remarkable true story of the shopping mall gorilla

In spare, powerful words and evocative illustrations, Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla.

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a mall in Tacoma, Washington, 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.

This is his true story. Photographs of Ivan are included in the back matter.

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Katherine Applegate

About the Author

Katherine Applegate won the Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan, a novel loosely inspired by the events in this picture book. She has written many books for children, including Home of the Brave, the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter books, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and with her husband, Michael Grant, the bestselling Animorphs series.

G. Brian Karas

About the Illustrator

G. Brian Karas is the illustrator of many books for children. His numerous awards include a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book citation, the California Young Reader Medal, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. His research for this book included watching the gorillas at the Bronx Zoo. He lives in New York.