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.
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.