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The One and Only Ivan- A Review


I read this book as part of the Amazon Vine reviewing program. I was given this book for free for reviewing purposes. I am not obligated by Amazon or the author to give this book a favorable review. 

This is a children’s book. I gave the book 3 out of 5 stars.

I liked the story. It was sweet and sentimental. A very touching story of a gorilla who saves a baby elephant. The set up was clever. An entire story told by a gorilla narrator. Very smart thinking there. However, something was missing in the actual execution. It just felt choppy and incomplete. It didn’t feel genuine. There was also a large portion of the book that was just chatter, having little to do with the story. (The book also contains a glossary, which is completely overkill, since each term in the glossary is defined as it is used. A cast of characters would have been more appropriate, or a map of the mall.) The beginning was very slow moving, which is never a good thing in a children’s book. Once it got to the actual story (about 68 pages in) the story moves you through the choppiness and sometimes meaningless chatter. 

This book makes a much better read aloud book than a read it yourself book. Read aloud, the choppiness doesn’t seem so apparent and the slow moving story can be pressed through.


The pastor's wife is the homeschooling, crafty, reading, singing mama bear of seven awesome kids!

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