Watch the new book trailer for Ivan, the nonfiction picture book by Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate and illustrator G. Brian Karas!

Watch the Book Trailer

In a moving picture book, Katherine Applegate tells the true story of the gorilla who inspired her Newbery Award–winning novel, The One and Only Ivan.

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

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington, mall 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 and includes photographs of Ivan in the back matter.

“Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare.”

“Using pencilline drawing and washes of pastel, Karas feelingly depicts Ivan’s gentle and loving personality conveying how this gentle gorilla won the hearts of thousands of people—and readers.”

Available wherever books are sold October 7, 2014.

Visit the website to watch a video of Katherine Applegate discussing the book and download the discussion guide!

Visit G. Brian Karas’s blog for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at illustrating the book!