Ivan has lived most of his life in captivity and has accepted his small enclosure in a zoo-themed mall as his home. That is, until young elephant Ruby arrives and Ivan realizes that she deserves better. Strong narration combined with great storytelling give life to Ivan and his companions. Ivan's voice is both gruff and caring, and listeners will be anxious to find out if he can keep his promise to find a better life for Ruby. (Audio) - Colleen Beaupre
Through his own words and graphically illustrated paintings “signed” with Ivan’s thumbprint, Ivan portrays the humor and hardships of his life as a gorilla in the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. This bittersweet book about friendship effectively balances print with the silences of white space.