Adwaith Menon

11 Years

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N.S.N Memorial School


‘The one and only Ivan’ Book Review by 11 year old Bookosmian from Chennai

The One and Only Ivan Book Review by Kids with Sara Bookosmia

Book Reviews with Sara for kids, by kids BookosmiaHello book lovers, your friend Sara here! I love how you are all pouring in your write ups on your favourite books.

After all, if a story is written for young readers, shouldn’t they get to share their review of it?


Today’s review by 11 year old Adwaith S Menon from Chennai is of The One and Only Ivan, a children’s novel written in first person from the point of view of Ivana gorilla.

Read with Sara by young writer Adwaith Chennai Bookosmia

Adwaith S Menon is 11 years old and a student in Grade-6 at NSN Memorial School, Chennai. He is an avid reader and has developed a love for writing short stories as well. His other interests include sports and playing video games.



The One and Only Ivan Book Review by Kids with Sara Bookosmia

Title of the Book: The One and Only Ivan       

Name of the Author: Katherine Applegate

The story is about Ivan, a gorilla who lived in the forest with his family was caught by humans who killed Ivan’s family. Ivan was then brought to a circus where he was taught to perform tricks. After being taught too, Ivan did not excel at this. Thus the head of the circus sold him to an old person called Mack who ran a small arcade. Thinking of what to do with Ivan, Mack gave Ivan a home, A fully covered glass room with a built in pool  and a basket ball. Ivan had two friends in there bob a street dog and a elephant called ruby.

After 27 years of being stared at by spectators Ivan was taken to a zoo where he met a few other gorillas like him and continued to live like this till his last breath… 

Ivan is the protagonist of the story. A gorilla who never disagreed with the  humans and obeyed them and tried his best to fulfill its masters dream. 

Ruby is the baby elephant who lost her family because of humans. Bob is a street dog who never liked a home but is forced to go into one.

The setting is mostly in the cold and dark place where the animals were held during the time of Mack’s ownership and even the plush green zoo.

I give this book a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 star rating

*On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the highest


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