Book Trailer Premiere: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
I read Katherine Applegate’s The One and Only Ivan on January 4, 2012. I can still see the tears that soaked the pages of my advanced reader’s copy. I can still hear the reverberating refrain that ran through my head on that cold winter’s day: “I must get this book into as many hands as possible. I must get this book into as many hands as possible. I must get this book into as many hands as possible” Nine hundred twenty-three days later, those words are still bouncing around inside my head. It is safe to say I have become a relentless and self-proclaimed ambassador for Katherine’s masterpiece.
If you read my blog, follow me on Twitter, or have ever visited my school library, you have heard me talk at length about the time I spent an hour with the real Ivan and his caretaker, Jodi. From where I’m sitting right now, I can see the copy of The One and Only Ivan that Ivan autographed.
Ivan’s story and Katherine’s capacious (thank you, Kate DiCamillo) heart have impacted my life unlike any reading experience before or since the publication of The One and Only Ivan. I always carry a copy in my car because you never know when someone might need one. You never know when Ivan’s next reader might enter your life. It is a forever book. One I will forever recommend; one I will forever hold in a special place inside my heart.
For all of these reasons and many more, I am honored to share with you the book trailer for Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. I stood next to Anne Hoppe, Katherine’s amazing editor, while reading it during the ALA Midwinter meeting. Tears streamed down my face. I could not find the right words to express how deeply it touched me. All I could do was hug Anne. All I can do right now, dear reader, is encourage you to put Ivan’s nonfiction book into your students’ hands on October 7, 2014. Ivan’s story will live on because of Katherine and you. Happy watching!
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate; illustrated by G. Brian Karas | Clarion Books