I really enjoyed the story about Ivan the gorilla who is an attraction at a mall and video arcade. The story is told from his perspective.
Ivan is silverback Western Lowland Gorilla and is very large.
His friend Julia who is the daughter of the janitor brings him paper, crayons and other art supplies.
A new young elephant comes to the mall and arcade as Stella is getting too old and tired to perform. Stella befriends Ruby, but unfortunately Stella passes on. However, before she is gone Stella has Ivan promise he will look after Ruby.
Ivan undertakes a large art project that brings about better conditions for him and Ruby.
The book is based on a true story and is a very enjoyable read.
While I was reading the book at the food court at the mall, a young boy came up to me and told me that he really enjoyed the book. I believe it is a worthy winner of the Newbery Medal.
The animal pictures above are from the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. The two gorilla pictures are from my post Omaha Gorillas. You can click on the link to find out more about them.