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One and Only Ivan Book and Movie Release Info!

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Need a new book that captures the essence of a new friendship? Then The One and Only Ivan: How to Draw a Story is for your kids!

Ivan is a gorilla in captivity. Life wasn’t always that way, but he has trouble remembering a time when he wasn’t living in a shopping mall. In his cage, he draws with crayon and paper, gifted to him from his human friend. There is no doubt that Ivan is special. And he’s always been the star of the show. Until the day a little elephant named Ruby enters his world and shows him the significance of the place we call home.

Based on a true story, The One and Only Ivan: Draw Me a Story is beautifully illustrated picture books tells the sweet story of Ruby and Ivan. A tale of friendship, courage, and creativity.


If you’ve been following my book reviews then you know I adore Disney Picture books because of their illustrations.  Every book is unique but the common theme has typical Disney characters but presented in a fun whimsical way.  This book is no different, the illustrations are beautiful with a touch of childlike inspiration especially the illustrations of Ivan dreaming.

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One other thing I noticed and had the chance to discuss with my daughter, is that Ivan is in captivity and the book doesn’t shy away from that.  One page depicts Ivan and Ruby separated by bars but also shows Ivan passing Ruby a silver crayon through the bars. What we took away was that everyone can make the best out of a situation they aren’t in control of.  For instance, Ivan is in captivity but he takes Ruby under his wind and they develop a beautiful friendship.  He’s make thing the best out of of his situation even though it’s not ideal.  Ivan takes the opportunity to introduce a new friend to the world around them and honestly, it’s such a heartwarming aspect of the story.  


If you haven’t heard, the Walt Disney Studios announced that the heartwarming adventure “The One and Only Ivan,” an adaptation of the bestselling, award-winning book about one very special gorilla directed by Thea Sharrock, will premiere exclusively on Disney+ August 21, 2020!

Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be.

The film features the voices of: Sam Rockwell as the gorilla Ivan; Angelina Jolie as Stella the elephant; Danny DeVito as Bob the dog; Helen Mirren as Snickers the poodle; Chaka Khan as Henrietta the chicken; Mike White as Frankie the seal; Brooklynn Prince as Ruby the baby elephant; Ron Funches as Murphy the rabbit; Phillipa Soo as Thelma the parrot; and stars Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt and Bryan Cranston. “The One and Only Ivan” is directed by Thea Sharrock from a screenplay by Mike White based on Applegate’s novel and is produced by the late Allison Shearmur, p.g.a., Angelina Jolie and Brigham Taylor, p.g.a. Sue Baden-Powell and Thea Sharrock serve as executive producers.



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