Applegate Hits another Home Run
Ivan is a silverback gorilla, placed in a mall animal theme park and rapidly losing hope. His only friends are Stella, an aging elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. The custodian's daughter, Julia, takes pity on him and gives him crayons. Ivan discovers that he has an artist's eye, which he uses to dream about the world outside the mall. When a baby elephant is added to the theme park, it changes Ivan's ideas about existing in captivity, he takes action to save her. This novel uses a first person narrative about a gorilla in captivity, loosely based on an actual event, and builds a story about compassion and empathy. This is not just for animal lovers or environmentalists. It is for all ages.