Monday, April 30, 2012

Our Favorite Reads For April

As usual, it was difficult to choose favorite reads for April. We read quite a few really good books this month and encourage you, if you are a reader, to check out our book blog for our other reviews at Grab a Book From Our Stack.

Gerard's review:
The one we both agreed on as definitely a favorite of the month is One and Only Ivan by Katerine Applegate:
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate tells the story of Ivan, a Silverback gorilla, and his friends: Stella, an old elephant and Bob, a stray dog. They perform three shows every day at Exit 8 Big Top Mall. When business slows, Ruby, a baby elephant, is brought on board and things change. This is a lovely story, funny for sure, and it will get and keep your interest. I think this is a book for all ages. It will touch your heart and put a smile on your face! I enjoyed it very much and the ending is so, so good!

Karen's review:
I really enjoyed The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate even though it is children’s fiction. It is based on a true story about Ivan, a Silverback gorilla who was captured and put in a cage for 27 years without any contact with any other gorillas. In this book, Ivan is the narrator and his owner sells Ivan’s drawings and paintings. Ivan is quite an artist. Ivan has a stray dog named Bob who comes into his “domain” and sleeps on Ivan’s stomach. In the next cage is Stella, an elephant, who is a good storyteller but who had a hard life at a circus. When a baby elephant, Ruby, joins her, she is very protective of her and when she knows she is dying, gets Ivan to promise to protect Ruby for her. He comes up with a great plan to get Ruby moved to a zoo. This is such a cute book that has a happy ending. It is a quick read but very enjoyable! If you like animals and are looking for a heartwarming story, I recommend this one! I loved it!

Here's links to our other favorites for April:

Kill Switch by Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene
Nothing to Envy--Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick

Catch Me by Lisa Gardner (Gerard liked this one too!)
Into the Free by Julie Cantrell

(50 cents per legitimate comment during April goes to Paralyzed Veterans of America.)

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Lin said...

Does anybody die? I don't like animal stories when somebody dies. That always makes me sad.

Karen and Gerard said...

Just one one of the older elephants dies but there's a baby one to replace her and the Gorilla looks out for it.

BeadedTail said...

I can't read books where any animal dies either. I'm a weepy sap.

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