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The one and only Ivan

by Applegate, Katherine Year Published: 2012
The Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade is home to a mangy group of performing animals which includes friends Ivan the gorilla, Stella the elephant and a stray dog, Bob. They are soon joined by Ruby, a baby elephant who is frightened and confused, after being torn away from her elephant family. Ivan is philosophical and expresses his view of life through art, which is sold by the owner of the mall. The financial situation causes both fame and the changes which accompany notoriety.