Video of the Week: Becky Anderson Sits Down with Katherine Applegate

The one and only Becky Anderson interviewed the one and only Katherine Applegate about The One and Only Ivan and Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. I may have blushed when Katherine mentioned me at 14:06. Thank you, Katherine and Becky! You both mean the world to me. 

Do you live in the Chicagoland area? You don't want to miss Lifeline Theatre's production of The One and Only Ivan. 

Borrow Katherine's books from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


  1. What a great interview! A huge smile crossed my face when Katherine Applegate mentioned she thought she would be wearing the Newberry Medal to Target. And who knew you could use the Newberry to make butter imprints? :)

  2. I just absolutely LOVE The One & Only Ivan so much. It's so poetic, and powerful and heartbreaking, and healing. And Bob is just so hilarious. I think it's time for a re-read. And I really liked the NF version too.

  3. Wow, what an interview! I have to say Anderson's Book Store has become a "wish list" place for me ever since I've been following you, John. Maybe SOMEday... :D

    And how cool that Ivan is a play! Thanks for this. Just loved it :)


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