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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao, Katherine Applegate Hmmm. What can I say? A 320 page book intended for children grades 3 through 7. That’s what Amazon says, but I say, no way. 9-year-olds will love this book, yes. And yes, it is a book about a gorilla and his friends, both animal and human. However, this story goes much deeper. So much that I’m recommending this to anyone asking.

Children’s book or not, the story of Ivan the gorilla gave me goosebumps and tears, both sad and happy. There were moments in this book that reminded me of the same moments I shared between Mitch and his mentor, Morrie (not that you should expect the same type of story). And as such, I will be repeat reading this story on more than one occasion. And what greater compliment can you give a book than to say it has moved you, that it resonated with you, and that you will pick it up again?