12.7 {BookFlix Friday} IVAN and IQ

Today is

There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, and each Friday I bring a couple to you. New and recent books… not-yet-released books… and some classics. All trailers are welcome here. So—-



Many consider this to be one of the best books of the year.


The cover even made the Atlantic Wire’s  25 of the Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year.

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

OH, and just so ya know: IVAN is a real gorilla at the Atlanta Zoo.

 You can visit his site:

Zoo Atlanta Home Page That’s where I found this video:


Book Description

Thirteen-year-old Quest (Q) isn’t sure he’s ready for a new family. For a long time it’s just been him and his mom, Blaze. But everything changes when Blaze falls in love with Roger and they start a new rock band called Match. Now they’re married, have a hit record, and Match is going out on a year-long driving tour across the country.

 Q, along with new stepsister Angela, will take a year off from school and travel with the band. For now, home will be a luxury motor coach and homework will be a Web site diary of their travels. Perfect-Q can practice his magic tricks and Angela can read her spy novels. What can go wrong?

As Q and Angela settle into their new life and new relationship as siblings, they start to notice that certain coincidences don’t seem coincidental. For example, how does a band roadie named Boone find them in the middle of a desert where their coach just happens to break down? Why does a man from their parents’ wedding keep showing up in the same cities they stop at? When they reach Philadelphia, Q and Angela realize this tour is definitely not the trip their parents had planned and that the “City of Brotherly Love” is full of mysteries and secrets that could threaten their new life together.

Good News… If you like this one, there are two more in the series:
I, Q: The White House

I,Q: Kitty Hawk (Book 3)

8 thoughts on “12.7 {BookFlix Friday} IVAN and IQ

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  3. My 6th grade book club is reading Ivan next. I can’t wait to show them this trailer. They do work! We actually watched Bigger Than A Bread Box (our last book) and compared it to what we know about the book. Was fun. Maybe very last meeting we will create a trailer….

    • Did your book club get to Skype with Laurel Snyder?

      I think the IVAN trailer is in the top 5 best trailers I’ve ever seen–in good company with MONSTER CALLS, GONE series, PEREGRINE….

      How often do you run book clubs? Boys and girls?

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