Study Guide

The One and Only Ivan Tough-o-Meter

By Katherine Applegate

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(3) Base Camp

Ivan, our insightful gorilla narrator, waxes philosophical and uses spot-on metaphors to describe his reality and his painful past, but his language and ideas are clear and easy to follow. Nothing is too graphic and the descriptions have just enough reality to avoid glossing over the difficult subject of human dominance over animals. In other words, this book features some well-balanced storytelling.

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