‘The One And Only Ivan’ Is Getting A Sequel

In 2012, children’s author K.A. Applegate published The One And Only Ivan, a story about a gorilla named Ivan who lives in captivity in a mall. He teams up with an elephant named Stella and a dog named Bob to escape the mall and find a better life.

The book received positive reviews and was the winner of the Newbery Medal. A film adaptation is also in development by Disney, set for release in 2020.


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But before the release of the new film, Applegate will give us a sequel.

Entertainment Weekly reported today that a sequel novel, The One And Only Bob, will release next spring. All of the characters from the first book will return, but the story will focus on Bob the dog as he sets out to find his long-lost sister.

The official cover was also revealed:


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Applegate was very excited to write a story from Bob’s perspective:


“It’s been such a joy to spend more time with these three dear friends. I’ve had so many readers ask me to write a novel about Bob. He’s a great character: funny and loyal, if a bit rough around the edges. Turns out he has a tender side, too — and even a touch of hero in his heart.”



The One And Only Bob releases on May 5th, 2020. The film releases in August of the same year.



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