This is a wonderful children’s book that won the Newbery Award in 2013, and deservedly so. Ivan, a great ape, has been stuck performing at a shopping mall for 27 years. His treatment is less than stellar. His friends are two elephants, a dog, the janitor and the janitor’s daughter. Told from the ape’s point of view, the book is about Ivan’s friendships — so important given his circumstances — and how he tries to engineer escape for all of them. I read this book straight through, without stopping, and that’s always the sign of a sure winner.