Just Ivan (pages 1-22)
Ivan is a gorilla, but not just any ordinary gorilla. Ivan is an artist. He is also the narrator of his own story. As a young gorilla, Ivan was sent to live at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. He lives in a habitat made of cement and glass and feels fortunate to have a view of the mall, the parking lot, and a billboard. The billboard advertises the circus-themed mall with pictures of an elephant, a clown and an angry gorilla. Ivan feels that the sign misrepresents his kind. He is not an angry gorilla. As a matter of fact, Ivan points out that anger is only used among silverbacks to maintain order within their troops or warn of impending danger. Ivan remembers his father pounding his chest to show how strong he was and to assert his authority. Ivan is...
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