G. Brian Karas



G. Brian Karas is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards, a Sydney Taylor Book Honor Awardwinner. His other books include Are You Going to Be Good? by Cari Best, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, As an Oak Tree Grows, which he wrote and illustrated, and the New York Times Best Seller Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate.




12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Children’s Author Tent 1
Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award Presentation Honoring Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Recipient of the 2017 Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award (3rd-5th Grades)

In a spare, powerful text and evocative illustrations, the Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate and the artist G. Brian Karas present the extraordinary real story of a special gorilla.

Captured as a baby, Ivan was brought to a Tacoma, Washington, mall to attract shoppers. Gradually, public pressure built until a better way of life for Ivan was found at Zoo Atlanta. From the Congo to America, and from a local business attraction to a national symbol of animal welfare, Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla traveled an astonishing distance in miles and in impact.

This is his true story and includes photographs of Ivan in the back matter.


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