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Nerdy Book Club

Ivan PB

Q: You and Katherine Applegate have collaborated before. Was your experience editing Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla at all different?

Katherine and I have made eight books together previously—THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN and the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter books. By now we’re pretty comfortable trying out ideas on each other and pushing one another to live up to our own high standards. Katherine’s writing is so carefully nuanced that we’re already accustomed to weighing each word—in that respect, creating a picture book text felt like a natural extension of our work together.


Q: How did you and Katherine come up with the concept to do a non-fiction picture book about Ivan the Shopping Mall Gorilla?

I’ve been lucky enough to visit classrooms with Katherine, so we have both seen how eager kids are to know about the real Ivan. When THE ONE…

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