The One and Only Ruby – Customer Review

The One and Only Ruby – Customer Review

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The One and Only Ruby by Katherine Applegate is an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. This book is the third installment in the series, following The One and Only Ivan and The One and Only Bob. The story revolves around Ruby, an adorable baby elephant, who now lives in a wildlife sanctuary after her time at the circus.

The book starts a few months after the events of The One and Only Bob, with Ruby’s caretaker from the elephant orphanage in Africa visiting her. This visit triggers a flood of memories for Ruby, and she recounts her time in the African savannah to Ivan and Bob. Katherine Applegate’s storytelling is both heartfelt and humorous, creating a perfect mix of emotions throughout the novel.

The One and Only Ruby features a first-person narrative, with the author’s use of literary devices such as personification and imagery. The plot and character development are well-crafted, keeping readers engaged from start to finish. The book also touches on important themes like family, friendship, and the impact of human actions on wildlife.

One of the strengths of this book is its ability to appeal to readers of all ages. It is suitable for tween readers in grades 5 to 8, but adults can also enjoy the story and appreciate its deeper messages. The author’s writing style is accessible and easy to read, making it a great choice for independent reading, homeschooling, or sharing in the classroom.

The One and Only Ruby is beautifully complemented by Patricia Castelao’s black-and-white interior illustrations, adding visual depth to the story. The book is available in paperback format, with a total of 241 pages.


  • Engaging and heartfelt storytelling
  • Accessible writing style for readers of all ages
  • Well-developed characters and plot
  • Touches on important themes
  • Beautiful black-and-white illustrations


  • Some readers may find the story predictable
  • Not as impactful as the first book in the series

Overall, The One and Only Ruby is a highly recommended read for fans of the series and newcomers alike. It delivers a captivating story with memorable characters and important life lessons. Whether you’re a child or an adult, this book will leave you with a mix of emotions and a deeper appreciation for the world we live in.

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