Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Review

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, this splendid collection of five short stories focuses on a variety of characters from the original tale.

Mowgli, a young boy who has been raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, begs his animal friends to tell him stories. As he picks his nose and chews his toenails, he is enthralled by accounts of courage, determination, friendship and sorrow.

He learns about events that shaped the lives of the creatures he knows and loves, from Mother Wolf and Bagheera the panther to the friendly bear Baloo and Kaa the hypnotic python. The final tale reveals the identity of a mysterious figure who stalks Mowgli as he skitters through the treetops.

This engaging tapestry of tales is enhanced by stylish illustrations, rich with colour and detail, which beautifully bring the jungle and its inhabitants to life. Mowgli is a likeable scamp who combines courage and recklessness with a strong sense of justice, and within the text are subtle hints as to his ancestry.

A stunning gift book, which can be enjoyed as a standalone collection, or as a companion volume to Kipling’s classic tale.

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