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Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell, Kristjana S Williams

Into the Jungle

Katherine Rundell, Kristjana S Williams

4.75 out of 5

3 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Macmillan Children's Books
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 20 Sep 2018
ISBN: 9781509822317

Short stories by Waterstones Children's Book Prize and Costa Children's Book Award-winner Katherine Rundell, inspired by Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book, and featuring all his best-loved animal characters in this gorgeous colour collection, illustrated by Kristjana S Williams, illustrator of The Wonder Garden.

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5 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
16 Oct 2018

"lively action and characteristic precision "

Costa prize-winner Rundell has written five back stories for characters in The Jungle Book, bound together in a coffee-table volume sumptuously illustrated by multiple award-winner Williams. Rundell tells us how Mowgli’s wolf mother used to be a fighter, what Bagheera the panther has lost, why Baloo the bear values language, when the python Kaa befriended a little girl, and about the debt that Shere Khan owes to other jungle creatures. These beginnings resonate with echoes of Kipling’s original and Just So Stories. They are written with mischievous scatological jokes, lively action and characteristic precision and surprise, because, as Baloo says, language “matters more than anything else”. The stories savour the profusion of the rainforest, as do Williams’s spectacularly lavish collages of engravings of animals and plants.

Reviews

5 stars out of 5
Imogen Russell Williams
29 Sep 2018

"Into the Jungle by Costa winner Katherine 'Rundell (Macmillan) tumbles readers into Mowgli’s vivid world'"

Into the Jungle by Costa winner Katherine Rundell (Macmillan) tumbles readers into Mowgli’s vivid world, providing origin stories for Kipling’s best-loved animal characters as well as a deft, astute rebalancing of his least palatable attitudes.
 

4 stars out of 5
Sally Morris
27 Sep 2018

"Costa Award-winning author Rundell draws on her own childhood in Africa to bring this gorgeously illustrated book vividly to life."

Costa Award-winning author Rundell draws on her own childhood in Africa to bring this gorgeously illustrated book vividly to life . . . Witty, charming and steeped in the harsh truth of nature, this is an absolute must for all Jungle Book fans, young or old.