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Heavily influenced by his childhood in British-ruled India, Rudyard Kipling created some of the most well-read children s stories in Western Culture. Book One of The Jungle Book(s) includes Mowgli s Brothers, the story of Mowgli, the abandoned man-cub who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale Heavily influenced by his childhood in British-ruled India, Rudyard Kipling created some of the most well-read children s stories in Western Culture. Book One of The Jungle Book(s) includes Mowgli s Brothers, the story of Mowgli, the abandoned man-cub who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale of a young elephant-handler, and in The White Seal, we meet Kotick, a rare white-furred northern fur seal as he searches for a home where his family will not be hunted by humans. Originally published as a series of short stories for magazines in the late 1800s, the Nobel Prize-winning Rudyard Kipling would eventually publish the classic The Jungle Book in 1894."


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Heavily influenced by his childhood in British-ruled India, Rudyard Kipling created some of the most well-read children s stories in Western Culture. Book One of The Jungle Book(s) includes Mowgli s Brothers, the story of Mowgli, the abandoned man-cub who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale Heavily influenced by his childhood in British-ruled India, Rudyard Kipling created some of the most well-read children s stories in Western Culture. Book One of The Jungle Book(s) includes Mowgli s Brothers, the story of Mowgli, the abandoned man-cub who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale of a young elephant-handler, and in The White Seal, we meet Kotick, a rare white-furred northern fur seal as he searches for a home where his family will not be hunted by humans. Originally published as a series of short stories for magazines in the late 1800s, the Nobel Prize-winning Rudyard Kipling would eventually publish the classic The Jungle Book in 1894."

30 review for Manga Classics: The Jungle Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    [Shai] Bibliophage

    Thank you to the effort of those who are behind the publication of this graphic novel of The Jungle Book because through this, I've finally got to read this awesome classic book. Before, I thought that the story of The Jungle Book is only about the boy who grew up in the jungle; instead, it is a compilation of short stories. Aside from the first story, which is the well-known tale of the jungle boy, Mowgli, there are several stories that I like in this book: the story of mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tav Thank you to the effort of those who are behind the publication of this graphic novel of The Jungle Book because through this, I've finally got to read this awesome classic book. Before, I thought that the story of The Jungle Book is only about the boy who grew up in the jungle; instead, it is a compilation of short stories. Aside from the first story, which is the well-known tale of the jungle boy, Mowgli, there are several stories that I like in this book: the story of mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and The White Seal.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A visual retelling of the 7 stories found in the The Jungle Book. The first 3 are about Mowgli and are very good as is the Ricki-Ticki-Tavi story of the mongoose who is taken in by a family and he protects them from too cobras. There was a story about a white seal that felt very out of place in something called The Jungle Book. There's also a story about an elephant tamer that felt very tone deaf in today's world where domesticating elephants is frowned upon. There were another story about talki A visual retelling of the 7 stories found in the The Jungle Book. The first 3 are about Mowgli and are very good as is the Ricki-Ticki-Tavi story of the mongoose who is taken in by a family and he protects them from too cobras. There was a story about a white seal that felt very out of place in something called The Jungle Book. There's also a story about an elephant tamer that felt very tone deaf in today's world where domesticating elephants is frowned upon. There were another story about talking horses that made little sense. All in all worth a read if you're too lazy to read the original telling. Received a review copy from Udon and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    Thanks for the publisher for providing the book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are mine I didn't know that this was originally written by Rudyard Kipling, this may be the only thing that I ended up with after reading this book 😞😞😞 I expected this to be good as the manga version of Les miserables, it wasn't. I simply read this for the nostalgia as the jungle book was a part of my childhood but that was not delivered too. The biggest problem with this is the writing style which was an Thanks for the publisher for providing the book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are mine I didn't know that this was originally written by Rudyard Kipling, this may be the only thing that I ended up with after reading this book 😞😞😞 I expected this to be good as the manga version of Les miserables, it wasn't. I simply read this for the nostalgia as the jungle book was a part of my childhood but that was not delivered too. The biggest problem with this is the writing style which was annoying when it tried so hard to state the obvious, I rolled my eyes many many times going through this!! The drawings were not the best too, but to be fair, there were actually some funny drawings... I had higher expectations for this which were simply not met. I didn't know that were multiple stories in this, the shorter they got, the lamer they were. SORRY_NOT_SORRY!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    Once upon a time, there was a little girl whose father didn’t make very much money. But she loved to read, so every single week her father, who preferred Publix, went to Winn Dixie and bought just enough that he could get that week’s hardbound Educator Classic Library children’s classic for the reduced price ($1, I think). They were numbered, starting with No. 1 Treasure Island, through No. 12, Paul Bunyan. Her very own books — with all the hard words defined in glosses at the sides! You can sti Once upon a time, there was a little girl whose father didn’t make very much money. But she loved to read, so every single week her father, who preferred Publix, went to Winn Dixie and bought just enough that he could get that week’s hardbound Educator Classic Library children’s classic for the reduced price ($1, I think). They were numbered, starting with No. 1 Treasure Island, through No. 12, Paul Bunyan. Her very own books — with all the hard words defined in glosses at the sides! You can still get the Kindle versions (now renamed Classic Starts) on Amazon, no longer numbered and with additional classics added since 1968. Her favorites were No. 7, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, and No. 5, The Jungle Book. Were they abridged and dumbed down a bit? Sure. But they gave me a taste of what great literature looked like, and I went on to read the originals later. Is this manga version as good as the Educator Library Classics editions? Not even close. I don’t take issue with the Japanese-style illustrations in the book published by Udon Entertain; my own children love ’em. I also laud adapter Chrystal S. Chan for being faithful to Rudyard Kipling’s novels. However, the manga Jungle Book just doesn’t rise to the level of a real book — even one adulterated to make it more palatable to tweens. However, just as the Educator Library Classics edition led me to read real classics, perhaps — just perhaps — someday a child reading this manga version will one day decide to turn to Rudyard Kipling’s own words. Because of that and because this unabridged magna tracks the real book so closely, I award it three stars. In the interest of full disclosure, I received this graphic novel from NetGalley and Udon Entertainment in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emm C²

    A lively retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s classic – the saga of a boy raised by the inhabitants of the jungle making up the first half, with the second being a series of individual short stories. It’s a vibrant adaptation, and I appreciate that the artist goes their own way and doesn’t drawn too much from the iconic 1964 Disney film, considering how infused that adaptation has become with peoples’ image of the original. I’ll admit that I only really know the Disney version, which I enjoy a lot but I A lively retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s classic – the saga of a boy raised by the inhabitants of the jungle making up the first half, with the second being a series of individual short stories. It’s a vibrant adaptation, and I appreciate that the artist goes their own way and doesn’t drawn too much from the iconic 1964 Disney film, considering how infused that adaptation has become with peoples’ image of the original. I’ll admit that I only really know the Disney version, which I enjoy a lot but I know deviates from the novel, notably in tone, and cuts out some of the darker acts. I haven’t gotten the chance to read the original yet, though I feel from what I know about it that Chan’s version is probably a truer echo of Kipling’s novel than the animated movie was. I especially found the half with the unrelated stories interesting, because I hadn’t really known those existed – I had thought it was mostly about Mowgli and the jungle clans. The Jungle Book is very symbolic of both the dangers and positives of both humans’ and animals’ instinct to behave as clans – how they can choose to accept an outsider as one of their own (as the wolves do Mowgli) or cast them out like a pariah (as the humans eventually do to him when he attempts to join them). Mowgli is sort of the sole exception in an environment where humans, or even humanesque animals like the monkey clan, are something strange and destructive, and to be kept away from. But only because the animals chose to raise him rather than kill him or leave him to die. As for the art in the book, it’s very cute and crisp and the characters show a wide range of emotions. Some of the animals in particular look amazing, especially Baloo the bear and the tiger Shere Khan. It’s totally a good adaptation, overall. [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.]

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    A copy of this book was sent to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review, So thank you so much I grew up with the Jungle Book, like watching the Disney movie and letting other people read the book to me. I just absolutely adore this story and I was always so fascinated by it so when I got sent an ARC of this book I was super excited to dive straight into this. The illustrations are so beautiful and they capture the story and make it very real and make it come to life. I loved how the A copy of this book was sent to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review, So thank you so much I grew up with the Jungle Book, like watching the Disney movie and letting other people read the book to me. I just absolutely adore this story and I was always so fascinated by it so when I got sent an ARC of this book I was super excited to dive straight into this. The illustrations are so beautiful and they capture the story and make it very real and make it come to life. I loved how the story was the same and pictures really mirrored what was going on in this story. I loved revisiting this story and I think that the illustrator/Author done a great job!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Manga Classics: The Jungle Book!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.   I read the original book two years ago and absolutely loved it, so when I saw on NetGalley that they turned it into a Manga Classic, I just had to have it. I love these Manga Classics, seriously, I read all of them and they are just such a fun and easy way to read those classics.   I love that the song parts were included in the manga, cause they were such a fun part in the actual book. Also once again, Manga Classics: The Jungle Book!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.   I read the original book two years ago and absolutely loved it, so when I saw on NetGalley that they turned it into a Manga Classic, I just had to have it. I love these Manga Classics, seriously, I read all of them and they are just such a fun and easy way to read those classics.   I love that the song parts were included in the manga, cause they were such a fun part in the actual book. Also once again, the story with the white seal was on the top of my favorite stories, even though I truly love all these stories.   The artwork was amazing as expected.   I can't recommend these Manga Classics highly enough.  

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy Leigh

    If you loved The Jungle Book growing up you'll really love this manga classic. It separates the stories and goes deeper than the disney movie. It's a real treat and I will be buying copies for my nephews! If you loved The Jungle Book growing up you'll really love this manga classic. It separates the stories and goes deeper than the disney movie. It's a real treat and I will be buying copies for my nephews!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Atlas

    * * * * 4 / 5 I picked up a copy of the The Jungle Book, manga edition on a whim and I was very pleasantly pleased with it. I have read my fair share of manga in my youth and this book follows the traditional format of being read right to left (a handy guide at the back for those that have never read a manga), as well as having loving, classically manga illustrations. As far as I can tell, The Jungle Book follows Rudyard Kipling's original seven stories very closely, even integrating some of the s * * * * 4 / 5 I picked up a copy of the The Jungle Book, manga edition on a whim and I was very pleasantly pleased with it. I have read my fair share of manga in my youth and this book follows the traditional format of being read right to left (a handy guide at the back for those that have never read a manga), as well as having loving, classically manga illustrations. As far as I can tell, The Jungle Book follows Rudyard Kipling's original seven stories very closely, even integrating some of the shorter poems into the artwork. Whilst I am familiar with the stories that make up the typical Jungle Book films, those of Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Shere Khan, I did not know that the original Jungle Book also included four further stories: The White Seal, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai of the Elephants, and Her Majesty's Servants. My favourite of these was Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a story about a mongoose defending a human family from a pair of snakes. So as well as being visually lovely, I also got culturally exposed to something I wasn't previously aware of. Bonus! The artwork, on the whole, is lovely. Most of the animals, particularly Shere Khan and the seals, looked fantastic. Others, like Bagheera and the wolves looked a little weird and too cartoony compared to others, like the monkeys, which is why I am knocking off a star. The humans are classic manga style - pointy chins and big eyes - which can be a plus or not depending on your personal preference. The book also felt a bit long, but this is the price of faithfully following the original stories! I have no complaints about the pacing or the storylines - as far as I am aware they are good representations of Kipling's writings. On the whole, a good collection for those that have read the original works and want to experience them in a new form, or for those who have no experience of The Jungle Book. I can certainly see children enjoying this profusely. My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the artist for an ARC. Read this review and more on my blog: https://atlasrisingbooks.wordpress.co...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I've read most of the other Manga classics, and they were always nice, so even though I had only seen the Disney movie with the same name, I wanted to read this version of the Jungle book. I had some problems at first to get into the short story collection, probably since I was unaware that the original stories were quite different from the movie, and did not seem to follow in a chronological order. One of the stories even takes place in Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com I've read most of the other Manga classics, and they were always nice, so even though I had only seen the Disney movie with the same name, I wanted to read this version of the Jungle book. I had some problems at first to get into the short story collection, probably since I was unaware that the original stories were quite different from the movie, and did not seem to follow in a chronological order. One of the stories even takes place in icy seas so I didn't associate that with jungle either. But once I settled for this I was glad for it. The way some of the original prose was kept in the manga was great. Also, most importantly, it made me curious towards The Jungle Book, even though I previously read some of Rudyard Kipling's work in a Little Black Classic and was slightly disappointed with it. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    These Manga Classics have been a wonderful surprise. I have always scoffed a bit at graphic novels. As a reader of quality fiction, of books that make me think and feel, I have tended to snub my nose at the idea of reading a comic book. But this was number 5 in the past week because I discovered the artwork is interesting and the reading experience is fun. In The Jungle Book I particularly loved the illustrations of the cats with Tarzan as a baby. And some of those that portrayed him as a boy. Th These Manga Classics have been a wonderful surprise. I have always scoffed a bit at graphic novels. As a reader of quality fiction, of books that make me think and feel, I have tended to snub my nose at the idea of reading a comic book. But this was number 5 in the past week because I discovered the artwork is interesting and the reading experience is fun. In The Jungle Book I particularly loved the illustrations of the cats with Tarzan as a baby. And some of those that portrayed him as a boy. The style lends itself well to childlike features. But also, the emotions are well-depicted. I really enjoyed this one. Thank you to NetGalley, UDON and Chrystal S Chan for the digital ARC in exchange for my review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. although i’d grown up hearing about the jungle book, i’ve only known the big picture and not its details. however, i did watch a movie that’s based on the jungle book, so i have some ideas of what will be happening. it’s adorable and sweet seeing how mwongli grew up in the jungle under baloo and bagheera’s guidance and care. his connection with the wolves are sweet too. i wasn’t expecting it to be a collection of I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. although i’d grown up hearing about the jungle book, i’ve only known the big picture and not its details. however, i did watch a movie that’s based on the jungle book, so i have some ideas of what will be happening. it’s adorable and sweet seeing how mwongli grew up in the jungle under baloo and bagheera’s guidance and care. his connection with the wolves are sweet too. i wasn’t expecting it to be a collection of short stories, and i was surprised when the last four stories didn’t have mwongli. instead it’s about a mighty white seal named kotick, a brave mongoose named rikki-tikki-tavi, little toomai who’d seen something special alongside with his trusty elephant, kala nag, and a young camel who can't stop questioning. the artwork for the stories featuring mwongli and the last short story were unique but looked a little weird to me. on the other hand, i adored the art style in the other three stories. they were softer and cuter which may just appeal to me because i like that style. as for the writing style, i have no reference to the original book so it’s based on my experience with this manga version. the mwongli stories uses the shakespear english which i’m not very familiar with and didn’t really enjoy. in the other stories, the english was much easier to understand and the flow felt better.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lör K.

    Free copy provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review Publication Date: 03rd April 2017 Review Date: 27th March 2017 Hard Cover Pricing: $24.99 Paper Back Pricing: $17.99 I’ve never read Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, only the Just So Stories, so when I saw this manga classic that had been put online by a publisher I’m auto approved for, I just had to grab the book and give it a read. This was an amazing introduction to the world of Rudyard Kipling, and it’s made me so much more exciting Free copy provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review Publication Date: 03rd April 2017 Review Date: 27th March 2017 Hard Cover Pricing: $24.99 Paper Back Pricing: $17.99 I’ve never read Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, only the Just So Stories, so when I saw this manga classic that had been put online by a publisher I’m auto approved for, I just had to grab the book and give it a read. This was an amazing introduction to the world of Rudyard Kipling, and it’s made me so much more exciting to read the actual book behind this; this is a wonderful way of getting children into the world of classics. There were plenty of Rudyard stories in this, and my favourites out of all of them were “The White Seal” and “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”. Both stories were absolutely beautiful and the artwork in them took my breath away. The artwork throughout the entire book was absolutely stunning and the illustrator has done such a thorough and well done job with it all. I really love this book and very well might buy it later on in the year to add to my manga collection. After this introduction to Manga Classics, I can’t wait to read the rest of what Crystal S. Chan has produced in this series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    I liked how this manga presentation of The Jungle Book actually followed the real stories from the original book, including not just the story of Mowgli, but also Rikki-Tiki-Tavi, The White Seal, Toumai of the Elephants, and others. I wish they would make another one for Jungle Book 2 with even more stories! The artwork is so beautiful, and really brings the characters to life! I loved seeing the facial expressions of Mowgli and Rikki-Tikki and the others, showing their fierce jungle spirit. The I liked how this manga presentation of The Jungle Book actually followed the real stories from the original book, including not just the story of Mowgli, but also Rikki-Tiki-Tavi, The White Seal, Toumai of the Elephants, and others. I wish they would make another one for Jungle Book 2 with even more stories! The artwork is so beautiful, and really brings the characters to life! I loved seeing the facial expressions of Mowgli and Rikki-Tikki and the others, showing their fierce jungle spirit. The action was easy to follow, since each panel shows what is going on very clearly. Really well put-together and beautiful art! Jungle Book has always been one of my favorite classics, so I came into this with some high expectations, and I was not disappointed! It can be difficult to organize a classic into a graphic medium, but the story flows along wonderfully with some of the original dialogue and poetry from the original book. I really enjoyed revisiting this classic in graphic novel form! Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Clark

    Never having read the original, I'm not sure how close this was to it. Baloo was very cute, I really liked his design. Shere Khan and Bagera were ok, but thier eyes were off somehiw, as were the wolfs. Over all, a very cute and quick read for this book. I really like Rikki Tikki Tavi, it was my favarite story. Never having read the original, I'm not sure how close this was to it. Baloo was very cute, I really liked his design. Shere Khan and Bagera were ok, but thier eyes were off somehiw, as were the wolfs. Over all, a very cute and quick read for this book. I really like Rikki Tikki Tavi, it was my favarite story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    Not such a fan of this manga classic as I have been of the others I've read. I think they tried to fit too much in. There are seven parts adapted into the 327 pages and some are given more focus than others. I like my manga and I wasn't that impressed by the art style in this, I think it's a personal thing but I found it far too simplistic but again this could be from trying to cram too much into one graphic novel. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion Not such a fan of this manga classic as I have been of the others I've read. I think they tried to fit too much in. There are seven parts adapted into the 327 pages and some are given more focus than others. I like my manga and I wasn't that impressed by the art style in this, I think it's a personal thing but I found it far too simplistic but again this could be from trying to cram too much into one graphic novel. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ritika Chhabra

    Follow Just A Girl High On Books for more reviews. Thank you Netgalley for a digital copy of this book. I started reading The Jungle Book: Manga Classics because I really liked the book as a kid. We were assigned Rudyard Kipling's book in school and I was particularly loved Rikki Tikki Tavi (but then, that's probably because our similar names - my nickname is a little similar). He was a great mongoose, even as a kid. And of course, Mowgli was everyone's favourite. I used to love The Jungle Book ca Follow Just A Girl High On Books for more reviews. Thank you Netgalley for a digital copy of this book. I started reading The Jungle Book: Manga Classics because I really liked the book as a kid. We were assigned Rudyard Kipling's book in school and I was particularly loved Rikki Tikki Tavi (but then, that's probably because our similar names - my nickname is a little similar). He was a great mongoose, even as a kid. And of course, Mowgli was everyone's favourite. I used to love The Jungle Book cartoon as well. In fact, I would wake up early every Sunday to watch every episode of it. Sometimes, we would have a marathon and that was fun, too! So yes, the book holds a special place in my heart and it was but obvious for me to go and try out the Manga as well. Now, the verdict of the manga: I loved this too! I guess it helps that The Jungle Book is one of the few classics that is really popular "And" is set in India, my country. Despite there being tons of animals, I'm certain this land is the reason why I relate with it. (And of course, every name is from this area!) However, I did find the illustrations to not be Indian in many regards. And here, I'm particularly talking about the priest. While all the villagers were dressed the way typical Indian villagers are dressed, the priest looked like someone from a church. Not that the church wasn't there in India back then, but it's just that Christianity hadn't prevailed enough for every villager to take advice from a Christian priest than from a Hindu or a Muslim one. I'm not calling out on Christianity here but merely stating an observation. Apart from that, the manga version was rather great! The dialogues and thoughts were shown beautifully and I have to admit, it was really fun to read it. :D

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wilmarie (lesbe.reader on IG & TikTok)

    ****Marked it as finished but removed dates because it's a dnf but I still want to review it.*** ¡Hola, mi gente! Today I'm reviewing another arc I recently got from Netgalley and that is the Manga Classics edition of The Jungle Book. What can I say about this book? I honestly wish I could give a full-length review like I normally would but I just can't find words to describe how I feel about this book. Well, there's one word I can use to describe it and that's "annoying." Don't ask me why but I ****Marked it as finished but removed dates because it's a dnf but I still want to review it.*** ¡Hola, mi gente! Today I'm reviewing another arc I recently got from Netgalley and that is the Manga Classics edition of The Jungle Book. What can I say about this book? I honestly wish I could give a full-length review like I normally would but I just can't find words to describe how I feel about this book. Well, there's one word I can use to describe it and that's "annoying." Don't ask me why but I found EVERYTHING about this manga annoying from the art to the story to the characters. I was miserable while reading. I kept having to stop because it was painful to read. It got to a point where I hated the book. I rarely hate books but this won a spot. I wish I could say it was because it was problematic but it's not that. I just hate it like ??? I will not be reading any other manga classics because I'm afraid they might be similar. I actually recommend this book if you're a huge fan of this classic and want to see it in a fun way or maybe collect different editions. I don't think it was necessarily a bad book but I just hated it. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Daisey

    I grew up watching the animated Disney version of the The Jungle Book and just read the original book a few months ago. It was very different from the movie and actually includes several short stories about different characters. In my opinion, some of those stories were great, but as in most short story collections others were less impressive. This book is a wonderful adaptation of those original stories and stays true to their details. I truly enjoyed the same stories that I enjoyed in the orig I grew up watching the animated Disney version of the The Jungle Book and just read the original book a few months ago. It was very different from the movie and actually includes several short stories about different characters. In my opinion, some of those stories were great, but as in most short story collections others were less impressive. This book is a wonderful adaptation of those original stories and stays true to their details. I truly enjoyed the same stories that I enjoyed in the original, and thought the others were well told in this format. The art added a great layer to the stories and represented the characters well. * I received an electronic copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Crystal S. Chan, & Julien Choy 2.75 stars The Jungle Book is a famous classic about young Mowgli who is raised in the jungle. There is a famous Disney film based off of Kipling’s tale and it has kept this story relevant and one that many kids love watching. I have never read anything by Kipling and I didn’t know what to expect when it came to this manga adapted version of the tale. I’m a big fan of the Manga Classics series and I highly recommend them because th The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Crystal S. Chan, & Julien Choy 2.75 stars The Jungle Book is a famous classic about young Mowgli who is raised in the jungle. There is a famous Disney film based off of Kipling’s tale and it has kept this story relevant and one that many kids love watching. I have never read anything by Kipling and I didn’t know what to expect when it came to this manga adapted version of the tale. I’m a big fan of the Manga Classics series and I highly recommend them because they have made me excited to pick up the original source material. This on the other hand didn’t do that. I was not a huge fan of Kipling’s storyline(s) with Mowgli and while the stories did have cute moments, they were not what I expected. Also Baloo isn't loving at all. He was horrifying. I would give the two Jungle Book, or Mowgli centered stories, 2 stars and 3 stars. The White Seal is an absolutely adorable tale about a young seal who has a white coat. He discovers one day that humans kill seals and he makes it his mission to find an island away from the monsters, so his fellow seals can live in peace. I really loved this one and it was my favorite in the collection. 4.5 stars Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a widely popular story about a family who takes in a mongoose and he must protect the family from Nag and Nagiana, two cobras who have made their home in the family’s garden. I absolutely loved this story growing up and it was fun to see a new illustration style to accompany a story that I have not been exposed to since elementary school. 4 stars Toomai of the Elephants in contrast to the previous two stories falls more along the lines of The Jungle Book for me. It was boring, too short, and enjoyable. It wasn’t horrible though, which is why I am only giving it 2 stars. Her Majesty’s Servants, on the other hand, was horrendous. The art saved this from being unbearable, but I hated it with a passion. 1 star Overall, I would recommend this edition purely because Julien Choy’s illustrations are absolutely wonderful and there is such love and detail in every panel. His artwork is magnificent. Art Scale: 4 Cover Thoughts: I love the cover; it’s fierce. Thank you, Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joana Bookneeders

    *Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.* I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The Jungle Book was never a favorite for me. Although I liked it (Disney version which was the only one I knew), I just never cared as much for it as others, so I wasn't as excited to pick this one up, but I did want to try it out... Well, it was nothing like what I thou *Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.* I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The Jungle Book was never a favorite for me. Although I liked it (Disney version which was the only one I knew), I just never cared as much for it as others, so I wasn't as excited to pick this one up, but I did want to try it out... Well, it was nothing like what I thought it would be! First of all this book is composed of 7 stories, each one accompanied by a poem. Only 3 of the tales being about Mowgli. Stories:  Mowgli's Brothers (favorite from the Mowgli ones) Kaa's Hunting Tiger! Tiger! The White Seal (favorite) Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Toomai of the Elephants Her Majesty's Servants The only ones about Mowgli are Mowgli's Brothers that tells the story of how Mowgli came to live among the animals in the jungle, which I loved. Kaa's Hunting that is about the part where the monkeys kidnap Mowgli, and Tiger! Tiger! that is about Mowgli trying to be a man and his final match with Shere Khan. The White Seal and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi were tales I've never read before and I absolutely loved them! They are so warm-hearted and beautiful! I highly recommend reading them. The drawings were beautiful too - they work immensely well in manga format!  Toomai of the Elephants was one I didn't really like much, and Her Majesty's Servants was one I definitely disliked! But I did like the manga design of them. Poems and others: Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack Road-Song of the Bandar-Log (favorite) Mowgli's Song Lukannon Darzee's Chant Shiv and the Grasshopper Parade Song of the Camp Animals I loved seeing some character I always liked from the Disney movie and haven't seen in many years like Baloo and Bagheera! They were always the best and they are actually a bit different from what I thought! Well, the whole book was different from what I thought. I'm really happy I finally read this and got to know the other tales in the book! The artwork in this book at first seemed a bit... weird? The animals and their expressions... I guess I never read a manga with animals as characters so it was a bit of a change and a surprise. Sometimes they look rougher than others, but at the beginning I really thought I wasn't gonna like the art... But I actually got used to it in only 10 pages or so. It's a different type of art due to being mainly animals but it's still pleasant and very detailed just like the other manga classics, especially the backgrounds. The emotions are also drawn very well and they captivated me to keep reading.  Overall it was a quite nice and different book. I'm really happy I read it in manga format because I love animals and it just made it really interesting. I would definitely recommend it and I can't wait to check out the original classic!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books

    If you are used to the style of Manga, this book shouldn't take you too long to get your head around. I studied Japanese in university (as a minor subject) and first became interested in Manga then. Traditionally, they read books from right to left, and therefore from back cover to front cover, in Japan, so this style of reading isn't new to me and didn't cause me any major concern. However, if you are new to Manga this can be a little off-putting, as not only do you read the pages from back cov If you are used to the style of Manga, this book shouldn't take you too long to get your head around. I studied Japanese in university (as a minor subject) and first became interested in Manga then. Traditionally, they read books from right to left, and therefore from back cover to front cover, in Japan, so this style of reading isn't new to me and didn't cause me any major concern. However, if you are new to Manga this can be a little off-putting, as not only do you read the pages from back cover to front cover, but you also read each little strip from right to left. So, essentially, you are reading backwards. But don't let that put you off: Manga is an interesting and entertaining art and you can find some great titles both here and abroad to enjoy. Okay, so I was under the illusion, like many I am sure, that the story of The Jungle Book was exclusively about the life of the boy Mowgli. I now know this to be not the case. Rudyard Kipling's stories for children were actually heavily influenced by his childhood in British-ruled India and encompassed so much more than an account of the abandoned man-cub who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle. Some of the stories in this edition, adapted in the Manga style by Crystal S. Chan, are about Mowgli, but some stories are about different creatures altogether. Here we are presented with a story about a rare white-furred northern seal searching for a peaceful home where his family will not be hunted by humans; a story about a heroic mongoose; one about Toomai of the Elephants and a young elephant-handler; and there's a story about different animals who are ordered to do as humans wish them to. It really is so much broader than just a recounting of the tale of the famous Mowgli. This edition also features some of the original poetry included in Kipling's original series of short stories, used here to separate the different tales. I thought these were incorporated quite well into this book and I enjoyed reading them. I also enjoyed the illustrations, although I have come across much better in some of the other Manga titles I have explored. It was still a very enjoyable way to read The Jungle Book: I loved seeing the story come to life in this way. I enjoyed reading about the animal characters and did become immersed in their stories. It was quite an enchanting read and very unique. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of graphic novels or Manga specifically, but would pre-empt my recommendation by highlighting that this isn't the Disney story retold: this is the original Kipling work in a new light. Reimagined, if you will.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    THIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was a little hesitant beginning this manga because the story is well-know, so it has a lot to live up to. We begin the story in nineteenth century India where two wolves stumble upon a human baby they later name Mowgli. Along with Mother and Father Wolf, Baloo, the sleep bear, takes responsibility for raising Mowgli. However, Shere Khan, the tiger, wants Mowgli for himself. After Shere Khan THIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was a little hesitant beginning this manga because the story is well-know, so it has a lot to live up to. We begin the story in nineteenth century India where two wolves stumble upon a human baby they later name Mowgli. Along with Mother and Father Wolf, Baloo, the sleep bear, takes responsibility for raising Mowgli. However, Shere Khan, the tiger, wants Mowgli for himself. After Shere Khan tricks the pack into egging Akela on to fight and impossible hunt, Shere Khan takes control and banishes Mowgli. Mowgli then finds friends with the monkeys and is later captured by them. What will happen to Mowgli? Will he keep true to his promise of skinning Shere Khan? The manga is then proceeded by a series of short stories about The White Seal, Rikki-Tiki-Tavi, and Toomai. I probably enjoyed Rikki-Tiki-Tavi the most out of the three, but the other two were quite bland for me. While the original does include these stories, I felt them to be out of place in this manga…if anything, probably better left without. I wanted to love this and had higher expectations since I have been enjoying the other Manga Classics so much. However, this one just fell short for me. The ending of the story of Mowgli left me unfulfilled and wanting more. While the addition of the three animal stories rings true to the original, I felt them to be out of place in this manga, and actually detracting from the manga as a whole. With that said, I do think that this would be great for someone younger since it is comprised of a bunch of short stories.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    I was so thrilled when I saw a new Manga Classics was out! I love this series and have read them all. Jungle Book excited me as 1) I've read the original and 2) these are short stories, something the series has not done before. The art is just as magnificent as on previous volumes and the author notes on adapting the original at the back are as illuminating as ever. This series stay as close to the originals as possible only adding artistic license where necessary to adapting a printed word nove I was so thrilled when I saw a new Manga Classics was out! I love this series and have read them all. Jungle Book excited me as 1) I've read the original and 2) these are short stories, something the series has not done before. The art is just as magnificent as on previous volumes and the author notes on adapting the original at the back are as illuminating as ever. This series stay as close to the originals as possible only adding artistic license where necessary to adapting a printed word novel to an illustrated manga format. The Jungle Book succeeds and presents a well-told version of the original seven stories: 4 featuring Mowgli and three others. The Mowgli stories aren't exactly chronological but they flow nicely told together and of the three stand-alone stories Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is my favourite as it is in the original. Be warned though that this (and others in the series) are sourced from the original material, not anything like its Disney counterpart. I don't think the short story format works as well in manga as it does in text so this is not my favourite of all the books (Great Expectations and Scarlet Letter probably are) but this is well done, nevertheless, and will encourage readers to pick up Kipling's classic if they have not already.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Isabell (IsabellReads) Edvinsson

    I was sent a copy of Manga Classics: The Jungle Book in exchange for an honest review. I am very unfamiliar with manga, and this is probably the first manga I’ve ever read. It was certainly a quite different experience. The artwork in this manga was set in black and white, which I was a bit bummed about since I prefer graphic novels in colour. But nevertheless, the artwork was very detailed and also had a bit of a humorous twist. That said I did like the artwork overall, even if it wasn’t in colo I was sent a copy of Manga Classics: The Jungle Book in exchange for an honest review. I am very unfamiliar with manga, and this is probably the first manga I’ve ever read. It was certainly a quite different experience. The artwork in this manga was set in black and white, which I was a bit bummed about since I prefer graphic novels in colour. But nevertheless, the artwork was very detailed and also had a bit of a humorous twist. That said I did like the artwork overall, even if it wasn’t in colour. This manga isn’t only about The Jungle Book, but also contains different short stories. I liked some of these better than others, but one which I really enjoyed was The White Seal. The adaption of The Jungle book wasn’t the best I’ve seen, and it wasn’t as exciting to read as I had hoped. It did however provide a strong feeling of nostalgia, which I loved. Since I don’t have much knowledge about manga, I think one of the reasons for why I didn’t love this was because of the manga format. It could be that the manga format just isn’t for me. However, if you enjoy reading manga and also enjoy classics, I definitely think you should give this one a go.

  26. 5 out of 5

    MissJLovesReading

    This was such a fun and unique take on such a classic story like The Jungle Book. I haven't read much manga before (last time was in my Japanese class in high school!) But I found that I got the hang if it pretty quickly and really quite enjoyed the reading experience. The artwork and colours and layout was so much fun and I can see this being a fantastic way to get kids to read this classic tale, which could also form a unit of work or a great inquiry lesson into the different forms and present This was such a fun and unique take on such a classic story like The Jungle Book. I haven't read much manga before (last time was in my Japanese class in high school!) But I found that I got the hang if it pretty quickly and really quite enjoyed the reading experience. The artwork and colours and layout was so much fun and I can see this being a fantastic way to get kids to read this classic tale, which could also form a unit of work or a great inquiry lesson into the different forms and presentations of the same story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    A great adaptation of one of my childhood favorites. The artwork is beautiful and it is one of my favourites from Udon Entertainment so far, highly recommended and definitely check out their other works. .

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I don't think I have actually read the original book by Rudyard Kipling, but I have seen quite a few of the movie and/or cartoon adaptations and therefore I have always thought that The Jungle Book is only about the man-cub Mowgli who was raised by wolves somewhere in India. But it would seem that I have been living a lie, because that's not the case! Some of the short stories are about the famous boy named Mowgli, but some stories are about different creatures altogether. For example, there's a I don't think I have actually read the original book by Rudyard Kipling, but I have seen quite a few of the movie and/or cartoon adaptations and therefore I have always thought that The Jungle Book is only about the man-cub Mowgli who was raised by wolves somewhere in India. But it would seem that I have been living a lie, because that's not the case! Some of the short stories are about the famous boy named Mowgli, but some stories are about different creatures altogether. For example, there's a story about a white seal looking for a peaceful home, there's a story about a mongoose, there's a story about elephants and then there's a story about different animals who are ordered to do as humans wish them to. Every short story ends with a poem about the story itself, some of them are a bit shorter and some of them a bit longer, and as I understand, that these are something kind of directly taken from the original work. Unfortunately for Kipling, the poems were my least favourite parts even though the people working on this adaptation have done a marvelous job of combining the poems with the stories. Although I cannot say that the illustrations are as gorgeous as they have been in the other manga adaptations I've read, they're still really nice and I liked them a lot. It's just it's somehow a lot easier to say gorgeous about pictures about people or subjects that I'm more familiar with (e.g. clothes and buildings) than it is about bears or seals for example. It is very easy to distinguish between the animals and I liked the mix of cartoon and real-life style going on. All of the wolves have different faces and looks and all of the animals have been drawn in a way that it's easy to tell whether they're more of the good, bad or just plain nuts kinds of characters. DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of an un-edited electronic proof from UDON & Morpheus via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The following thoughts are my own and have not been affected in any way by this. The Jungle Book's manga adaptation is expected to be published on 1st April, 2017. The Book Challengers blog // The Book Challengers Instagram // The Book Challengers Twitter

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anusha Narasimhan

    To be reviewed

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nay Denise

    This was an okay read. A great refresher for those who have read the book or seen the movie. Not too big on the art style.

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