Manga Classics: The Jungle Book
By Rudyard Kipling (Author), Julien Choy (Artist)
Adapted by: Crystal S. Chan
Genre: Graphic Novel/Classic
Reading Age: Young Adult, 12+
Heavily influenced by his childhood in British-ruled India, Rudyard Kipling created some of the most well-read children’s stories in Western Culture. 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.
Manga Classics™ brings this collection of Kipling’s brilliant fables to a new audience with their faithful, unabridged adaption of stories like Mowgli’s Tales, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai of the Elephants, The White Seal, and more.
Some of my favorite books growing up was The Jungle Book 1 and 2. I thought the stories of a boy being raised by wolves and able to speak the language of animals amazing, one of my favorite tales in The Jungle Book 1 being the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. And to this day, I still love those stories. Over the years, my family and I have watched many different versions of The Jungle Book, including Disney’s two versions, and the recently released version directed by Andy Serkis. And there was always one thing that I didn’t really like about the movies. So, when I saw that Manga Classics had turned The Jungle Book into a graphic novel, I had to see it for myself.
I was not disappointed! Manga Classics has taken every story and brought it to life with different styles of drawings and staying true to the story. It had been a long time since I had read the originals, so when I saw the way the manga version was set up, with poems and short stories in between Mowgli’s tale, I was confused, and wasn’t sure if it was right. After flipping through my family’s old, worn copy, I realized it was right, and everything in the manga version was as it should be.
The art was a little bit more childish than I expected but seeing as how The Jungle Book is for children, it makes sense. I was just hoping for some epic drawings of Sher Khan and Akila. But I enjoyed this version of The Jungle Book and I appreciate the effort put into making the storyline as accurate as possible.
I Rate It: 4 ½ stars
About the Author:
Born on December 30th, 1865, Kipling grew up in the wilds of India. At the age of five, he was sent to the United Kingdom for his education, but he never forgot the country that had made a large impression on his life, thus giving birth to his ever popular work, The Jungle Book. Originally published as short stories in magazines, he later published the works together into two novels, The Jungle Book 1, and The Jungle Book 2.
In 1936, Kipling passed away at the age of 70, due to a haemorrhage in his small intestine.