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ROBERT HUNTER is a London-based illustrator who works with traditional drawing and printing techniques to produce his otherworldly picture narratives. His clients include the V&A, ASOS, Guinness, The New York Times, Picador, Time Magazine and Phaidon. This is his first book for children.
With a new version of Kipling’s classic due to hit the big screen, Robert Hunter’s picture book offers a different introduction to the story of Mowgli and Bagheera. He updates it to the present day, and the skyscrapers of modern Mumbai provide a startling contrast to the jungle scenes. The text is on the prosaic side but the pictures carry the story. Using bright digital illustrations and a palette of fiery reds and oranges and deep atmospheric purples, Hunter conveys drama and excitement particularly in Mowgli’s final combat with Shere Khan. The story of the boy torn between the human and the animal world is as relevant today as ever, and will continue to intrigue young readers. ~ Andrea Reece