The Jungle Book

Written by Rudyard Kipling

Part of the Macmillan Children's Books Paperback Classics Series

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LoveReading View on The Jungle Book

Mowgli, the little boy brought up in the jungle with the wolves, is one of the best-loved characters of fiction. His friends - and enemies – among the jungle animals include Baloo the sloth bear, Bagheera the panther, and Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the mongoose are all wonderful characters too and Rudyard Kipling’s imagining of the jungle provides a thoughtful insight into that very special habitat. ~ Julia Eccleshare

The Jungle Book Synopsis

First published by Macmillan in 1894, The Jungle Book is the classic collection of animal tales that shows Rudyard Kipling's writing for children at its best. The short stories and poems include the tale of Mowgli, a boy raised by a pack of wolves in the Indian jungle. We meet the tiger Shere Khan, Bagheera, the black panther, Baloo, the 'sleepy brown bear', and the python, Kaa. Other famous stories include the tale of the fearless mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, and that of elephant-handler Toomai of the Elephants. With a beautiful foiled cover, this edition from the original publisher of Rudyard Kipling's much-loved classic is a book to treasure.

Out in April 2016, the new feature-length live-action film of the Jungle Book from Disney.

The Jungle Book Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Alex Bateman, age 10 - 'As soon as I started reading I could tell why so many people have fallen in love with it.'
  • Oliver Thorpe, age 10 - 'The Jungle Book is an appealing read for all ages.  A set of traditional poems and tales from one of the world's most famous authors, Rudyard Kipling.  An inspiring read.'
  • Beatrice Whithear, age 8 - 'This book is about Mowgli the man cub who is bought up by wolves and the other animals he meets.'

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Book Information

ISBN: 9781509805594
Publication date: 10th March 2016
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Books vs Films
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books, Reviewed by Children, The Jungle Book

About Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865. He was educated in England but returned to India as an adult and worked as a journalist. There, he produced stories, sketches and poems that made him a literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1888. After their marriage, Kipling and his wife moved to Vermont, where he wrote The Jungle Book. Published in 1894, it became a children's classic all over the world. Tales of every kind, including historical and science fiction, continued to flow from his pen, including Kim (1901) and the Just So Stories (1902). From 1902 Kipling made his home in Sussex, but ...

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