The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book
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Annotation: Presents the adventures of Mowgli, a boy reared by a pack of wolves and the wild animals of the Indian jungle.
Catalog Number: #3522209
Format: Library Binding
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel High Low High Low Chapter Book Chapter Book
Copyright Date: 2007
Edition Date: 2007
Pages: 37 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8368-7663-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-8368-7663-5
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2006033861
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Necessarily vastly abridged to maintain the publisher's page count, and without referencing Kipling's idiom, this graphic novelization nonetheless offers readers a rich retelling. Pages pop with nicely varied frames that befit their content, and characters' speech and captions are appropriately assigned rather than being seemingly random text attributions. The deeply and broodingly colored images, however, are what make this a good read, with animal-appropriate movement, expressive faces, and animated body language. While certainly no substitute for Kipling's own storytelling prowess, this is, nonetheless, a worthwhile version to provide for visual learners, whether as a lead-in to the original or as a stand-alone experience. The tight binding may frustrate some but the book won't wear out.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-All three adaptations of these classic novels fall prey to the usual pitfalls involved in such a process. The bare outlines of the plots are provided, but character development, a true sense of place and time with regard to setting, and masterful description of the action all go by the wayside. Jungle Book is mistitled as it references only the Mowgli stories and moves from incident to incident so quickly that the "law of the jungle" morals in Kipling's anthropomorphic fables are lost. Treasure Island is written in a similar breakneck, choppy style, and Long John Silver, one of the most memorable characters ever created, is eminently forgettable in this telling. In 80 Days, the historic events that made such a journey even thinkable, like the opening of the Suez Canal and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, are never mentioned, nor is the International Date Line, which enabled Fogg to win his wager, mentioned, let alone explained. The cartoon illustrations in all three volumes border on offensive as no matter which country or culture is depicted, the dot-eyed faces are virtually identical except for minor variations in skin tone. Some illustrations make no sense, as when the action in 80 Days describes the servant Passepartout at the bottom of a circus pyramid, but the picture is of a Japanese tearoom.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Word Count: 3,235
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 112863 / grade: Middle Grades

Reluctant readers will gravitate to this series, which presents shortened, accessible adaptations of classic adventure stories. Dramatic, full-page illustrations will draw readers into the action and hold their attention. The colorful artwork, brief text, and exciting story lines are sure to spark students' interest in reading.

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