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Here is the thrilling story of Rikki, a fearless young mongoose who finds himself locked in a life-and-death struggle to protect a boy and his parents from Nag and Nagaina, the two enormous cobras who stalk the gardens outside the family's home in India. Nobel Prize winner Rudyard Kipling's timeless masterpiece has been lovingly passed from one generation of readers to the ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 26th 1997 by HarperCollins (first published 1894)
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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is one of the stories in Kipling's classic, The Jungle Book, now in the public domain and free, via Project Gutenberg. It's also available in several audiobook renditions.

The plot may be too scary or sad for some children, but yet I am heartened to see kids reading a few stories that are not sugar-coated.

This story is so vivid. The mongoose almost pops from the pages. Excellent characterization of this fie
“The motto of all the mongoose family is, "Run and find out," and Rikki-tikki was a true mongoose.”

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is Kipling's classic and it's originally part of The Jungle Book. This heart-warming story is about an expat family living in India and the a courageous mongoose called Rikki who guards the family from two king cobras in the garden. The plot, although simplistic, is gripping, bloody and at times frighting (for children) and yet it's exhilarating to watch the little mongoose engage
Ellen Gail
Is it weird that I want an alternate retelling from the snakes POV?
Sommer Melody
Nov 19, 2008 Sommer Melody rated it it was amazing
Are you serious, this is the book that made me a book nerd. The cobra's were so scary to me when my mother would read this book to me. Oh and the movie, even scarier with those glowing cobra emblems on their heads. Poor ricki, so brave.
Dec 31, 2014 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Rudyard Kipling Fans!!!

Now, I have actually gotten into the story of “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” when I was little through Chuck Jones’ classic cartoon and I must say that I still enjoyed that cartoon to this very day. So, when I finally picked up this book of “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” which this version has illustrations by none other than Jerry Pinkney, I was absolutely blown away by how faithful this story was to the original tale and to the Chuck Jones cartoon!

The story starts off with a small mongoose named Rikki-Tikki-Tavi bei
So Kipling was an imperialist. Who cares? This is one of the greatest short stories ever written. I know, I know. Everyone raves about Mowgli. Forget him - Rikki-Tikki-Tavi all the way. Why Disney didn't make this one into a movie, I don't know. I can still remember the first time I read this.

Kipling's tale is about young mongoose who must protect his family. Think cute and cuddly, but with sharp teeth. A perfectly thrilling tale.
Alexandra Clark
Sep 16, 2014 Alexandra Clark rated it did not like it
What i think of Rikki tikki tavi,I thought it was a ok book it showed me that how strong mongoose are.Also it showed me how mongoose can protect anybody but Rikki tikki protected his family and his garden.I would have never thought that mongoose would have been scared of snakes! it is interesting that mongoose can beat snakes when they fight.
Sep 16, 2014 Trent rated it did not like it
Shelves: rikki-tikki
This my book review for the short story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi By Rudyard Kipling.First off, There are a number of important Literary devices in this short story.
The book was okay wasn't really all for me maybe for could have been better in all some muskrat got washed up saved by a family and kills the snakes in the family's garden.In the short story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi if this was a series of books i maybe would read if the author was different and the story was maybe a adventure book or th
"This is the story of the great war that Rikki-tikki-tavi fought single-handed, through the bathrooms of the big bungalow in Segowlee cantonment.

Darzee, the Tailorbird, helped him

and Chuchundra, the musk-rat, who never comes out into the middle of the floor, but always creeps round by the wall, gave him advice

but Rikki-tikki did the real fighting."

This classic harks back to my recent India reading challenge--the one that started me on my now infamous Around the World challenge. But mongooses are
Oct 13, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Well, I can't say how much I actually "enjoyed" this story but it was well told. This is the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a brave mongoose who protects an English family in India by waging war with the cobras in the garden. The animals in the story are vibrant characters and I like that a few divergent points of view are raised (such as, if the mongoose eats cobra eggs, why is it not fair for the cobras to eat bird eggs; if a mother bird wants to protect her babies, why shouldn't a mother cobra tr ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Spencer rated it liked it
The story by Rudyard Kipling is an average book.Personification is in this book because they use the animals like Rikki Tikki Tavi as a mongoose talking and like Nag the king cobra talking back to him. Rikki Tikki had an internal conflict of be scared of killing Nag. While the external conflict was protecting the garden from the cobras. The climax of this story was when Rikki Tikki finally killed the monstrous Nag. The antagonist are Nag, Nagiana, and Karait. The protagonist are of course Rikki ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must have read, or listened to, Rikki Tikki Tavi at some point in my life; I wonder if I had an abridged record (yes, I mean vinyl) when I was small. I wonder if I still have it. I knew the basics, but there was a lot more to it than I recalled (if I had a record when I was small, it was probably bowldlerized). I have to give Kipling credit – Rikki Tikki was cocky and self-important – but I liked him.

And the narration by Emma Lysy was a delight. I received this via in exchan
Gianna Nielsen
Oct 10, 2014 Gianna Nielsen rated it it was ok
This is my book review for the short story Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling. In this short story, lots of the dialogue you will find is personification. For example, the characters who are animals and can not think like normal humans, use dialogue that we are using in our everyday life. Nag and Nagaina are kind of like the garden bullies. They are 2 vey strong and powerful cobras. Nagaina and Rikki Tikki get into a fight and Nagaina drags him into her snake hole underground.
Sep 22, 2014 Dinah rated it did not like it
I just thought it was boring. The climax was o.k. The words weren't strong. The story has a few strength. Not a lot. I mostly found weakness. I wouldn't continue this if it was a series. The story wasn't really interesting to me because it was too plain. I already got TIRED of it at the 1ST PAGE. Plus, it was confusing. What mostly confused me was the names. I kept getting confused on who the main enemy was. Nothing really made it interesting. I think the conflict was boring. It's just a fight b ...more
Ethan Branich
Sep 24, 2014 Ethan Branich rated it it was amazing
some of the literary elements were personification,internal conflict,and external conflict. i was suprised that they let rikki live i would of killed him and roasted it for dinner with barbecue sauce soda and a roll yummmmm... anyways i thought the book was interesting and very energetic it was like a legendary hero comic but it was cheezy.
John Yelverton
Sep 30, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing
Far less well known than "The Jungle Book", but in my opinion, it is a much better story.
Braden Pinney
Sep 24, 2014 Braden Pinney rated it really liked it
i think the story was alright and it was very easy to keep up with. The personification was great. It is more than one hundred years old and it is still loved by many children today! I think that this is a book that anybody and everybody should read! I believe that it is one of the oldest and most entertaining children's books. It was just a great book!
Sep 19, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it
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this is my review on Rikki Tikki Tavi by rudyyard kippling.i think the book was very good and it had many different details like personification the animals could talk like real people but they still had animal like charecteristics like the cobra swayed to and fro to strike they realy do that bbut the bird can not resaky taklk obiviously the author creates a reaky gooood versionn of suspense and kit was an intser esting topic a cobra and a mongoose.
Desiree May
Sep 22, 2014 Desiree May rated it it was ok
The book was rather cute and adorable, the thing that I really liked about the book was that The animal in the garden helped Rikki Tikki out even though it doesn't seem like it, if they weren't their Rikki Tikki and the family could of died or worst. What I didn't like about the book was that it was kind of not that exciting it didn't have that pop like "WOW! I LOVE THIS BOOK" it made me want to put it down but I didn't, I was hoping it would get more exciting at the end but yea it didn't.The bo ...more
Alex Adell
May 26, 2015 Alex Adell rated it it was ok
This my book review for the short story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling. The book was a good book but i wish it continued on it was very ineresting and fun to read> Rikki Tikki is the hero of the garden and saved his family. He killed the villians and he was always the target of them but he fought them to become the bst he could be.
Deepak Sharma
A sweet Little Story of a Young Mongoose growing up and fighting a Cobra couple.
Its a sweet the way characters have been written from Rikki to Nag to Darzee .
Every character is unique and shows something about the animal they represent

A delectable book for kids
DeVil D
Sam Caraotta
Oct 10, 2014 Sam Caraotta rated it did not like it
this book is bad rikki tikki is too hyper.his ghetto fight dance or whatever the heck that was made him look like an pretty sure that indian people dont have british accents DAFUDGE! i still dont understand this book. SHOUTOUT to ruyard kipling! YOUR BOOK SUCKS MAN!
Xavier Ocampo
Sep 22, 2014 Xavier Ocampo rated it it was ok
This is my review of the book Rikki Tikki Tavi. First of all, there are some literary devices used in this story. For example, personification is used a lot since they give Rikki Tikki human-like feelings and human-like speech. Another literary device used in this book is the protagonist and antagonist. The protagonist or the good character in Rikki Tikki and the antagonists are Karait, Nag, and Nagiana. Another device is the internal conflict. Nag and Nagaina have an internal conflict when they ...more
Aug 24, 2015 Deedra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite childrens story told anew by a great narrator.Emma Lysy brings all the characters to life!"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse dot com"
Alexandria Tweed
Oct 10, 2014 Alexandria Tweed rated it really liked it
This is my book review on the short story Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling. In Rikki Tikki Tavi, there are a bunch of literary devices that the author uses in the story. One of these is personification. The animals in Rikki Tikki Tavi talk like humans and have many feelings like humans as well. The characters in Rikki Tikki Tavi also experience internal and external conflict. An example of internal conflict would be Nag and Nagaina and how they were deadly afraid of Rikki Tikki. An example of ...more
Hailey Herman
Oct 10, 2014 Hailey Herman rated it it was ok
In the short story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the author, Rudyard Kipling, uses a lot of different types of literary devices. One example of a literary device he uses, is personification. The author did a really good job at making the Rikki-Tikki and the animals to act like human beings. They talked like humans and even behaved like humans. Another thing the author added was the character internal and external conflict. Rikki-Tikki's internal conflict was that he was afraid to get killed or to get his fa ...more
Julianna Germono
Oct 10, 2014 Julianna Germono rated it really liked it
The short story, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling was great. First of all, there several literary devices used in the story. Personification is one major device that is used. Personification means to give non-human things human actions. For example, the animals in the story including Rikki can talk and they also have emotions. Secondly, we have Internal conflict which is a conflict that happens in you. For example, the cobras have an internal conflict which is how they know that they are no ...more
Anne Estreba
Sep 22, 2014 Anne Estreba rated it liked it
Rikki Tikki Tavi is a story by Rudyard Kipling. Personification is when a non human thing is given a human characteristic for example Rikki Tikki and his friends talk like humans though they are animals.An internal conflict is a conflict between the character and his inner self. Nag and Nagaina were deadly afraid of Rikki Tikki, but instead of saying so they thought of a plan to defeat rikki tikki without crossing his path. An external conflict is when the character faces a conflict from the out ...more
Charlize Loayon
Sep 22, 2014 Charlize Loayon rated it liked it
Rikki-tikki-tavi maybe a very old story but it still popular today and I wouldn't have read if my amazing teacher showed me this story.In Rikki-Tikki-Tavi it includes personification,internal conflict,external conflict,climax,antagonist,protagonist and foreshadowing.Personification is when a non-living thing that has human like traits.For example Rikki talks to Darzee and his wife when he explores the garden. The internal conflict that Rikki is feeling is the urge to defeat Nag and Nagaina. The ...more
Jul 24, 2015 Hudson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-young-adult
I've read this book before of course....first time was way back in the 70's! (Old)

Just putting it in my Kid folder in order to remind me to read it to my daughter. Can't wait to read the parts of the ssssssssssssnake....
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as
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“The motto of all the mongoose family is, "Run and find out," and Rikki-tikki was a true mongoose.” 11 likes
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