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Manga Classics: The Jungle Book

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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Heavily influenced by his childhood in British-ruled India, Rudyard Kipling created some of the most well-read children s stories in Western Culture. Book One of The Jungle Book(s) includes Mowgli s Brothers, the story of Mowgli, the abandoned man-cub who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale ...more
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published April 28th 2017 by Udon Entertainment
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[Shai] Bibliophage
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, manga
Thank you to the effort of those who are behind the publication of this graphic novel of The Jungle Book because through this, I've finally got to read this awesome classic book.
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Manga Classics: The Jungle Book
Before, I thought that the story of The Jungle Book is only about the boy who grew up in the jungle; instead, it is a compilation of short stories. Aside from the first story, which is the well-known tale of the jungle boy, Mowgli, there are several stories that I like in this book: the story of mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tav
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
A visual retelling of the 7 stories found in the The Jungle Book. The first 3 are about Mowgli and are very good as is the Ricki-Ticki-Tavi story of the mongoose who is taken in by a family and he protects them from too cobras. There was a story about a white seal that felt very out of place in something called The Jungle Book. There's also a story about an elephant tamer that felt very tone deaf in today's world where domesticating elephants is frowned upon. There were another story about talki ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thanks for the publisher for providing the book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are mine

I didn't know that this was originally written by Rudyard Kipling, this may be the only thing that I ended up with after reading this book 😞😞😞

I expected this to be good as the manga version of Les miserables, it wasn't.
I simply read this for the nostalgia as the jungle book was a part of my childhood but that was not delivered too.

The biggest problem with this is the writing style which was an
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, graphic
Manga Classics: The Jungle Book!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.
I read the original book two years ago and absolutely loved it, so when I saw on NetGalley that they turned it into a Manga Classic, I just had to have it. I love these Manga Classics, seriously, I read all of them and they are just such a fun and easy way to read those classics.
I love that the song parts were included in the manga, cause they were such a fun part in the actual book. Also once again,
Amy Leigh
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
If you loved The Jungle Book growing up you'll really love this manga classic. It separates the stories and goes deeper than the disney movie. It's a real treat and I will be buying copies for my nephews!
Emm - One Thousand Years of Books
A lively retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s classic – the saga of a boy raised by the inhabitants of the jungle making up the first half, with the second being a series of individual short stories.

It’s a vibrant adaptation, and I appreciate that the artist goes their own way and doesn’t drawn too much from the iconic 1964 Disney film, considering how infused that adaptation has become with peoples’ image of the original.
I’ll admit that I only really know the Disney version, which I enjoy a lot but I
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A copy of this book was sent to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review, So thank you so much

I grew up with the Jungle Book, like watching the Disney movie and letting other people read the book to me. I just absolutely adore this story and I was always so fascinated by it so when I got sent an ARC of this book I was super excited to dive straight into this.

The illustrations are so beautiful and they capture the story and make it very real and make it come to life. I loved how the
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
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4 / 5

I picked up a copy of the The Jungle Book, manga edition on a whim and I was very pleasantly pleased with it. I have read my fair share of manga in my youth and this book follows the traditional format of being read right to left (a handy guide at the back for those that have never read a manga), as well as having loving, classically manga illustrations. As far as I can tell, The Jungle Book follows Rudyard Kipling's original seven stories very closely, even integrating some of the s
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I've read most of the other Manga classics, and they were always nice, so even though I had only seen the Disney movie with the same name, I wanted to read this version of the Jungle book.

I had some problems at first to get into the short story collection, probably since I was unaware that the original stories were quite different from the movie, and did not seem to follow in a chronological order. One of the stories even takes place in
Sarah Marie
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Crystal S. Chan, & Julien Choy

2.75 stars

The Jungle Book is a famous classic about young Mowgli who is raised in the jungle. There is a famous Disney film based off of Kipling’s tale and it has kept this story relevant and one that many kids love watching.

I have never read anything by Kipling and I didn’t know what to expect when it came to this manga adapted version of the tale. I’m a big fan of the Manga Classics series and I highly recommend them becaus

Lör K.
Free copy provided by Netgalley in return for an honest review

Publication Date:
03rd April 2017
Review Date: 27th March 2017

Hard Cover Pricing: $24.99
Paper Back Pricing: $17.99

I’ve never read Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, only the Just So Stories, so when I saw this manga classic that had been put online by a publisher I’m auto approved for, I just had to grab the book and give it a read.

This was an amazing introduction to the world of Rudyard Kipling, and it’s made me so much more exciting
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I liked how this manga presentation of The Jungle Book actually followed the real stories from the original book, including not just the story of Mowgli, but also Rikki-Tiki-Tavi, The White Seal, Toumai of the Elephants, and others. I wish they would make another one for Jungle Book 2 with even more stories!

The artwork is so beautiful, and really brings the characters to life! I loved seeing the facial expressions of Mowgli and Rikki-Tikki and the others, showing their fierce jungle spirit. The
Jenny Clark
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Never having read the original, I'm not sure how close this was to it. Baloo was very cute, I really liked his design. Shere Khan and Bagera were ok, but thier eyes were off somehiw, as were the wolfs. Over all, a very cute and quick read for this book. I really like Rikki Tikki Tavi, it was my favarite story.
Ritika Chhabra
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Thank you Netgalley for a digital copy of this book.

I started reading The Jungle Book: Manga Classics because I really liked the book as a kid. We were assigned Rudyard Kipling's book in school and I was particularly loved Rikki Tikki Tavi (but then, that's probably because our similar names - my nickname is a little similar). He was a great mongoose, even as a kid. And of course, Mowgli was everyone's favourite. I used to love The Jungle Book ca
Julie Parks
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Thank you Netgalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

This was my second manga, the first for my son. He had a better time adapting to the right-to-left reading than me. The story was great, just like the original is. But unfortunately, I can't say I was the fan of many images. There were so many CRASH and BAM and way too many horrific facial grimaces for young kids not to become mock-violent afterward.

That being said, we did enjoy the book and we did like the style of the pictures and
I grew up watching the animated Disney version of the The Jungle Book and just read the original book a few months ago. It was very different from the movie and actually includes several short stories about different characters. In my opinion, some of those stories were great, but as in most short story collections others were less impressive. This book is a wonderful adaptation of those original stories and stays true to their details. I truly enjoyed the same stories that I enjoyed in the orig ...more
Joana Bookneeders
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The Jungle Book was never a favorite for me. Although I liked it (Disney version which was the only one I knew), I just never cared as much for it as others, so I wasn't as excited to pick this one up, but I did want to try it out... Well, it was nothing like what I thou
Elaine Mullane
If you are used to the style of Manga, this book shouldn't take you too long to get your head around. I studied Japanese in university (as a minor subject) and first became interested in Manga then. Traditionally, they read books from right to left, and therefore from back cover to front cover, in Japan, so this style of reading isn't new to me and didn't cause me any major concern. However, if you are new to Manga this can be a little off-putting, as not only do you read the pages from back cov ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2018, blog

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was a little hesitant beginning this manga because the story is well-know, so it has a lot to live up to.

We begin the story in nineteenth century India where two wolves stumble upon a human baby they later name Mowgli. Along with Mother and Father Wolf, Baloo, the sleep bear, takes responsibility for raising Mowgli. However, Shere Khan, the tiger, wants Mowgli for himself.

After Shere K
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so thrilled when I saw a new Manga Classics was out! I love this series and have read them all. Jungle Book excited me as 1) I've read the original and 2) these are short stories, something the series has not done before. The art is just as magnificent as on previous volumes and the author notes on adapting the original at the back are as illuminating as ever. This series stay as close to the originals as possible only adding artistic license where necessary to adapting a printed word nove ...more
Isabell (IsabellReads) Edvinsson
I was sent a copy of Manga Classics: The Jungle Book in exchange for an honest review.

I am very unfamiliar with manga, and this is probably the first manga I’ve ever read. It was certainly a quite different experience. The artwork in this manga was set in black and white, which I was a bit bummed about since I prefer graphic novels in colour. But nevertheless, the artwork was very detailed and also had a bit of a humorous twist. That said I did like the artwork overall, even if it wasn’t in colo
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
A great adaptation of one of my childhood favorites. The artwork is beautiful and it is one of my favourites from Udon Entertainment so far, highly recommended and definitely check out their other works. .
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I don't think I have actually read the original book by Rudyard Kipling, but I have seen quite a few of the movie and/or cartoon adaptations and therefore I have always thought that The Jungle Book is only about the man-cub Mowgli who was raised by wolves somewhere in India. But it would seem that I have been living a lie, because that's not the case! Some of the short stories are about the famous boy named Mowgli, but some stories are about different creatures altogether. For example, there's a ...more
Grace Bittle
Jun 16, 2018 added it
Shelves: graphic, manga
Ohh, soo boring! My opinion: don't bother!
Vijay Anand
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this from the Publisher, through Netgalley.
There isn’t much I can say about the story, seeing as how practically the world (and certainly my negligible readership) would have become acquainted with Mowgli, Bagheera and the rest of the cast of characters through TV shows and multiple movies, not to mention of course the Rudyard Kipling classic.
This is a Manga edition, meaning it needed to be read from back to front, from right to left.
It took a little getting used to, but a
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, adaptation
This one kind of fell flat for me. I'm not a great fan of The Jungle Book, though I have read it and I think this is a pretty good adaptation. For one, it keeps the original structure, including the stories that are unrelated to Mowgli. The poems that accompanied each story are here, too. But I really didn't like the art. The animals were far too stylized for my taste, and in a crude way. The wolves especially have weirdly spiky looking fur, and I just didn't like it. Overall, probably a good ad ...more
Nana☆ (The Novelty Notebook)
This was a... decent read.

I overall enjoyed ready these short stories. They rekindled my childhood fascination with the idea anthropomorphic animals.

In the first story, what fascinated me the most was the jungle hierarchy and rules. Mowgli's relationship with the black panther and the bear was adorable as well. But one arc in that story ended in a way that it justified child abuse and I did not enjoy that at all.

In the second story, I enjoyed that writing and panel shifts the most. From settin
Littlest Bookshelf
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Jungle Book is a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling. The six stories that the manga adapts include Mowgli’s Brothers, Kaa’s Hunting, Tiger! Tiger!, The White Seal, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai of the Elephants, and Her Majesty’s Service.

This is the first time I’ve read The Jungle Book in any form, with my only introduction to the series being the popular Disney animated film and the recent live-action movie. Heading into the manga, I had no idea the story would be broken down into sm
Jill Jemmett
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
The Jungle Book has 7 different stories in it. The first is “Mowgli’s Brothers,” which is about Mowgli, who grew up with wolves. The next is “Kaa’s Hunting,” and it is about how Mowgli used what he learned from Baloo and Bagheera to defeat the snake, Kaa. In “Tiger! Tiger!” Mowgli moves to a human village and he has to kill Shere Khan, the tiger, to prove his worth. The next 4 stories aren’t about Mowgli. “The White Seal” is about a unique white seal who looks for a safe island for the seals, aw ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling and Chrystal S. Chan, is an illustrated Manga Classic book retelling seven different stories in a complete illustrated format. Six poems are interspersed among the stories, providing a sing-song character feel while helping to clarify the culture being illustrated. The stories target younger readers who enjoy action and adventure. Since this is a Manga book and is read differently than others types of books, a brief but detailed explanation is provided as well ...more
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