MANGA CLASSICS The Jungle Book (Originally by Rudyard Kipling) by Crystal S. Chan – eBook, 327 pages – Published April 3rd 2017 by UDON Entertainment
The Jungle Book isn’t my favourite book ever, but I like this Manga Classics collection and thought I’d give this one a try, too. This one was quite different from the others I’ve read, containing seven different “books” – three of which made up The Jungle Book story itself. The other tales were of a white seal trying to save his friends from the murderous men, a mongoose protecting his new family from snakes, a young boy who witnessed the dance of the elephants that no man has ever seen before, and finally a man and the parade of animals serving.
Four of these books I had never heard of before, so they were interesting to read. They all contained little poems like those in The Jungle Book, meaning they all fit together well as a collection.
The art was different to what I expected; it often took a comedic, exaggerated look. It wasn’t the best art I’ve seen in a novel like this, but it expressed the story well enough. I did, however, notice a few typos throughout the novel.
Thank you to the author/publisher for accepting my request to read and review this book
Not a bad novel, but I can’t say I’m overly amazed by it. I’d give 2.5 or maybe 3 stars at a push.
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – eBook/Booktrack – Originally published in 1894
I’m not going to say too much about the plot – you’re probably already pretty familiar with the story. I am, however, going to comment on the soundtrack provided by Booktrack. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a site where you can buy, write and read books with coinciding music and sound effects. (I’ve always used sites like MyNoise to create soundscapes and things to help immerse me in the fictional worlds I’m reading, so the discovery of Booktrack was heaven-sent.)
So yeah, obviously this is the story of Mowgli, the man-cub, raised by wolves and Baloo and Bagheera. He lives in the jungle, until finding a human village to take him in. But he does not belong – he may be man by blood, but he is of the Jungle People now.
The soundtrack with this book really helps you feel as though you are in the forest, hearing the life all around you. There’s music to accompany the little songs and poems included throughout, and dramatic music to portray the intensity of the plot and action. The only problem I really have with the track is how it sometimes jumped or cut off when I turned a page, but that may just be due to me reading faster than it is expecting.
Altogether, the story and Booktrack has earned 3.5 stars from me. It’s a nice read, and the soundtrack is a great accompaniment to the story.