Review: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Today’s Throwback Thursday is another Kipling Classic that introduced us to impressionable Mowgli, artful Bagheera, and blundering Baloo: The Jungle Book is almost guaranteed to make you happy.

There’s not an overarching plot to this, just a series of tales that teach a little lesson  – whether it’s about sticking together in ‘Mowgli’s Brothers’, or about courage and bravery in ‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’.

Although it is missing a plot, it doesn’t really matter here. The real stars of the show are the characters: Akela the Wolf, Kaa the Snake, Shere Khan the Tiger are all in here – each one a classic of literature in their own right. Despite this, it’s still Mowgli, Bagheera and Baloo who steal the show.

Some of Kipling’s best writing is in here too – really playful stuff that has a real rhythm to it. Like this bit on Rikki-Tikki-Tavi:

“It is the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose, because he is eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity. The motto of all the mongoose family is “Run and find out,” and Rikki-Tikki was a true mongoose.”

Curious about this one? Give it a whirl.

 

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