This action-packed adaptation of The Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling presents this literary classic in graphic novel format. Its vivid illustrations and easy-to-read text are designed to attract young readers, but adults (comics fans in particular) will also find this book appealing.
Mowgli the Man-Cub
Long ago in the forests of India, the “Law of the Jungle” was simple: animals could only kill other animals for survival, not for pleasure. And animals must never kill a human! One day a vicious tiger named Shere Khan betrays the jungle code of conduct by killing a man from the village, then hunting down his child. Akela, the leader of a wolf pack, saves the stranded child from the tiger’s hungry jaws and agrees to adopt him. Bagheera the panther shows Mowgli how to hunt. Baloo the bear teaches Mowgli the laws and customs of the jungle. Yet Mowgli, the man-cub, cannot escape the wrath of Shere Khan. When the tiger turns Mowgli’s young wolf-brothers against him, Mowgli turns to the power of the “Red Flower” (fire) to fight them off. Forced to leave his beloved wolf family, Mowgli wonders where he belongs: with the humans in the village, or with the beasts of the jungle?
This adaptation features Mowgli’s jungle adventures frame by frame, from his kidnapping by the Monkey People, to his traumatic stay in the human village, to the dramatic attack of the red dogs. While this graphic novel is not intended to replace the original, it does provide an alternative for reluctant readers who find comprehending the original literary work by Kipling rather intimidating. With a Glossary, Discussion Questions, and Writing Prompts in the back, this book could serve as an educational tool for teachers or parents.
The complete adventures of Mowgli are found in a collection of stories called The Jungle Book
(1894) written by Rudyard Kipling, which includes the best-loved story "Rikki-Tikki Tavi". If you enjoy reading comics, here are some other books featured on this website that give a graphic spin to classic literature: Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain and The Emperor's New Clothes: The Graphic Novel
(click on Relevant Links below).