- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; New edition edition (3 April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141316462
- ISBN-13: 978-0141316468
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 0.5 x 19.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 59 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
The Jungle Book: Classic Re-telling Paperback – 3 Apr 2003
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Narinder Dhami is the author of numerous children's books including Angel Face, Animal Crackers and Annie's Game (all short-listed for awards).
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So the formatting is terrible. Pages break on full paragraphs ending up with huge amounts of whitespace everywhere that makes the reading slightly clunky. Chapters, on the other hand, do not break. So you can have multiple chapters/sections on the same page but _not_ parts of paragraphs. It's weird. It's like this was an e-book converted into a poor print.
Additionally, this only (at least) half of the Jungle Books collection. I would highly recommend you look for a version with the second half of these stories. For example I found a copy of "The Jungle Books" published by Penguin Classics in 1987 that was immensely superior to this version.
Although Disney movies could make you think otherwise, this is a unique book of tales and songs with different protagonists, mostly animals, and certainly not only Mowgli. An exotic book as Bollywood movies are today, with their stories and their dances in between. I loved so much the descriptions of Bagheera, a sensuous shadow of velvet. The jungle so dense and so old. The ocean and the wars to survive in "The white seal." Conflicts fueled by familiar bonds in "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," a tale in which I don't think there is really an enemy. The almost supernatural call in "Toomai of the Elephants." The last one, "Her Majesty's servants", I consider it more comical and maybe satirical. It was nice, but I didn't liked so much as the rest.
This AmazonClassics Edition has X-Ray, although when I consult the entry for Rann the kite, it gives me instead the description of a place instead of the character. Also, with many exotic terms, some of them are not explained in the X-Ray section. Maybe they are evident for most of the readers but I would liked to have a bit more data. In the end there is a short biography and that's all. There is no intermediary to spoil the fun, with introductions or studies, to read this great book that you can enjoy and learn at any age.
Despite the description and many of the reviews discussing illustrations with in this “children’s book“, the copy I received had zero illustrations, no page numbers, ugly/tiny font, inconsistent formatting, stories that ran together, it essentially no other redeeming value.
It would have been a much higher quality experience to download this public domain set of stories from the Internet and show them to my children on an iPad. I wanted them, however, to have experience of holding a nice book in their hands while they read Kipling’s Jungle Book stories.
This is not that book.
I can hardly believe that someone allowed this to be published without even the smallest semblance of attention being given to format.
I have included a couple of photos to give an idea of what to expect.