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Publisher's Summary

Short stories by Waterstones Children's Book Prize and Costa Children's Book Award-winner Katherine Rundell, inspired by Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book, and featuring all his best loved animal characters in this gorgeous audio edition, with a bespoke soundscape designed by Pinewood Studios.

Into the Jungle is a modern classic in the making, as Katherine Rundell creates charming and compelling origin stories for all Kipling's best known characters, from Baloo and Shere Khan to Kaa and Bagheera. As Mowgli travels through the Indian jungle, this brilliantly visual tale, which weaves each short story together into a wider whole, will make readers both laugh and cry.

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, first published by Macmillan in 1894, is one of the most enduring books of children's literature, delighting generations of children. Katherine Rundell has taken this as the basis of her new and enchanting tale, sharing the early years of favourite characters and informing the creatures they become in Kipling's classic, with stories about family and friendship, loyalty and jungle law, and a final battle which will decide the future of the forest.

©2018 Katherine Rundell (P)2018 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Critic Reviews

"These beginnings resonate with echoes of Kipling’s original and Just So Stories. They are written with mischievous scatological jokes, lively action and characteristic precision and surprise, because, as Baloo says, language 'matters more than anything else'. The stories savour the profusion of the rainforest, as do Williams’s spectacularly lavish collages of engravings of animals and plants." (Sunday Times, children's book of the week)

"Witty, charming and steeped in the harsh truth of nature, this is an absolute must for all Jungle Book fans, young or old." (Daily Mail)

"The magnificent Rundell...takes on Rudyard Kipling with these inventive back stories for everyone from Shere Khan to Baloo." (Independent

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  • 19-04-2019

So fabulous!

We could not turn it off! Some of the best stories we have ever heard!

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  • 17-04-2021

Superb

We all thoroughly enjoyed these stories. Silence in the back of the car for the duration from 8year olds is always a good sign!

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  • 30-11-2018

Kipling reborn!

We totally loved this book, the whole family enjoyed it so much. All the stories were engaging and original. It was hard to find a place to stop reading each evening. My son said that he loved it as much as a balloon! And that is high praise 😂😂😂

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  • 16-11-2018

lovely prequel to the jungle book stories.

this book is everything a fan of the original jungle books 1 and 2 could wish for. five great tales. having loved the jungle books for years, and read both the original, as well as heard many dramatic adaptations, i was keen to get hold of this book. I loved every minute of the tales.

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