Set to Buchanan's lush, luminous illustrations, this adaptation of the adventures of Mowgli introduces the classic to a new generation.
Infused with both humor and drama, the animated and interactive features maintain an organic flow with the text throughout. Following the adventures of a human baby rescued and raised in the Indian jungle by a wolf family (with plenty of help from a bear, a panther and a python, of course!), the view pans through the jungle as the reader begins. Kids can ride with the buffalo herd in a mad chase, help the python save Mowgli and tickle the mischievous, flatulent monkeys just as the tension might get too high. Jungle sounds and background music can be turned off but add to the ambience without ever intruding. In addition to the usual book-bar options, a hint button offers interactive tips and facts about the jungle on each page. And if it's time for bed just as the monkeys are stealing young Mowgli away, readers can bookmark any page for a quick return later. With wonderful production values, this app is enjoyable both for the narrative and the effects. Readers accustomed to Kipling’s sonorous original language, complete with formal “thee” and “thou,” will find it missing, though this adaptation is far more faithful than the Disney movie's.The story is divided into seven chapters, suitable for short dips or to read all in one rainy afternoon. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)