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Satisfactory but some editing choices detract from quality or logic.
on March 4, 2017
This graphic novel version of the Jungle Book arrived fast and as described. I'm glad it is available and used it as teaching material for my private ESL lessons.
The art is generally well-done, but Campfire's editing choices struck me as weak at various points.
1. Characters who never appear (e.g. Hathi) are, nevertheless, mentioned (x 2).
2. Some (but not all) of the stories from the Second Jungle Book are woven into this graphic novel (Letting in the Jungle, the Red Dog, the King's Ankus), however this information is not mentioned in the book itself.
3. Other Second Jungle Book stories (How Fear Came and the Law of the Jungle) *significantly* contribute to the extra stories that made the cut or the context of the Jungle Book as a whole, yet...they were not included.
4. Occasionally, dialogue order was a challenge to unravel because of speech bubble placements.
Because of these weaknesses, I also ended up buying the complete novel to use as a refereence. (And I found similar as above to be true for the only other Campfire graphic novel that I've purchased to date, Alice in Wonderland)
I'm very glad Campfire produces classics as graphic novels but 0/2 that I've purchased thus far were not adequate to use as stand-alone study materials.