It’s impossible not to imagine a room full of younger kids transfixed by the hypnotic action. If Rundell’s storytelling doesn’t do it for them, the illustrations surely will. Williams’s richly drawn jungle scapes are equal parts gorgeous and haunting, an irresistible combination.
—The New York Times Book Review
[The] follow-up makes for an engaging read, as Mowgli develops from a rather self-centered child to one who cares about his extended jungle family. Rundell’s values-based narrative and Williams’ earthy images reinforce the importance of different species’ understanding one another and working together. Rundell emphasizes unity in diversity in this 21st-century companion to a complicated 19th-century classic.