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Rudyard Kipling's Just So Comics: Tales of the World's Wildest Beasts
Rudyard Kipling's Just So Comics: Tales of the World's Wildest Beasts
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Rudyard Kipling's Just So Comics: Tales of the World's Wildest Beasts

Ever wonder how the leopard got his spots or how the elephant got his trunk? Well, look no further! In this comics compilation of Just So Stories, famed author and worldwide explorer Rudyard Kipling travels from the Horn of Africa to the deserts of India and discovers the truth behind four of the world’s wildest beasts.

PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Spin
Age Level8-11 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-6
SubjectClassics & Nursery Rhymes, Graphic Novels, Animals
Trim Size7 x 10
Page Count144



NetGalley Review - Sarah DiLorenzo

"A great companion to the original stories. The layout and illustrations are fun and appealing and the kid-friendly translations make the stories easy for young readers to understand, especially when read along with the original works." - NetGalley Review

January 6, 2013

NetGalley Review - Martha Dodge

"I loved the illustration style and the images really helped drive home the message of the story. Plus, many of our young patrons love graphic novels and will read a comic book version of Sundiata or Redwall long before they read the actual book, so graphic novels like this are a great way to introduce them to more classic stories. I look forward to purchasing this for our library." - NetGalley Review

December 19, 2012


NetGalley Review - Rebekka Hanson

"I thoroughly enjoyed this slightly silly retelling of Kipling's famous tales. The illustrations are wonderful. This would be a great book for children and tweens, particularly reluctant readers. They would enjoy the jokes!" - NetGalley Review

March 10, 2013

NetGalley Review - David Rose

"The art is superb! . . .I can easily see this book being made into a cartoon movie. I recommend this book to readers of all ages." - NetGalley Review

March 6, 2013


It's Comic Book Day blog - Gini Koch

"The artwork is, first off, adorable. The book is worth it for the art alone. The stories are “re-told” by four different authors, still keeping Kipling’s tone and words, but with some extras added in that make the stories even better for the medium. . . .it’ll be read, and read over and over again." - It's Comic Book Day blog

March 2, 2013

NetGalley Review - Elizabeth Nicolini

"A great way for kids to be able to read the Just So stories, I get children asking for them all the time without realizing they are intended for an older audience. Now I will have something to reccomend." - NetGalley Review

February 10, 2013


Who Picked this Comic? blog - April Holgate

"Really terrific comic for kids." - Who Picked this Comic? blog

February 7, 2013

My R and R Space blog - Vidya

"...funny even in this retelling. The comics retain the original plots but tell them with a more modern twist on them and the wacky illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to the stories." - My R and R Space blog

January 14, 2013


Booklist - Kat Kan

"This book collects comics retellings of four of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories: “How the Leopard Got His Spots,” “How the Elephant Got His Trunk,” “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin,” and “How the Camel Got His Hump.” The authors feature Kipling as a narrator while using their own style for each humorous story, and artist Rodriguez unites them with a muted color palette. Other content includes fun facts about the animals and selections of Kipling’s poetry. . . .the humorous narration and dialogue work with the art to provide a good introduction for young readers who have never read Kipling. The stories were originally published in separate books, so this one-volume collection offers a nice budget-friendly option." - Booklist

May 15, 2013

Reading Today Online - Karen Hildebrand, Ohio Library and Reading Consultant

"Certainly not the original stories of Kipling, but the colorful illustrations of Rodriguez make an interesting new approach to the Kipling stories of old. . . .Starting with an illustrated comic-style map of the world, the locales and habitats of the animals to be read about are introduced. Kipling serves as the narrator as a new writing team (Sean Tulien, Blake A. Hoena, Martin Powell, and Louise Simonson) put a humorous spin on the dialogue to accompany the comic boxes of illustration for this adapted version of Kipling’s work." - Reading Today Online

June 12, 2013


NetGalley Review - Victor King

"Sheer fun! . . .my boys at the Guys Read Field Office will love it." - NetGalley Review

May 17, 2013

NetGalley Review - Adam Shaffer

"A good entry point to Kipling's stories. Kids will like it." - NetGalley Review

May 17, 2013


NetGalley Review - Ryan A. Franklin

"I love this graphic take on his stories. The illustrations are great, they layout nice, and I love the way they introduce the characters." - NetGalley Review

May 29, 2013

Classics Without All the Class blog - Heather

"The graphic novel has been beautifully illustrated by Pedro Rodriguez as his style is reminiscent of Disney's The Lion King. An outstanding team of writers at Capstone worked their magic on the original stories by artfully maintaining the feel of Kipling's writing while bringing new life to the text to create a graphic novel that is both unique and fun. . . .If you have a young reader in your home, this demands a place on your shelf." - Classics Without All the Class blog

June 13, 2013


NetGalley Review - Sara Thompson

"...quite entertaining. . . .The stories are just silly and fun." - NetGalley Review

July 29, 2013

Ramblings of a Reader

"Stitch Head is a very lovable monster. I look forward to more adventures and so do my students." - Ramblings of a Reader

August 28, 2013


School Library Journal - Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

"Instead of the cumbersome language of the original, the adapters paraphrase these stories as plainly as possible while still capturing Kipling’s humor. Warm cartoon animals and bright colors add to the lighthearted feel of the tales. . . .Just So Comics is a good face-lift for this classic." - School Library Journal

January 1, 2014


Storytelling World/Storytelling Magazine

2014 Storytelling World Award Honor Book

March 1, 2014

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India, on December 30, 1865. He is best known for his short story collections The Jungle Book, published in 1894, and Just So Stories, published in 1902. He wrote a variety of other short stories, including 'Kim' and 'The Man Who Would Be King,' and many poems. In 1907, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first English-language writer and youngest person to win the award. On January 18, 1936, he died in London at age 70.

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