2016 marks the 150th anniversary of author Rudyard Kipling’s birth.
The anniversary is being marked in numerous ways – including a new live-action film based on his classic tale The Jungle Book which arrives in cinemas today (and is fantastic, go and see it) and a rash of Jungle Book related books.
Bear Grylls has written a novel for kids over 10 called Spirit of the Jungle, which is inspired by Kipling’s classic and includes “survival tips”. It will be released in October.
Speaking about his book, the adventurer said “The Jungle Book is one of the great timeless classics and I am so proud to be re-invigorating this for a modern young readership who are new to the tale – brace yourselves for the ultimate action-packed adventure that will both inspire and stay with young readers as they grow up!”
Other plans to commemorate Kipling this year include new Jungle Book and Just So Stories logos, and a Jungle Book colouring title.
Two other Kipling novels— Puck of Pook’s Hill and Rewards and Fairies—are also being brought back into print.