Katherine Rundell was born in Kent, England, and raised in Zimbabwe. She is a fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and the author of numerous award-winning books for children, most recently The Explorer, winner of the 2017 Costa Children's Book Award. She has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Katherine Rundell lives in Oxford, England.
Icelandic-born Kristjana S. Williams is an award-winning illustrator and designer whose commissions include art for the Rio Olympic Games and The Wonder Garden, written by Jenny Broom.
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.