Rumble in the Jungle Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-26 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 109 user ratings

"After reading this book more than once on my placement to children, as they were so insistent on was clear to see it is a classroom favourite. Each page includes a different jungle animal and the noise it makes appears in big capital letters. I asked the children to make the sound and they thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this read. Also at the end of the book all the animals are on one page in a jungle setting and some are hiding, I asked the children to recognise and point to as many as they could also telling me the noise they make. The children found this book so much fun and continued to enjoy it in their 'choosing time' when they continuously asked me to read to them. Fab and informative jungle book! " said.

" My children had a strange reaction to the book. They really liked it, but in the following ways:

-- They liked the introduction page because they got to investigate and identify the animals (jaguar, gorilla, tiger, et al).
-- On the opening page, you see a view of the jungle from the outside, but all we see of the animals is a small portion of each (the tail of a tiger, the nose of a crocodile, the antlers of the gazelle, etc.). The rest is hidden behind the trees, in the leaves, etc.
-- On each 2-page spread there are 3 small, teeny ants. My children ignored the main characters on each page in order to concentrate on locating 1-2-3 ants! (They are VERY small!)

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This book goes through the various animals that you might find in a jungle. It tells a little about each animal and what they are doing. The art is very well done and keeps young readers attention.

The meaning for this book is to give readers an understanding of the animals. It takes them on a "safari" through the jungle and a short description of each animal.
I like that the book starts off in the morning when the animals are awakening and it ends in the evening when the animals are going to sleep. It gives the effect of a full day in the jungle.

Classroom Connection:
One idea of how to connect this to a lesson would be for the students to take the description of the animal of their choice and draw a picture of it. The students could also put on a parade of animals and talk about themselves using information from the book, and possibly more research in the higher grades.

Text Complexity:
The interest level for this book is K-2. I would stretch that to preK-2. The grade equivalent is 1.9. There is no lexile score for this book. I believe that students could independently read this by grade 2.
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"Join the magic and fun of this rhyming safari from morning to night and meet all the 13 animals who all have their own unique poems.
‘Rumble in the Jungle’ is a wonderful picture book that has so much to offer young children. From its wonderful, brightly coloured illustrations to the engaging rhymes on each page, this book is a winner for children from 1-7 years.

This book is excellent for a teacher led story time read that will draw children into the illustrations and rhymes. Each page is devoted to a different animal with humorous poems full of rhyme, alliteration and adjectives in only 4-6 lines to maintain the child’s attention to develop their language skills.

‘Rumble in the Jungle’ could be used to develop children’s attention and listening skills in the early years. It would also develop an understanding and excitement of different animals and their habitats and the extensive use of rhyme throughout supports phonological awareness. From Year 1, this book could also be used to support descriptive writing about animals using rhyme, alliteration and adjectives and children could easily design their own colourful pictures to go with their own animal poems.

The brightly coloured pictures, attention gripping and simple language make this a fully accessible book for all children up to 7 years including children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and children with English as an Additional Language (EAL).
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"Author: Giles Andrae
Illustrator: David Wojtowycz
First Published: 1996

Why does children’s poetry matter? Children’s responses to poetry are innate, instinctive, natural – maybe it starts in the womb, with the mother's heartbeat? Children are hard-wired to musical language – taking pleasure in the rhythm, rhyme, repetition and other patternings of language that are a marked feature of childhood. As the poet, Tony Harrison, pointed out, it’s the scansion in poetry that unites the attention. Just think how, faced with fretful babies, we rock them rhythmically, dredging up old nursery rhymes, lullabies, or chants to amuse and pacify. This is a universal phenomenon, as Iona and Peter Opie, and other scholars, have shown in their research on the oral tradition. Even when we tell young children stories, they demand exact retellings and repetitions with the same cadences, rhythms, pauses and tones they heard the time before. This early sharing of musical language is often physical, too; bumping toddlers up and down on our knees and often ending with a kiss. Early poetry is about the expression of love. - See more at:
The Case of Children's Poetry, Morag Styles, 11 Oct 2011,

We need to include poetry in our reading with children.

We need to stop our focus on lengthy tales and "story" and return once in a while to the little joyous excerpts that are poems.

Poems do so much for our children - development in cognition, language, physicality. It draws us together. They can entertain or teach. Make us laugh or cry. The act of learning a poem teaches us to memorise, to appreciate, to speak, to breathe, to participate.

We need to go back to embracing poetry.


On the weekend I found myself at lunch with the nieces and needing to keep them out from underfoot. We read "Rumble in the Jungle". We looked at colourful illustrations with hidden animals. We made the animal noises. We sang some of the verses. We participated in the act of reading.

This is what a children's picture book should be about.

The App
I have found myself amazed at the Apps being developed around children's books which promote reading. The one for "Rumble in the Jungle" is aimed for the 3-5 year olds with a reading by Hugh Laurie, a few clickables, and two piece jigsaw puzzles. I have found the 7yo playing happily with it, as well as the 3 and 5yo nieces clicking around. They perhaps don't spend as long on the story as I would like (the app for The Wrong Book keeps the child within the story better) but it is still the book and it is still comfortable encompassing READING.

Morag Styles on being a Professor of Children’s Poetry
Giles Andrae w'pedia

Read aloud - 2+
Read yourself - 5+

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" A book about animals from the jungle. It rhymes but the meter felt weird. " said.

" Cute illustrations, and I actually do think kids would enjoy it- but I'm not a fan of the misinformation and some of the other words. " said.

" A great poetry book for kids that's a great way to teach them about different animals and how they look. A really fun read by an author I'm starting to really enjoy! " said.

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