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Mungai is quite the scamp in this story. It is a well written narrative about jungle animals that end up banding together to start a business set up by Mungai and his cohort the goa constrictor. Mungai and the constrictor are quite sneaky and set the animals up to destroy their homeland just so they can reap the benefits. The animals believe the lines they are fed because they think they can get something for nothing. This story pretty much proves that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
Mungai and the constrictor manage to not only fool the animals, but go into a partnership with a couple of seedy humans as well. I do not want to spoil the story, but the animals come to their senses. I will leave the ending alone as not to spoil it for those reading the story.
The tale is well told and the lessons involved are enormous. I recommend this as a story to be read with your children. The discussion possibilities are endless.
The author asked me to read this book for an honest review. This book has such far reaching possibilities for the future, that I had no choice but to give it 5 out of 5 stars!
There are nuances of George Orwell's Animal Farm and as the one explores the corruption of the powerful and effect on the weak in regards to revolution Mungai and The Goa Constrictor beautifully addresses the effect of corruption and greed set before the need to protect our environment.
Rudyard Kipling's Rikki-Tikki-Tavi gives the reader the heroic Mongoose against the evil King Cobra. Amelia Curzon manages to do far more than that by giving different characters the power to be heroes whether by conviction or chance. "Since no-one was in, they decided to investigate further. They were not brave, they were simply curious."
The character's need to balance understanding what is real, right and true while strong influences cleverly deceive them.
The sophisticated narrative will enhance any young reader's vocabulary while making it an enjoyable read for any adult.
I give Mungai and the Goa Constrictor a five star rating for its clever narrative and unique style.
It is in my opinion that this book is geared more for the adult than a child. I wouldn't neccessarily consider this a young children's book at all. Perhaps, for an older child of 12 or 13, maybe? Given the vocabulary alone in the the first two pages, is proof enough that it wasn't meant for little ones under age 5 or 6.
Regardless of the delightfully colorful, descriptive characters that any child might find visually appealing & attractive; the more critical part of this book, being the "moral" of the story, that is.....I feel, would not or, could not, be comprehended until a much older age.
I strongly recommend this book for ages 12 & up.
Mungai, escapes from a zoo by literally biting the hand that feeds him, to obtain his freedom. Along the way he connects with a self centered, narcissistic snake named Goa. They instantly mirror and gravitate to the lack of conscience in each other and recognize "possibilities" of a greater future together. They exist in this world only to use everyone that they encounter to their own advantage.
They formulate a plan to exploit a group of unsuspecting animals, promising great rewards in the future, if the animals do as they request.
Having every faith in the pair, the animals work laboriously constructing tables, chairs and baskets out of wood with the promise of hope and prosperity for their respective families. They listen attentively to Mungai and Goa, as the two speak with authority and are quite erudite in their knowledge of the woodland surroundings and little gold treasures. To doubt their sincerity would be erroneous as the animals would have a falling out with their peers and thus be made to look foolish.
Through manipulation and cajoling the two cause confusion every step of the way. The woodland and jungle animals work together in good faith but they are gullible and unbeknownst to them are being terribly misled. Their gold mining endeavours, are necessary to pay for new equipment, used by humans to work at deforestation!
They've all been told by the amoral pair, that the "trees are too old" and need to be chopped down, in order that new ones may be replanted in their place. The animals have no concept that they are working illegally and are actually chopping down their own habitat. The two ring leaders start to show a few cracks in their armour however, when they begin to live in loftier and loftier residences. Each move is scrupulously planned, to be farther away from the 'workers' each time and with every move they have obtained, through smooth talk, even greater security.( e.g. wolves acting as security guards).
Finally, a very observant crow, becomes extremely suspicious and tries in vain to alert the diligent trusting foreman, the badger. Of course, the badger doesn't believe a word that the crow tells him, as he has complete and utter "misplaced" trust in Mungai and Goa.
The book is very engaging as one ponders, if this dubious duo will ever be seen for what and whom, they truly are. Amelia E. Curzon has done us all a huge favour, by shining a spotlight on and enlightening us, to the damage done to our society by these unconscionable and despicable human beings. Her insight into this behaviour and relaying this message, through the depiction of animals is truly remarkable. This is an excellent book that would be advantageous and fascinating to read, for all ages. It is a real page turner and I highly recommend this book to all!