I loved reading The Jungle Book. Not to knock the movie, but they really dropped the ball when they took Kaa from the century-old, placid-yet-powerful, mysterious mentor to a comically dull demi-villain. Badly done, Disney. Not that I didn’t like the animated Jungle Book, I just love the original Kaa. I love the descriptions of Mowgli curling up in Kaa’s coils. I love the cross-cultural reverence the never-flustered snake commands. I love that a snake is a good-guy. Snakes get such a bad rap in most stories – it warms the snake-loving cockles of my heart that we get such a good one in The Jungle Book.