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Monkey: A Superhero Tale of China (Retold from The Journey to the West) Hardcover – 10 Jan 2005

3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhook Press (10 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938497251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938497257
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,813,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Aaron Shepard and Anne L. Watson are a husband and wife writing team. Aaron is the award-winning author of many retellings of folktales and world classics for young readers. His books include The Legend of Lightning Larry and The Sea King's Daughter. Anne is a novelist. They live in Olympia, Washington. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

"Here I am, only four hundred years old," said the Monkey King,
"and I've already reached the heights of greatness. What is left to hope
and strive for? What can be higher than a king?"

"Your Majesty," said the gibbon carefully, "we have ever been grateful for
that time four centuries ago when you hatched from the stone, wandered into
our midst, and found for us this hidden cave behind the waterfall. We made
you our king as the greatest honor we could bestow. Still, I must tell you
that kings are not the highest of beings."

"They're not?" said the Monkey King.

"No, Your Majesty. Above them are gods, who dwell in Heaven and govern
Earth. Then there are Immortals, who have gained great powers and live
forever. And finally there are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, who have conquered
illusion and escaped rebirth."

"Wonderful!" cried the Monkey King. "Maybe I can become all three!" He
considered a moment, then said, "I think I'll start with the Immortals.
I'll search the earth till I've found one, then learn to become one
myself!"


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I bought this to read with my five year old boy and was slightly worried at how well a text only book would interest him, as all previous books have been the typical young child variety with lots of pictures. I am amazed at how focused he remained as we read a chapter (sometimes 2) per night. Of course I think it helps if you've seen the TV show and are willing to try and mimic King Monkey's voice at the risk of feeling a bit silly ;)

It was a lot thinner than I expected when it arrived but that's because there's very little "fluff" or bloat in the text of this version with just about everything that happens being interesting, or exciting, and I could tell it was food for his imagination. Great stuff. Of course now I've had to order the tv show box set as he wants to watch that and see Monkey in action! :)
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This is a story about a monkey born from a magic boulder, that was bathed in the energies of Earth and Heaven, quickened by the light of Sun and Moon.

He became known as the Monkey King when he wandered into the midst of other monkey's and found them a safe home in a cave behind a waterfall. The other monkeys made him their King, which is the highest honor they could bestow on him.

It was on the Monkey Kings four hundred birthday that he sat complaining that he had reached the heights of greatness. "What is left to hope and strive for he asked?" The Monkey King was told above them were Gods, who dwell in Heaven and Earth. Then there are the Immortals, who have gained great power and live forever. And finally there are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, who have conquered illusion and escaped rebirth.

That information was enough for the Monkey King to set off on his own course to become not just a God, or Immortals, but to also become a Buddhas. He wanted it all.

The Monkey King studied hard for years, but always managed to find himself in trouble. In the end he finds himself trapped and pinned between stones. His head and arms were out, but the rest of his body was hopelessly trapped.

What trouble could he get into you may ask? Was he pinned forever? I can only say you must read this book for yourself to find the answers.

Monkey is the most popular figure in all Chinese literature, loved for centuries by young people and adults alike. He is a superhero figure who is cherished even today.

Excellent read for all.
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I used to watch Monkey Magic on TV, when I was younger, not knowing it was based on a story. This book, as stated towards the end, is based on the longer story, and is like a epilogue revealing how the Monkey King came into being, how he got his staff, which again I fondly remember from the TV series, along as how he came to ride on a cloud. It's easy to read with numerous humorous tales. I would highly recommend this to anybody, even if you haven't experienced the TV show. A good and fun read
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I like this free download.

I have found the text easy to read about this old Chinese tale. I remember the TV series of the 80s. I was looking for Oxford Reader type books to share with Spanish teenagers who wish to read in English. I think will fit the bill.

PS:There is not a spelling mistake in the title, just a play on words, lol.
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This is not the complete Journey to the west but a small bite size snip it that if you haven't read journey to the rest will help you decide if it is for you.

In reality if you have already read journey to the west I would not bother with this version it only take out text from the originals and will feel incomplete to many fans.
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This is the 'back story' of the monkey king, how he came to be the super hero of all his escapades. How would humanity survive without their superheros - barely, I suspect.
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Plot and action, with minimal descriptive bits to bore kids, so ideal as a bedtime story. Might need to track down the cartoon now!
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I was a fan of the television series Monkey & I read this to help my children get to sleep. It flowed well but is a little short!
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