Monkey King by Ed Young

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From a fantastic explosion is born the legendary Monkey King, the clever and courageous hero of one of the best-known stories from China.

Ambitious Monkey travels to Square Inch Mountain, where he trains with Master Putt to perfect the art of turning cloud somersaults, riding the wind, changing shape, and disappearing in the blink of an eye.Then Monkey eagerly shows off his magic skills by tricking Dragon King and battling Jade Emperor. Monkey is so arrogant, he even gets into trouble with Buddha himself.

Caldecott Award-winning author-illustrator Ed Young has created colorful and lively collages and specially designed two fold-out pages to animate the story of Monkey King and his acrobatic, high-spirited adventures. This unprecedented picture-book adaptation introduces just the beginning of the classic epic Journey to the West, about the mission to bring Buddhist scriptures to China. Monkey is only one of its many characters, but he is undeniably the most beloved of them all.


About Ed Young

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Ed Young was born in Tientsin, China. He grew up with the dynamic stories of, Monkey King. His cultural and personal connection to these timeles's tales and his deep interest in Chinese philosophy have led him to create this extraordinary book.Ed Young has illustrated over seventy books for children, fifteen of which he has written. Recognized nationally and internationally, he isone of the foremost creators of children's books today. A two-time Hans Christian Andersen Medal nominee, he is the author-illustrator of Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China, winner of the 1990 Caldecott Medal, and Seven Blind Mice, a Caldecott Honor Book; and the illustrator of The Emperor and the Kite, a Caldecott Honor Book, byJane Yolen. The author lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife and two daughters.
Published February 20, 2001 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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The centerpiece of the book, and of Monkey’s adventures, takes place on pages that fold out both horizontally and vertically as Monkey leaps to a place that he thinks is the end of the earth, but that turns out to be the upraised hand of Buddha.

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In this retelling of a traditional Buddhist tale, a greedy, insensitive king learns true leadership from a wise monkey, one of the incarnations of the Buddha.

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