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Ancient Fantasy #4: The Monkey King: A Superhero Tale of China, Retold from the Journey to the West

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If you think Superman or Spiderman has been around a long time, think about Monkey. He has been China's favorite superhero for at least five centuries. He's amazingly strong, he can fly, and he has a few tricks those other superheroes never heard of. And he's always ready to do battle with demons, dragons — sometimes even the gods.

Monkey stars in The Journey to the West, an epic comic fantasy from the sixteenth century. The part retold here is about Monkey's origin and early career — and the one time he didn't come out on top.

For ages 10 and up. Not illustrated

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Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of The Baker's Dozen, The Sea King's Daughter, The Monkey King, and many more children's books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader's theater. Once a professional storyteller, Aaron specializes in lively retellings of folktales and other traditional literature, which have won him honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society.

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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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THE ANCIENT FANTASY SERIES BY AARON SHEPARD

#1 THE MOUNTAIN OF MARVELS: A Celtic Tale of Magic, Retold from The Mabinogion. The story of the magical lady Rhiannon, the king who loved her, and the magician who hated and aimed to destroy them.

#2 THE SONGS OF POWER: A Finnish Tale of Magic, Retold from the Kalevala. In a story born in the time of shamans, two magical heroes vie for the hand of a maiden and wind up battling her mother, whose powers rival their own.

#3 THE MAGIC FLYSWATTER: A Superhero Tale of Africa, Retold from the Mwindo Epic. Mwindo's father, the chief, never wanted a son and tries to get rid of him — but Mwindo has other ideas, as well as the powers to make them happen.

#4 THE MONKEY KING: A Superhero Tale of China, Retold from The Journey to the West. From a comic epic about one of the most popular characters of all time. When Monkey decides he wants to become a god, Heaven had better watch out

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If you think Superman or Spiderman has been around a long time, think about Monkey. He has been China's favorite superhero for at least five centuries. He's amazingly strong, can fly, and has tricks those other superheroes never heard of.

Synopsis:

If you think Superman or Spiderman has been around a long time, think about Monkey. He has been China's favorite superhero for at least five centuries. He's amazingly strong, he can fly, and he has a few tricks those other superheroes never heard of. And he's always ready to do battle with demons, dragons — sometimes even the gods. Monkey stars in The Journey to the West, an epic comic fantasy from the sixteenth century. The part retold here is about Monkey's origin and early career — and the one time he didn't come out on top. For ages 10 and up. Not illustrated

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Sanhep, June 9, 2008 (view all comments by Sanhep)
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 monkey's make 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 that above them were Gods, who dwelll in Heaven and Earth. Then there are the immortals, who have gained great powers 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 of his own course to become not just a God, or Immortals, but to also become a Buddhas. He wanted it all.

The Monkey King managed to get himself in trouble all along the course he had set for himslef. He studied hard for years and really tried. Yet trouble became his middle name.

In the end he finds himself trapped and pinned between stones. His head and arms were out, but the rest of him 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 know the answers.

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

Sandra Heptinstall--Louisiana
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780938497417
Author:
Shepard, Aaron
Publisher:
Skyhook Press
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Monkeys
Subject:
Folklore -- China.
Subject:
Children s Folk Tales-Mythical Creatures
Series:
Ancient Fantasy
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
- Up
Language:
English
Pages:
52
Dimensions:
6.00x9.00x.12 in. .20 lbs.
Age Level:
10-UP

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"Synopsis" by , If you think Superman or Spiderman has been around a long time, think about Monkey. He has been China's favorite superhero for at least five centuries. He's amazingly strong, can fly, and has tricks those other superheroes never heard of.
"Synopsis" by , If you think Superman or Spiderman has been around a long time, think about Monkey. He has been China's favorite superhero for at least five centuries. He's amazingly strong, he can fly, and he has a few tricks those other superheroes never heard of. And he's always ready to do battle with demons, dragons — sometimes even the gods. Monkey stars in The Journey to the West, an epic comic fantasy from the sixteenth century. The part retold here is about Monkey's origin and early career — and the one time he didn't come out on top. For ages 10 and up. Not illustrated
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