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The Monkey King 1: Sun WuKong [Kindle Edition]

Chris McElwain
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Book Description

The story of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, is a tale beloved by billions, both in its native China and all over the world. The Journey West is a retelling of the classic Ming-Dynasty novel Xiyouji (The Journey to the West) as a rhyming picture book and introduces the Monkey King, one of the towering figures of Chinese mythology and arguably the World's most popular superhero, to Western audiences.

Through cartoon and verse reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, it chronicles the rise, fall and eventual redemption of the globe's favorite simian superhero as he grapples with demons, dragons, and the ever-lurking specter of his own mortality.

In Book One, the Monkey King is born under unusual circumstances and quickly establishes himself as the ruler of his local primate fiefdom. He trains his mystical powers with a Taoist master at a secluded monastery. He visits the Dragon Palace, where he acquires his trademark iron staff. Finally, in the tradition of all great mythic heroes, he journeys to the Underworld.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5429 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052HKMUO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Children's Book February 17, 2012
By Miro81
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this when I was searching in kindle for "history." So I presumed that it would be the original and glossed over the words "retelling," "cartoon," and "rhyming." I take the blame for that and don't account for it in my ratings of the book, but I do believe it needs to be listed as a children's book, not under history.

As an avid student of Chinese History and culture, it's very hard for me to read something so far from the original. I do believe the book's description should put more emphasis on the fact that this is a "retelling" of the original, or an "interpretation of a fairy tale." Honestly, just calling it "The Monkey King" would be more accurate, instead of including the title of the original epic "The Journey West."

That said, it's something I would enjoy reading to my children. The prose gives a nod to Dr.Seuss style children's books, and keeps the story flowing at a pace children can follow.

My primary reason for the low rating is the illustration. For an "illustrated" book, this has the quality of a first draft. I'm not expecting museum quality artwork or anything, but this looks more like it was sketched once and never improved upon or polished. Maybe it looks better in color, but on my black and white screen, it's very unpleasant to look at. One may interpret this as the illustrator's "style," but to me even a rough, sketchy "style" (as seen in Roald Dahl's "the Witches")would show more planning and polish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome January 7, 2013
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It was awesome and I am looking for a feeble Heller and I am not sure how to get a feeble
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent rhymes, great story, servicable art, fun read January 29, 2012
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I liked the second part a *lot*, The Great Sage, which was free for a few days, so I came back and bought the first part. I was not disappointed. I've downloaded about 2000 items for the Kindle, and this was one of my favorite discoveries.

The Monkey King is one of the great heros of Chinese myth, usually willing to fight anyone. The author has taken these excellent stories, and set them to rhyme. I've been writing rhyming poetry myself for years, and I know how hard it is to make the rhythm compelling for more than a few pages. The rhymes need to seem non-forced, clever, and the story has to keep moving along. There is enough in here for 7 normal children's books.

The art isn't fantastic, but it really helps the story along. I was particularly impressed with the story behind Monkey's staff.

I'll buy the third book when it comes out. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun monkey adventures! December 26, 2011
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This is a great collection of tales about the adventures of the monkey king! Evoking classical mythology, with a timeless setting and written to tickle the funny bones of modern urbanites everywhere - fun for kids an adults alike. Can't wait for volume 2!
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