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Monkey king wreaks havoc in heaven

by Debby Chen, Chengen Wu

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Chen, Debby. Monkey King Wreaks Havoc in Heaven. (2001). Union City, California: Pan Asian Publications.

Monkey King lived hundreds of years ago on Flower Fruit Mountain in a kingdom of monkeys. What wants to help his monkey subjects form an army to defend themselves. This leads him to a series of encounters with kings and generals and the Jade Emperor of Heaven himself in which in his boldness, some might call it arrogance, he ends up wreaking havoc in heaven. Even though he is given much by a fellow king and by the Emperor, he always wants more. Hw takes what he wants and doesn’t thing about how his actions affect others or about the consequences for himself. The Emperor calls on Buddha, and he points out to King Monkey how unsatisfied he is has been even with what he has been given in Heaven. He sends King Monkey back to earth to stay trapped beneath a mountain that looks like Buddha’s hand for 500 years. Buddha hopes that King Monkey will learn to be satisfied with what he has.

Both young and older elementary students will enjoy this humorous and charming story with a clearly defined lesson. The illustrations are colorful and help the reader see what is happening in the story. The characterization of King Monkey is what makes this story unique. He is charmingly oblivious to the consequences of his actions and how they affect others. He just keeps doing inappropriate things in Heaven that always seem perfectly justified to him, from protecting his subjects to protecting himself from ever feeling pain and dying. ( )
  TeacherLibrarian | Jul 24, 2010 |
The story is adapted from Journey to the West "most likely written around 1575 by a court official, poet and humor writer named Wu Cheng’en."
  MaowangVater | Jul 12, 2008 |
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Wu, Chengenmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Ma, WenhaiIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vega, Eida de laTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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To the two loveliest boys in the world, Melvin and Darren, and the culture that has nurtured me. -D.C.
In memory of Shuching, my beloved wife. -W.M.
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Hundreds upon hundreds of years ago, in a place called Flower Fruit Mountain, there was a remarkable little kingdom of monkeys.
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A mischievous monkey with godlike powers creates havoc in heaven as he challenges warriors in magical competitions. Based on an episode from the sixteenth-century Chinese novel about the stone monkey.

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