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 Kingand 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.
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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.From Publishers Weekly:
Caldecott Medalist Young (Lon Po Po) opts for elegance in this deceptively simple adaptation of Chinese myth. In piquant phrases and minimalist collages, he summarizes the antics of the Monkey King, a trickster hero. Monkey has learned "the art of turning cloud somersaults, riding the wind, changing shape, and disappearing in the blink of an eye," and he uses his magic for mischief. While serving the Jade Emperor, he "plucked all the forbidden fruit from the immortal peach tree and gobbled them up. Then he tumbled home before anyone could punish him." Monkey's evocatively named opponents, including Dragon King and Red Beard Bandit, cannot defeat him, and finally Jade Emperor seeks Buddha's intervention. In an impressive gatefold spread, Monkey is trapped in the shadowy Five Finger Mountain, actually Buddha's obsidian hand. Upon his release 500 years later, Monkey improves his behavior on the path to enlightenment--"but it wasn't always easy to stay good." Young bases this distilled saga on Wu Cheng'en's Buddhist epic, The Journey to the West, which he glancingly mentions in an afterword. The tale may be better suited to older readers who can handle its epic qualities and some characters' cameo appearances. His cut-paper compositions, in earthy shades of spice and sky, might be described as freestyle; pencil marks remain visible and shapes are imperfectly carved, requiring plenty of imagination. Young's dynamic artwork and his mercurial transitions between spreads mimic Monkey's own shape-shifting, making for deliciously unpredictable reading. All ages.
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060279508