Monkey King, Volume 2: The Bane of Heaven

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Sun Wu Kong continues his antagonistic campaign against the Jade Emperor and his allies until the gods surrender and offer the Handsome Monkey King the official title of Qi Tian Da Sheng. Charged with keeping watch over a heavenly peach orchard, Sun Wu Kong cannot help but cause trouble throughout the heavens. When the monkey's antics anger the Jade Emperor for a second time, a new military campaign is launched against the monkey, which culminates in Sun Wu Kong facing the one being who might bring his mischief to an end: Buddha himself.

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Gr 6-9-These adaptations of traditional tales are best read as graphic-novel versions of Chinese martial-arts movies. They have abrupt flashbacks and backstory scenes that can confuse readers who are already struggling with the abundance of proper names, titles, honorifics, and alibis. In addition, the contradictory, mercurial Monkey King himself (aka Sun Wu Kong, the Emperor of Heaven) does not resemble the usual heroes of Western literature. Violent, greedy, and deceitful, yet powerful and charming, he blasts through his adventures, never considering the consequences-he's like a very powerful toddler with a great big magic staff. The translation is for the most part fluid and readable, with the Monkey King speaking in an informal style that sets him apart from other characters. Marvelous full-color art often opens up to full-page panels, the better to communicate the heroic majesty of an army, a palace, or a particularly impressive moment in a fight. Readers who hang in there with unfamiliar characters wending their way through complicated plots in order to reach the dazzling action scenes and technical feats will be richly rewarded.-Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MDα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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If Curious George were equipped with superpowers and suffered from an impulse control disorder, he might grow up to be a lot like Sun Wu Kong, the Monkey King. The story jumps in where the previous volume left off, as Sun Wu Kong is named emperor of heaven, begins to make himself comfortable among the gods, and quickly wears out his welcome. Retelling Journey to the West, one of China’s best-known classical works, this graphic-novel adaptation is heavily influenced by action comics. But the creators haven’t skimped on the drama, humor, and history of the original, making this a great introduction to the classic story. Grades 5-8. --Eva Volin

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