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"Old meets new in this original story that celebrates the forthcoming Year of the Monkey with superhero-style comic art... How Max and Kai, his human partner, progress through a big-time tournament makes for an exciting trajectory and a charming affirmation. The take-away: Find your own way. This 11th book in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series has energy, adventure and culture."
- San Francisco Chronicle
2016 is the Year of the Monkey, the eleventh adventure in the popular annual series Tales from the Chinese Zodiac.
Max is the son of the legendary Monkey King. Succeeding at school is not easy, but luckily playing in the gym is! Can Max forge his own claim to fame?
Empowering themes of self-discovery and cultural exchange, plus charismatic characters, have proven appeal with children, parents, and elementary educators. This story features a bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.
"The Year of the Monkey immediately gained my enthusiasm... The illustrations are amazing. The action flies off the spreads. Max and the other characters are larger-than-life, full of spirit, energy, and emotion. I like the bright, active colors and the distinctive Chinese look some characters possess." - Kid Lit Reviews
About the Author
Oliver Chin has written Julie Black Belt and more books.
Kenji Ono worked at DreamWorks Animation.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It’s the Year of the Monkey, and to celebrate, Max the monkey has some mischief up his sleeve. Will he and his best buddy, Kai, be able to overcome the odds and win the local Jianzi tournament? The Monkey King had a well-earned reputation for being a prankster so it was no surprise that his son, Max, would continue his dad’s shenanigans. Like his dad, Max was quite energetic and mischievous. When he was old enough to go to school, his pent-up energy often got him into trouble. The principal’s office was a place he visited often. What could his parents do to help channel some of that energy? One day Max’s teacher showed him and the other kids the gym, where all sorts of activities were taking place. Ping pong, badminton, gymnastics...you name it, it was going on in that gym. When his teacher called him over to show him a few students playing ‘Jianzi’ (a traditional Chinese game, where players hit a shuttlecock over a net without use of their hands), Max was at first unimpressed. That was, until he tried it and fell in love with the challenging game. Max soon decided that he wanted to be “...the best jianzi player,” but in order to do that, he’d have to team up with his friend Kai and then they’d have to beat Dragon and Tiger, THE best players, at the local tournament. Could they do it? The Year of the Monkey is a neat story in the “Tales from the Chinese Zodiac” series that celebrates the 2016 Chinese Zodiac animal. Max has all the traits the Chinese zodiac ascribes to those born in the year of the monkey – “carefree, curious, and crafty...playful, nimble, and persistent.” Through Max, young readers will see how persistence can pay off when they see Max not give up. Even when others doubted Max could beat the reigning champions that didn’t keep him from trying. Not one to give up, his hard work was rewarded with a great prize – achieving his goal. There's plenty of action in this story to keep kids glued to the pages, plus it's the first time in the 'Chinese Zodiac' series that includes a Chinese translation along with the English text. Add in the bright, cheerful, and very playful artwork, and you have a book that young readers will love. Quill says: A fun story about practice, practice, practice, and how it can help you achieve your goals.