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The Year of the Monkey
Tales from the Chinese Zodiac

Written by Oliver Chin
Illustrated by Kenji Ono

$15.95, hardcover, 36 Pages,
ISBN: 978-1-59702-118-0, 9.5 x 10

"a storybook ideal for launching the lunar year"
- Books, Inc., San Francisco, CA.

2016 is The Year of the Monkey! Max is the son of the famous Monkey King and Queen. But this youngster has to start going to school like everyone else!

Max befriends the boy Kai and learns a lot at school and at the gym! But how can Max stake his own claim to fame?

The Year of the Monkey is the eleventh in the annual series Tales of the Chinese Zodiac. It featurs a bilingual translation in simplified Chinese.

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Praise for The Year of the Monkey

"Rollicking fun and monkey shines are found in the new book of the ever popular and bestselling Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series. In The Year of the Monkey we can see how focus, practice, teamwork and determination can lead to success in our daily lives. My customers always look forward to the latest title as a gift or addition to their collection."
— Candace Moreno, San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe, CA

"I read The Year of the Monkey to my two young neighbors, Lilly and John, who knew nothing about the Chinese New Year or the Chinese zodiac. They loved the story and the characters and wanted to know more about the Monkey King and the other animals of the zodiac... this is the kind of story that works well when it comes to teaching kids about cultures other than their own, as I discovered with Lilly and John. They particularly liked the illustrations by Kenji Ono. I also found them to be fun and colorful, having the same level of energy that Max has. Now, the kids want to read all of Oliver Chin's Chinese zodiac tales."
- Randomly Reading


Kai February 8, 2016

“Children will love the energy of both the narrative and the animation-inspired pictures in The Year of the Monkey... The book is another great addition to the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series, as well as a thoroughly enjoyable stand-alone story” —Mirrors, Windows, Doors

"Old meets new in this original story that celebrates the forthcoming Year of the Monkey with superhero-style comic art...[It] makes for an exciting trajectory and a charming affi rmation...This 11th book in the Tales from the Chinese Zodiac series has energy, adventure and culture."
San Francisco Chronicle

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Leveled Reading

Lexile Level: 710L
Lexile Code: AD "adult directed"
Fountas & Pinnel (F&P GRL): L
GLE (Grade Level): 2
Interest Level: K-3
Reading Recovery Level (RRL): 19