August 2008 Archives

Nov 20-22: Ji-Li Jiang at the 2008 TASL Conference

tasl.gifJi-Li Jiang will be a the Tennessee Association of School Librarians 2008 Conference this November. She will be signing books at the vendor fair on Thursday, November 20. If you're going, stop by and get a your copy of The Magical Monkey King signed!

TASL 2008 Conference
November 20-22, 2008
Franklin Marriot at Cool Springs

Nov 2-3: Ji-Li Jiang at the 2008 MSLA Conference

Thumbnail image for 2008conferencelogoa.jpgOur very own Ji-Li Jiang will be a featured author at the 2008 Massachusetts School Library Association Conference this fall. She will be signing at the Author Fest on Sunday, November 2.

MSLA 2008 Conference
November 2-3, 2008
Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center

School Libary Journal

School Library Journal also reviewed The Magical Monkey King by Ji-Li Jiang when the first edition came out in 2002:

"In this engaging version of his story, Jiang begins with Monkey's birth on the Mountain of Flowers and Fruits. After proving himself to the monkey tribe, who choose him as their king, Monkey tries to learn the secret of immortality, travels under the sea to steal a powerful weapon from the Dragon King, and wreaks havoc at the heavenly court of the Jade Emperor. Only Buddha can stop his mischief, and does so in a scene that works as exciting action and profound metaphor."


Booklist reviewed the first edition of The Magical Monkey King back when it first came out in 2002:

"Monkey, born of both heaven and earth, is a lively trickster. Like all tricksters, he is quick-witted and full of himself, seeking knowledge and helping his people but also wreaking more than his share of havoc. In this cycle of related stories, readers learn of Monkey's miraculous birth, his bold success in finding a new home for his people, and his clever manipulations of his enemies and his betters--including Jade Emperor and other celestial bodies whom Monkey has tried to trick. It takes Buddha himself to rein Monkey in and lock him up until he learns from his mistakes. Jiang, the author of Red Scarf Girl (1997),provides a lively telling, and the stories move briskly."

Children's Bookwatch

The Magical Monkey King by Ji-Li Jiang was reviewed by Children's Bookwatch:

"The Magical Monkey King: Mischief In Heaven is an anthology of classic Chinese folk tales, adroitly retold by Ji-Li Jiang and humorously illustrated with a handful of black-and-white Chinese-style brush pictures by Youshan Tang. Surprises always follow the mischievous Monkey in his adventures, from his determination to win the title of 'King of the Monkeys' to his quest to learn the secrets of immortality, to his contest against the Buddha himself. A rollicking, enjoyable ride, written in a delightfully upbeat tone, ideal for young readers ready to make the transition from picture books to slightly more elaborate text stories".

"Jiang's is the best version for elementary school students, and libraries will want it as a good story for younger fantasy lovers, whether or not it is used as an introduction to authentic Chinese literature."

-School Library Journal

Ji-li Jiang is the author of Red Scarf Girl (an ALA Notable Book), her own account of growing up in China under the Cultural Revolution. Born in Shanghai in 1954, she was a science teacher before coming to the United Sates in 1984. In 1992 she started a company, East West Exchange, to promote cultural exchange between Western countries and China. She lives near San Francisco, California.

Youshan Tang grew up in Shanghai, China, and graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Peking University with degrees in Chinese art and literature. Since 1980, Tang has made his home in San Francisco where the cultural diversity inspires his work. He is also the illustrator of Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella and Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India.

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The Magical Monkey King: Mischief in Heaven

By Ji-li Jiang
Illustrated by Youshan Tang
$8.95, Paperback, 124 pages
English Text
Ages 7-12
ISBN-10: 1885008252
ISBN-13: 9781885008251

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