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Author-Illustrator: Maple Lam

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons BFYR

Pub. Date: April 2, 2024

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Percy Jackson meets Dragonball in the first book of this adorable, funny, and action-packed graphic novel series! Follow along as the legendary Monkey King tries to save the world from a mysterious new threat—and smashes his way through the world of ancient Greek mythology in the process!

A long-forgotten evil has reemerged, determined to transform everyone—humans, beasts, and gods alike—into monsters. And there’s only one being who can stop it, or at least that’s what he thinks. Sun Wukong, aka the Monkey King, is said to be the mightiest of all beasts, and he’s made a deal with the gods. They will grant him his greatest wish and make him a god too. All he has to do is battle these monsters, defeat this evil, and basically save the world. What could possibly go wrong?

Wukong must first journey to Greece, where he’ll have to figure out how to escape the underworld alive, be a good pet-sitter for a three-headed dog, and ultimately find his way through a labyrinth. But when he comes face-to-face with the Minotaur, will he have what it takes to slay the monster . . . or will the Monkey King’s story end up a Greek tragedy?

Lam seamlessly weaves together threads from Chinese and Greek mythology to great effect... A quest for friendship, self-acceptance, and belonging.

~ Kirkus, Starred Review

A fun introduction to the Monkey King for a younger audience, with room for sequels. Recommended.

~ School Library Journal

With plenty of humor, adventure, and heart, this first book in a projected graphic novel series makes for a rousing read.

~ The Horn Book

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