Three Action-Packed Stories for Kids Watching 'The Monkey King' on Netflix | Read-Alikes

These elementary books also feature versions of the Monkey King, a character from a 16th-century Chinese tale and central character in a new streaming release.

The Monkey King

PG. Netflix. August 18.

Based on Chinese folklore, this animated movie combines action and comedy as Monkey King battles demons, dragons, and more. Chinese-American actors Stephanie Hsu (Everything Everywhere All at Once) and BD Wong star.



Monkey King by Ed Young. Harper. 2001
Gr K-4–Born from an exploding rock, the Monkey King has many adventures in this picture-book adaptation of the traditional tale. Illustrated with striking cut-paper art, this book is a good choice for readers wanting to know more about the folklore behind the animated film.

Monkey King (series) by Wei Dong Chen, illus. by Chao Peng. JR Comics. 2012.
Gr 3 Up–Older readers wanting to know more about the Chinese tales that inspired the film may enjoy this graphic novel series. Dynamic artwork and a narrative structure modeled after video games up the appeal of this series.

Girl Giant and the Monkey King by Van Hoang. Roaring Brook. 2020.
Gr 3-6–Vietnamese-American Thom Ngho has recently moved to a new town where she struggles to fit in, and her new superhuman strength isn’t helping things. After accidentally releasing the Monkey King, she enlists him to rid her of her weird powers. This heartfelt adventure will appeal to readers of mythological fantasy.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.
Sorry !!! Your comment is not submited properly Or you left some fields empty. Please check with your admin



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing