For the past few years, I’ve been monkeying around with an adventure story for kids. It’s now finished and online as a serial, with a new chapter each week.
Monkey on a Mission is loosely based on the Chinese classic, Journey to the West. In ancient China, a misbehaving monkey just can’t stop getting into trouble. When Monkey gets into the biggest trouble in the history of the universe, the Jade Emperor, who lives in the sky, orders Monkey to find the Buddha and bring back a copy of his famous book. The only problem: the Buddha lives far away, across the Silk Road, in India.
To find the Buddha, the little monkey must cross rivers, deserts and mountains, and fight giant demons. Luckily he has three friends to help him finish the mission: a teenager, a pig, and a wise monk.
I started telling the story to my nephew Rafael when he was 5, began writing it down then, and er, Rafa is now 9. So the age range of the book changes over time. It packs in info about the Silk Road, Islam, Buddhism, camels, music and food of Central Asia, and ample potty humor. You can see the first chapter here, and I hope to post a new chapter every week.