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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Kinchi's Way by Wendy Taylor is the story of the Great Monkey King who was unhappy in spite of having everything. He asks everyone in the Palace if they are happy and he does everything they do to find happiness. But he is still unhappy. Whether it is sweeping the Palace or eating a bowl of Goji Berries or plowing the fields, the Monkey King remains unhappy. Will the Great Monkey King ever find happiness or will it elude him for the rest of his life?
It's a cute little story that has a good concept and a message of finding happiness within oneself. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they make the storytelling effective by giving pace and movement to the scenes and breathing life into the characters. Kids will enjoy the story of the Great Monkey King and parents and grandparents can use it as a bedtime storybook for their kids and grandkids. It can be also used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and libraries. The concept of searching for happiness and the message that it conveys is good and teaches an excellent lesson to young readers.
Stories with good concepts and messages are perfect for kids as it is easy for them to understand through the story. The Great Monkey King is surprised that everyone around him is happy and he tries doing all their chores to find happiness in his life. Happiness does not elude; you just need to look within yourself for it.