Monkey swings to the top
A monkey with magical powers has cast a spell over young readers, a survey has revealed.
The Boys' and Girls' Association of Hong Kong interviewed about 200 children this month and found that the Monkey King from the Chinese masterpiece Journey to the West was their favourite.
The unruly primate is followed by Harry Potter, the boy wizard in J. K. Rowling's best-selling series.
One of the popular Disney characters, Aladdin, the young Arab who was granted three wishes by a spirit in a magic lamp in 1001 Nights, was third, followed by Snow White and Peter Pan.
Meanwhile, the 2005-2006 Children's Story-Telling Competition, aimed at those aged three to 11, is now open for applications. Jointly organised by the association, RTHK and Bank of East Asia, the contest is divided into five categories - kindergarten, junior primary and senior primary, students with their parents and students with their teachers.
The competition is in Cantonese, with the final to be held in January.
Application forms can be downloaded at www.children-storytelling.org. The deadline is October 31.