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Monkey and his friends, Zu and Sandy, lived in the Emperor's Cloud Palace. But they played all sorts of tricks on people, so, as a punishment, the Jade Emperor sent them down to Earth. They can only return if they prove that they can use their magical powers for good. Adventure is never far away!

In The Cursed Village, something is very wrong in Weston. People are living in fear of the half-zombies, half-vampires that are roaming the streets. Can the friends save the village from the monsters?

Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font, Skate Monkey is aimed at readers aged 8+ and has a manageable length (72 pages) and reading age (7+). This collection of stories can be read in any order.

Produced in association with reading experts at CatchUp, a charity which aims to address underachievement caused by literacy and numeracy difficulties.

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5th June '17
I read it to Hstar aged 9 aged 9 & to Jemt aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
I read this with my two children aged 7 and 9 who both enjoyed it.  They found some of the bits 'scary' their words but loved the characters.  My since has since read the book on its own as it is a great book for independent reading especially for boys.
9th June '17
Yzabelle read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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5 stars
This was a very quick book to read and I did enjoy it. I will definitely be reading more by this author
7th June '17
joshgok read it themselves aged 6 aged 6
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4 stars
I liked this book. The story was short enough so i didn't get bored, and i enjoyed what happened in the story. I liked the colour pages and the larger font as it was easier to read.
12th June '17
Leonjames read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
This book was a quick read for me but I know what these book are used for I think they are great and will definitely help people with dyslexia or English as a second language. This book was full of action and adventure and I loved it. I was gripped from start to finish 
16th July '17
Aaronthecooldude read it themselves aged 7 aged 7
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4 stars
I thought this book was quite good, but it was a bit short and could have been longer. Skate Monkey and his friends get lost and end up in a village that is a bit creepy. I would read this again.
14th June '17
Kyzzer read it themselves aged 8 aged 8
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4 stars
I enjoyed the story....

The book is about a Monkey that can can skate, she has two best friends.  Zu one of her friends took the wrong train and now they are in a place called Weston.

They contunue their adventure and save the day
1st June '17
I read it to Josh aged 9 aged 9 & to Sam aged 7 aged 7
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3 stars
This was a very quick book to read. I enjoyed the story as it was full of action and it was funny because the person they thought was their friend was their enemy. I liked the pictures but there was not enough text for me.
27th June '17
Danmanx read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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3 stars
I enjoyed this book and it was really easy to read. I think maybe I was a bit too old to read this and it is more suited to 7 or 8 year olds. The story is enjoyable. I think it is good for boys and girls to read. 
26th May '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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3 stars
I have to be honest, I'm shocked this book is for ages 7-10. It's very easy to read, just 59 pages in all, and some pages have only 3 lines of text! I would say it's really for children aged 7-8. It's contents are quite scary, it's about zombies that keep attacking a village, and how the main 3 characters defeat the zombies. Personally I don't think it was great, hence only two stars. Bit of a let down...

Edit....I've updated my review to 3 stars, due to reading this information about the book:

Bloomsbury High Low books encourage and support reading practice by providing gripping, age-appropriate stories for struggling and reluctant readers, those with dyslexia, or those with English as an additional language. Printed on tinted paper and with a dyslexia friendly font, Skate Monkey is aimed at readers aged 8+ and has a manageable length (72 pages) and reading age (7+).

With that in mind I think it does meet its criteria, but I just wish the assumption of boys loving stories about zombies isn't always made! I asked my boys in my year 5 class and they would have wanted to have read about pirates, computer games, space and time travel.  Maybe some ideas for next time......? 
21st June '17
I read it to 2R aged 6 to 7
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3 stars
A slightly chilling read about three characters, Monkey, Zu and Sandy who have been sent to earth from the Jade Emperor's Cloud Palace because of their constant trick playing. The characters have been told they will remain on earth until they use their magic for good causes. So after arriving in the small, deserted village of Weston they embark on a mission, to use good-will in order to return home. They notice strange things happening and after hearing a loud bell ring, hear a horrible sound, shortly after they see a swarm of pale faced zombies! They manage to escape their grasp and find themselves visiting a hotel where a landlady tells them all about the former residents of Weston, who are in fact, the zombies. The children are informed of a Doctor, who they feel can help them conquer the zombies who emerge every night when the bell strikes. On meeting the Dr they realise they'd seem him strangely hanging around the train station on the night they arrived in Weston. He looked odd and behaved in an odd manner. Monkey didn't trust him, but when he invited them to stay at his house they took him up on his offer. Eventually they discover that he is letting the zombies escape from the chamber in the graveyard, he is allowing them to roam the streets and continue biting people who remain there, also turning them into zombie vampires. Using their special objects, a pen turned into a larger base ball bat shaped weapon, a smartphone transformed into a huge metal pole and a fork morphed into a large rake, they begun to fight back and defeat the zombies. The Dr re-emerged and admitted defeat, he handed over a bottle which he said had originally turned the people into zombies, when he smashed it on the floor the zombies started to disappear and in their spaces they became the people they once were. The Dr however, had vanished. The three friends were now free to return home, however they didn't believe the drama was over. I think this book is more aimed at 9-10 year olds as children as young as 6 may become a little bit scared due to the nature of the story and the themes it includes. The children did want to say that they hope they don't upset the author but they find it helpful when people tell them what they need to improve.
 
KC aged 7: I think it was a really good book because I like adventures with scary monsters in it and I like the way they save the day by having normal objects which turned into magical objects. I found it really magical.
AD aged 7: I wasn't really into this book. I don't think enough happened. I do like magic and I can do it myself, I liked that part of the book. It was a good book but it just wasn't my kind of book. I think if it was longer it would have been better but it was too short and not enough things happened.
KB aged 7: I liked the story and would give it 4/5 stars but it just didn't have much detail. I do like the magic and the monsters but I would like it if it was longer.
IS aged 7: I like the book a little bit but it wasn't the best one we've had so far. I liked the characters and how the skate monkey saved the day by turning normal things into magical things. I'd give it 3 stars.
H aged 7: I liked the book because I liked the zombies because they look quite funny. They had ties on and I imagined that they were red. I like how skate monkey took out three hairs and blew them. I thought it would make more weapons or make the zombies fight on his side not be an enemy, but he made more people to help him. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.
HW aged 7: I didn't really like the book. It wasn't the best book so far but I would give it 3 out of 5 stars because I didn't like the story. I wish more characters were included and things like dragon. I think more characters would be very good. I liked when they had ordinary objects and they turned them into something completely different and I would really like to do that. I would really like the potion that the Doctor gave to them.
29th May '17
I read it to dkathurima aged 7 aged 7
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3 stars
Is an easy read with lots of adventure, great quick read
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