21st June '17
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.