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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Young Books; 1st Edition edition (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434804185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434804184
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,310,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It would be foolish to think that Michael Morpurgo, author of the award-winning When the Whales Came, could create something that would prove to be anything less than stunning and here, in Kensuke's Kingdom, he certainly proves he has not lost his magic touch.

When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parent's yacht, the Peggy Sue, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. After close-run battle between life and death after being stung by a poisonous jelly fish, the mysterious someone--Kensuke--allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day separation becomes inevitable.

Morpurgo here spins a yarn which gently captures the adventurous elements one would expect from a desert-island tale, but the real strength lies in the poignant and subtle observations of friendship, trust and, ultimately, humanity.

Beautifully illustrated by Michael Foreman, Kensuke's Kingdom is a stylish, deceptively simple and utterly magical book that will effortlessly capture the heart and imagination of anyone who reads it, ensuring that Morpurgo continues to stand tall amid the ranks of classic children's authors. (Age 9 and over) --Susan Harrison

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“This is a wonderful book, a modern day Robinson Crusoe and is simply too good to miss.”
Wendy Cooling

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Class 6SB on 16 May 2003
Format: Audio Cassette
When a book is set as a 'course book' by Educational advisors, there is often the feeling that the book will be 'Good For Us' but not the sort of book we would choose to read. When our teacher Mrs B announced that our BRIDGING UNIT between Years 6 and 7 would be based on this book....and worse...we would be reading it in the afternoons following our SAT tests this week,instead of playing rounders, listening to CDs and partying.....well!
But we have been entralled,captivated and completely won over. This book is a classic. We feel that we know the shipwrecked hero Michael. Some of us think that we are Michael. We have written letters to our parents from our (almost) deserted island, trying to express our desperate lonliness. Yesterday we plotted the route of our yacht,The Peggy Sue on world maps....we can't wait to read on. But in a way we don't want it to end. Thanks Mr Murpurgo
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 July 2003
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Class 6C (Year 6) read this book as a whole class. We thought it was a fantastic story and are still unsure as to whether it is a true account of what happened to Micheal - the adventure and details of the story are so believable. The surprise at the very end of the book (not wanting to give away any secrets) left us wondering whether it was true or not. We feel the vocabulary and the way Micheal Morpurgo describes the events, surroundings, characters and plot have made this the most enjoyable read of the year. A great book for any child from 9 - 14, even our teacher was gripped to the very end.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Darren Neve on 14 July 2002
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This book, written in the first person, describes the life of a 'normal' teenage boy and his companion-dog, Stella Artois, and begins with their life together playing football with friend Eddie on the mud. However, a change in fortune for Michael and his dog soon provides excitement and trepidation as a voyage of discovery begins.
The Peggy Sue sets sail from Fareham, Hampshire and travels round the world but Michael and Stella end up in the water, washed up on an island with Kensuke and his orang-utans and gibbons.
This book is a personal diary, yet written in a narrative form. It is an intercultural experience of a young English boy who ends up meeting a Japanese doctor. There are gentle reminders to the reader of the devastation and loss which atomic bombs can cause whilst at the same time there is the gentle caring and kind development of a relationship between a ship-wrecked boy and a man many years his senior.
The theme suggests overtones of the latest TV fad of "Survivor" yet the pace and content of the book is far gentler and less vicious. We can see how characters interact with each other and the emotional upheavals that the loss of loved ones brings, whatever the age, however long the separation.
There is also mention of the plight of some wild animals and the horrendous experience which some undergo for the profits of animal hunters, whilst a realisation of how the simple orang-utan is closer to humankind than we might remember.
The book gently unfolds how, within the wider world and pace of Western life, a gentler more laid-back existence can still be found.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2002
Format: Paperback
Kensuke's Kingdom - the most emotional book I ever read in my entire life. A boy, named Michael, and hs dog Stella are washed over board from the boat, the Peggy Sue. A yacht that his father bought after he lost his job. Next morning Michael and Stella find themselves on an isolated island. Michael thinks he is alone and 'curls up to die'. However, next day, he finds, on a rock, a bowl of food. He then knows he is not alone...
I recommend this book to everyone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 2001
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WOW!!!!!!!!This book is phenomanal!i have 3 tips for readers though...
1-Keep a box of tissues handy,this book is SAD!
2-Don't read it in the dark ,late at night.I did it,and I regret it.
3-It has a happy ending,don't be put off by the sad parts!
The basic story is... Michaels family is broke,they decide to start a whole new life on a boat called The Peggy Sue.One night disaster strikes!Michael is keeping watch when he falls overboard.What happens next?You'll have to read the book!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Aug. 2001
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This book is abut a boy called Michael who gets shipwrecked and lands on an island and meets a Japanese man called Kensuke and he gives Michael food and drink.To find out more read the book.The best bit is when Kensuke really helped him when he is missing his parents and they became almost a family. Kensuke is my favourite character because he climbs impossible trees and saves orang-utans and doesn't like fires and always puts them out. I would recommend this book to 6-14 year olds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 26 Oct. 2009
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My nine year old daughter brought this book home from school. I was quite surprised she had picked it because the cover was very dull and boring - not usually appealing to a child! But once she had begun to read there was no stopping her! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner were all accompanied by this book, as well as rave reviews after every chapter. After 2 days of constant reading she had finished and begged me to read it as well because it was "just brilliant"!
I did read it and I have to confess, at the age of 30, I couldn't put it down either! It was beautifully written and totally captivating. For such a wild tale, it was strangely realistic. Girls or Boys, this book is for everyone. This would also be perfect to read aloud to your child - it has many ups and downs, giving you the chance to read with real passion.
Fantastic!!
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