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Kensuke's Kingdom [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo
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Book Description

1 Jan 2010

Kensuke’s Kingdom is a true children’s classic by Michael Morpurgo, the creator of War Horse.

I heard the wind above me in the sails. I remember thinking, this is silly, you haven’t got your safety harness on, you haven’t got your lifejacket on. You shouldn’t be doing this . . . I was in the cold of the sea before I could even open my mouth to scream.

Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone . . .

From the author of War Horse (now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg) comes a stunning children’s story – loved by kids, teachers and parents alike. Michael Morpurgo has written more than forty books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. Reviewed as ‘A dazzling adventure’ by The Times.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; New edition edition (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405221747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405221740
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888 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. Following a 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 of 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 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. (Ages 9 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"'A dazzling adventure' (by The Times.)" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingdom Rules! 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class 6C, Pitsea Junior School, Essex 4 July 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
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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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a book of adventure... 17 May 2002
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,Excellent,Excellent!!! 11 Mar 2001
By A Customer
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic new discovery! 15 Sep 2006
My daughter and I had never read any Michael Morpurgo before, but after reading this we are hooked! What an excellent author! We started reading Kensuke's Kingdom on holiday and after beginning the first night, I confess to cheating and skim read the rest of the book, whilst my daughter was asleep as I couldn't wait to see what happened.

The descriptive language he uses is pitched perfectly for children in the 9-11 age group- not so heavy that they struggle to understand but just right to create an exciting drama and hopefully encourage them in their own writing. My daughter's teacher uses this book in year 6 to encourage the children in their writing.

The story is of a boy called Michael who's parents buy a yacht and set off to sale round the world. During a storm Michael gets washed overboard and ends up on a desert island where he meets up with Kensuke. I won't let you in on anymore suffice to say that its excitment and emotion all the way and I challenge anyone not to cry at the end!One of the best kids books I've read in years. Would recommend to children and adults alike. You won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A good tale even adults would enjoy
Published 9 hours ago by Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this book
Published 8 days ago by lori susan elroy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of my favourite books when I was at school! Great book in very nice condition!
Published 10 days ago by Aimee Limbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading for any age
children and adults alike will love the adventure and mystery in Kensuke's kingdom, where a boy's voyage goes terribly wrong and he discovers a land beyond his wildest dreams.
Published 12 days ago by S PRIOR
5.0 out of 5 stars A message from the one and only Michael Morpurgo
Dear all fans,
day after day I have been asked if this emtional story is true.
Now I have a kindle I am proud to say YES!!!

lots of love M.M
Published 22 days ago by RECALL
5.0 out of 5 stars but really enjoyed the story
Used for a school project, but really enjoyed the story.
Published 1 month ago by brillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab all round from service to book! :)
Published 1 month ago by Amanda smith
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Great book
Published 1 month ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
Read this book after it was recommended to me by a friend. Could not stop reading once started. Read the whole book in one night. Would highly recommend to anyone- young or old.
Published 2 months ago by C B Heslop
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my good!!!
best book ever.exiting and sad.after I read this book I was surprised to hear that this stories was true and that it actually happened to Michaels morality. it was fascinating. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neasa Long
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