Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

Rating 9.4/10
The writing is distinctive; the execution masterful.

Kensuke’s Kingdom is a thrilling adventure story from exceptional children’s writer Michael Morpurgo.

Michael, his parents and their faithful dog Stella set sail around the world in their yacht the Peggy Sue. Michael has never been so happy and then disaster strikes when he and his dog are swept overboard and find themselves stranded on an island where he discovers Kensuke, a former Japanese soldier and obstinate old man. Seemingly determined to thwart any attempt Michael makes to be rescued yet, unswerving in his generosity, sharing precious food and water and watching over him. Michael soon looks on Kensuke as both saviour and captor. It is not until both boy and man begin to understand one another and a bond of trust builds. Having lost his own family in the war Kensuke realises he must do all he can to help Michael find his own family even though he desperately wants to keep his island secret from the outside world he has turned his back on.

This poignant tale of trust and mutual respect is a thrilling and emotive story, written in the first person narrative giving the reader a sense of a true story being related to them. The final page of the book reinforcing this effect beautifully. The characters of Michael and Kensuke’s characters are as far removed from each other as is possible but it is this contrast that engages the reader and adds such interest to the story. Morpurgo’s style of writing is distinctive and his execution of a storyline masterful leaving you able to relax and simply enjoy a cracking good read.

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Kensuke's Kingdom reader reviews

from St Albans

10-stars

So amazing! Best books i have ever read!!!

from Holland

10-stars

Just the best book ever!

from Canada

10-stars

My teacher finished reading this book with this and our class doesnt really read books aand so it blew us away. I guess the only thing I can say for improvement is writing more books since i have ready all of Michael Morpergo's books and currently doing a Book review at school for the book. I highly recommed everyone young or old to read this book as it has alot of cliffhangers and upside downs throughout the story.

from India

10-stars

Amazing.

from United Kingdom

10-stars

Brilliant book.

from UK

10-stars

I love this book. Great description. Dramatised in parts where needed and extremely upsetting and worrying sometimes. Michael seems real- his story seems real and this is why this book is one of my favourites. Michael Morpurgo is extremely talented and knows how to please his readers.

from England

10-stars

This book is honestly the best and my favourite character is Kensuke. I would rate it 10/10 and recommend it for everyone.

from England

10-stars

At first I didn’t want to read it but now I’m all over the book. I really love it, it’s one of my favourite books I would give it 10 out of 10!

from England

9-stars

This book is great, most parts are fun to read however some parts are a bit boring. I was reading it as a class reader in Y6.

from USA

9-stars

Its a really good book. Some parts can be boring but is very fun to read.

from UK

10-stars

This book is amazing. I am in year 5 we are reading this book, I don't agree with the people that don't like this book. I've only read some of the book but so far I think it is fabulous in my point of view so all the people who dislike this is a weirdo and very very very stupid.

from Egypt

9-stars

Pretty nice book but some parts are boring

from UAE

10-stars

I love this book.... it is a mix of emotions. It is emotional, funny and historical fiction. This book is amazing..... you must read this book.

from UK

10-stars

It's amazing.

from England

10-stars

Love this book. It is good for all ages. I like reading his books, they are really effective and are very exciting. They are especially good for reading them in class at primary school or high school. Best book ever!!!

from England

10-stars

I read this book in class and its the best book ever. It's so sad though. PS Spoiler alert for anyone that hasn't read it: Michael gets stung all over by a white jellyfish.

from Pakistan

10-stars

Best book ever for all type of people recommended for school & home or any place else where you are bored just read it and you’ll feel better

from England

10-stars

Love the book it's so awesome that's why I'm rating 10 stars.

from France

10-stars

TRÈS BON LIVRE À LIRE EN CLASSE OU À LA MAISON RECOMMANDÉ POUR TOUS(VERY GOOD BOOK TO READ IN CLASS OR HOME RECOMMENDED FOR ALL)

from England

10-stars

Best book ever!

from England

9-stars

It is very good and you should read it today.

from Scotland

10-stars

Exciting and fun book. I like reading Kensuke's sentences.

from UK

7-stars

I read it in class!

from UK

10-stars

I read it in class. This book is for all ages, everyone should read it.

from America

10-stars

This book is amazing.

from Pakistan

10-stars

I luv it because it is so interesting and adventuristic, I don't know if that's a word...

from England

5-stars

I thinkit is a good v

from England

10-stars

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo is such an amazing book! In the part where Michael gets stung by the jellyfish was such a extraordinary bit in the chapter because the chapter ends there and you want to read on! This is why I rated this book 10 stars, best adventure book in the whole WORLD! 😃

from America

10-stars

Cool book.

from Australia

10-stars

Fantastic book.

from Morpeth

9-stars

One of my favourite books! Brilliant!!!

from Australia

9-stars

One of the best books ever! Brought me to tears at the end. Very emotional book for me. Wonderful book.

from England

10-stars

It's an amazing book, so interesting.

from South Africa

9-stars

It's a really good book.

from Perth WA

10-stars

Never read any book better.

from Ireland

9-stars

One of my favourite books of all time!! Really descriptive btw!

from KZN ESHOWE

10-stars

I love this book so much!!

from England

10-stars

Awesome

from England

10-stars

NEVER READ A BOOK BETTER!!!!!!

from UK

10-stars

AMAZING

from England

9-stars

It's GREAT I love the use of speech

from England

10-stars

I enjoyed reading this book so much. I loved it!

from England

10-stars

I love this book.

from England

10-stars

It is an amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! book.

from UK

10-stars

Sad at the end but worth reading. It was my class novel.

from UK

9-stars

When I read it I loved the adventure and as a class we loved it more than any other book.

from Mk

10-stars

When I read this book in my class I really enjoyed it. It was really interesting and exciting, there were a lot of good pictures and I enjoyed the book. Thank you for writting such a great book.

from Australia

10-stars

Really good book and amazing.

from United Kingdom

10-stars

I love it ,one of the best books I have ever read!!!

from Scotland

10-stars

Loved it. It is really good!

from Canada

8-stars

It was great

from Uzbekistan

8-stars

It is excellent for writing reviews... brilliant book!!!*

from Britain

8-stars

It is an amazing book and my best part is when Michael arrived on the island.

from Bahrain

9-stars

It is a great book but some parts from the book I don't understand :)

from Dubai

10-stars

The amazing book.

from Virgin Islands

10-stars

I read this book in school and it was amazing. I recommend this book to anyone who like happy endings and "Peter Pan".

from Spain

10-stars

I give this book ten stars because It Is very interesting. It Is a very good book.

from Oman

10-stars

It's the best book ever!

from Northern Ireland

7-stars

I think this book is amazing and should be no one in series though like some of these people I have to do a 4 page book review on it!

from United Kingdom

10-stars

A very good book if u want to bring your child in touch with human emotions. My 10yr old daughter and I both cried. It's a fantastic story. Don't miss it.

from Greece

10-stars

Really inspiring.

from UK

10-stars

I love this book and would recommend it to everyone, as it is in my opinion one of the best books out there, and for all those readers out there this book shallot disappoint you,

from England

8-stars

I think this is a really good book and I love when we read it in class. It is a bit sad though.

from Isle of Man

1-stars

It's terrible.

from England

10-stars

I would definitely recommend this book, but I now have to write a two page review on it. BORING!!!!!!

from Bangkok

10-stars

I really liked it because there is suspense and adventure! Love Michael Mopurgo's books! I recommend it to everyone!

from UAE

10-stars

The book is very awesome. I love it. So much high vocabulary. I would recommend to read it.

from Australia

10-stars

I love it so much😄

from India

10-stars

So cool! Interesting. I have read this book in my school library. It is so amazing.

from America

2-stars

I think this book is very predictable and uncreative. I think they made Kensuke’s backstory sad just for the sake of being sad. Also Mike is just an average ordinary kid, nothing interesting about him, and I might as well read a story about paint drying. And I know you probably think this movie is a classic and it is, but only most likely for writing usage, but for me I like a good story to.

from UK

10-stars

I like the book because it is full of adventure. EBI you could make the story even longer.

from United Arab Emirates

10-stars

I have read this book it is awesome and we are reading it again in class I never stopped reading it when I started thanks Micheal Morpurgo :)

from UK

10-stars

I loved the book and I wish i knew whether or not it's true????

from London England

10-stars

This book was fantastic. I would recommnend this book for 10 years and over this book was great.... what do you think.....

from India

10-stars

Good book.

from India

10-stars

Thanks for making this awesome book.

from Italy

9-stars

ITZ A GREAT BOOK WELL DONE MICHAEL MORPURGO! BTW I JUST READ ADOLPHUS TIPS!

from England

10-stars

It was really fun. I really enjoyed this book.

from England

10-stars

Thank you for your comments.

from South Africa

10-stars

I'm still reading the book but I really think it is a great book and I would recommend it.

from Wales

10-stars

It is very good and I would recommend it to every one !!!!!!!!

from Jersey CI UK

9-stars

We read this in class and it was an amazing tale with a very touching end, although I would like to find out more about what happens at the end of the story. It was so sad that some of my classmates cried at the end!😭

from Ireland

10-stars

I am ten years old and I read this book in a day. It is sincerely beautiful and I would highly recommend it!

from Finland

10-stars

Simply Amazing...

from Colombia

9-stars

I loved this book, it's so cool and in some parts funny... the only thing is that in my book there were some words that I couldn't understand! BUT THE OTHER PART OF THE BOOK WAS REALLY GOOD

from UK

10-stars

I am reading it now in class it is really good thank you to my teacher Mrs Debbie Batch for getting me into it

from France

10-stars

Je suis allee content.

from UK

10-stars

I found this book really interesting and would recommend it 100%.

from Scotland

10-stars

It was amazing!!!

from UK

8-stars

Good book but a little hard to understand so I would recommend for readers 11+

from UK

10-stars

I listened to it in school and I really enjoyed it. Now my homework today is to write a book review in my book!

from UK

10-stars

Wow just ... This is so so brilliant!

from USA

8-stars

8 out of 8 cuz its gr8 m8

from UK

10-stars

I read this book in school and as homework. I had to make a review and this is the best example to help me and many other children.

from Dubia

10-stars

Breathtakingly beautiful. A book that must be on your Christmas wish list.

from UK

10-stars

I got this book in a library and it is so good and my rating is 10.

from UK

10-stars

I first read Kensuke's Kingdom in year 6 when we were writing our own fantasy stories. I was so intrigued in the book I could not wait until we had English so we could read the next chapter. I am now in year 7 and have read the book twice already. The first Michael Morpurgo book I read was Friend or Foe, I read it in year 4 and even though I was only nine I enjoyed it very much. I think Michael Morpurgo is an amazing author who writes amazing books.

from Walsall

9-stars

Fantastic. Interesting and fun book. Nearly my best book ever.

from England

1-stars

Badly written, boring. Do not recommend.

from Kyiv

10-stars

It is awesome. I like it very good hook and very interesting intrege scary.

from London

10-stars

Really good book, made me into tears 100% recommend reading it! Literally, it's so amazing.

from England

10-stars

A really good book.

from England

9-stars

It's an amazing book written by an inspiring writer.

from US

10-stars

I purchased this book for my 13 year old grandson and decided to read it first. What a fantastic read!!! So far this summer, this has been my favorite book. I gave it to my grandson and can't wait to hear his opinion and to discuss this great book together!

from Perth

10-stars

Amazing book, great job Michael.

from Canada

10-stars

This is a very great book! I loved it so much! a MUST READ!

from England

10-stars

It's breathtaking!

from England

10-stars

It is just so cool.

from Australia

8-stars

It's a great book guys.

from Texas

9-stars

This is a good book ya´ll have to read it. As a writer-in-practice I thought of this book as really inspiring. I practically LOVE Kensuke's style of life and how he is calm and mature with his problem. This is very good for lessons and Michael is the most realistic writer ever.

from London

6-stars

It's a confusing book I don't recommend for young people.

from england

10-stars

This is the best book in the world I love it .

from France

10-stars

Bonjour! Bravo Michael Morpurgo. Le livre est magnificent....

from Canada

9-stars

It's awesome!! But not when you have homework on it....

from UK

10-stars

I love this book, it's really touching and inspirational. Kensuke's Kingdom is based around the time of the 1980's. I would recommend anyone who likes suspense books to read this. If you enjoyed this book then I recommend you reading The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett. The same again, it's a really touching inspirational book, based on a garden that has many wonders.

from Reading

9-stars

I love this book so much. It's a brilliant book which has a great plot and really makes you think. It is full of excitement and suspense.

from Pakistan

10-stars

Awesome book, must read y'all :):)

from UK

8-stars

It's full of action and problems which makes any book interesting.

from UK

9-stars

It was really good and nearly every one likes it.

from Ireland

10-stars

Kensuke's Kingdom is a brilliant book. It is the best book I have ever read. I really enjoy reading Micheal Morpurgo's books; he has such tasteful stories and they all seem so real, it's like they really happened.

from UK

10-stars

I love this book :) It is amazing, I had to write a review for my homework. It's the best lol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):) :) :) :(

from UK

10-stars

I love this book I think it should be the No.1 for Michael Morpurgo's books. It is about a boy called Michael who 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.(Lovely review Carter - Lee @ Fantasy Book Review)

from Jordan

6-stars

Amazing build up of the plot but very easy and poor language for smart students.

from London

3-stars

Bad book... childish.

from Uganda

8-stars

I love the book but is it true?

from England

8-stars

Amazing but I'm curious whether it's it real?

from UK

8-stars

Not bad.

from England

9-stars

I loved this book it personally isn't my best favourite book but it surely is in the list of my "recommended books". This book taught me survival skills and I couldn't put this book down. In my opinion I wanted to read more since I think it ended unexpectedly. It really was fantastic and realistic, it could of happened. This book was filled with thrills and excitement and suspense...

from UK

10-stars

I love reading this book. It is just amazing, Kensuke's Kingdom.

from Netherlands

8-stars

I red this book for my book report for school. I love this book, the way I could not stop reading it because I wanted to now what would happen next! I really can remommend this book!

from Pakistan

10-stars

This book is very good and it is the best as it is written by its author.

from UK

10-stars

GREAT book, read it twice and I sill want to read it again. It's a real page-turner.

from Burnley

10-stars

I wish I could give it 11/10 cos it's the best book in the world :-)

from India

9-stars

This is an awesome book. It is a must read for children. You even learn a lot of things from this book.

from Pakistan

9-stars

Kensuke's Kingdom was an amazing book filled with adventure and also had small small parts which were sad. I loved it!

from Pakistan

9-stars

It was an amazing book filled with adventure and also had small small parts which were sad. I l

from Slough

10-stars

Really good book, a real page turner.

from England

7-stars

I would give it a 7/10. I could not say it was the best book I ever read but from my side the book was a good book. I liked the end, it was very nice as well as emotional and I'm definetely not going to spoil it. This is a book that I would say is for the 9-12 age group who would understand it. I have to write a review of this for homework BORING. I would rather just read the book (Onder Tekin)

from UK

10-stars

Epic book but I've got homework on it and it's hard. 

from Southall, England

10-stars

I found it great plus it was a Brobdingnagian book meaning big.

from UK

10-stars

I absolutely love this book! I couldn't put it down when I started it. I disagree about it taking a while to get into, I thought it was exciting from the very start. I'd like to know if it's true or not, as at the end of the book it refers to a letter from supposedly Kensuke's son. READ THIS BOOK!!!I absolutely love this book! I couldn't put it down when I started it. I disagree about it taking a while to get into, I thought it was exiting from the very start. I'd like to know if its true or not, as at the end of the book it refers to a letter from supposedly Kensukes son. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

from Birmingham

9-stars

It was a mind blowing adventurous amazing story which kept on leaving mysteries and suspense which I merely enjoy and I hope you, yes you, the one with a cup of tea ;p I hope you guys understand the true meaning of this wonderful book! Kensukes Kingdom, let's give a round of applause (clap! clap!).

from Heredia, Costa Rica

9-stars

It was amazing! It had a lot of excitement and was very nice.

from England

10-stars

I like this book because it had a good story to it.

from UK

10-stars

The book is really good but what I want to know is if the book based on a true story? Was Kensuke real because at the end of the story it has a reverance from Kensuke's son and how he thought his father was dead.

10-stars

i think this was verry good and at school our topic is storms and shipwrecks we are reading it at school i give this a 10

from St. Croix

9-stars

I love love love this book!

from Phillipines

10-stars

Kensuke's Kingdom was really awesome.

from England

9-stars

Haven't finished yet but so far it is a cool book.

from Brighton, England

10-stars

I found it really interesting, in some bits I liked it because there were lots of cliff-hangers.

from UK

10-stars

Loved it!

from UK

1-stars

I think the book is BORING because it was to slow to read it never got going.

10-stars

this book is amazing Iread it like a thousand times now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

from England

8-stars

It's an awesome book.

from Engll

10-stars

I liked this book I've read it about 5 times! But why is Michael a good character

from UK

10-stars

It's so cool. I have it, how cool is that?

from Ellesmere Port

10-stars

Wow, amazing and brilliant. Cool.

from England

10-stars

We read it at school and this book was AMAZING! It wasn't as interesting at the start but most of the class got into it nearing the end. The book is really sad and it made me think a lot. I would really recommend it, but I would love to know the story behind it. :D

from UK

10-stars

This book is amazing I read it last year and really enjoyed it . Then yesterday this girl in my class was talking about it and when I got home I was looking for it but couldn't find it ! So I went on my iPad and downloaded iBooks and but in Kensuke's Kingdom ......... But it came up with every other book but kensukes kingdom :( I am very sad wanted to read it again, great book.

from Nantwich

9-stars

Michael is an 11 year old living in England with his mum dad and dog, when his dads work shuts down that had no choice but to move, his dad buys boat called the Peggy Sue. In a storm one night Michel and Stella (the dog) are washed off the boat in the cold, dark sea of the night. When he wakes up he finds that he's washed up on a deserted island. He spends the day exploring and looking for food and water, he curls up in a cave that night waiting to die but the next day finds food and water waiting for him. He then realises that hes not alone. Over the next few weeks he learns about Kensuke the owner and only other human of the island, Kensuke tells the sad tale of how he was stranded on the island during the war and believes his wife and daughter to be dead. So begins a wonderful, heart-wrenching tale of friendship. This book will grip you from start to finish, and let you understand the true meaning of trust and friendship. Mopurgo captures the essence of human emotion which is deftly interwoven through every page. I found that although the language used is simple (the target audience being children) the read still manages to lock the reader to the book regardless of age. I would strongly recommend this powerful and epic tale to anyone who wants to experience a book full of adventure and curiosity.

from Somerset

10-stars

Brill.

from UK

10-stars

Wow! I just finished reading this book and I'm crying! So sad ending- but oh, so lovely friendship they built up... Great book! Well done, Michael! Also, that letter at the end made me think and stop- was it true or not? It wasn't, but I felt it was- fab!

from England

1-stars

Boring. DON'T EVER READ THIS BOOK!!!

from Canvey Island

10-stars

I read it at school and I love it so much. Is it real? Did you get lost on a island? Please tell me!

from Westhill Gardens

10-stars

I was an amazing book and I would read it over and over again. So well done to you Michael.

from Wokingham

9-stars

I think this is an amazing book, the way he writes it makes you feel like you are in the story. Must read this book!!!!!!!

from Stowmarket

9-stars

I love the story but I'm only half way through so far but it's really good. I don't know what happens at the end but I bet it's really good.

from Preston, United Kingdom

9-stars

Umm, I think this book is brilliant, the language is great and it makes it sound like Michael is mature :) My opinion is that it's good

from London

10-stars

Kensuke's Kingdom is an amazing book and I think it is an adventures book and should be read by pupils from the age 9 and up.

from Leeds

7-stars

It is a good book but even though it is hard to put down it is a hard book to get into.

from Luton

10-stars

I love this book!

10-stars

Its a great book I think it should be bought by different people from ages 10 and up.

from New York, USA

1-stars

Kensuke's kingdom was a kid friendly book but also a bit boring at times. pointless book, waste of time reading it! DONT EVER READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10-stars

Amazing! Brill, it is the best book that has ever been written!!! :)

from UK

9-stars

I liked this book, it was very good and Michael Murpurgo is a great author.

from Sweden

9-stars

Our class is reading this book and it's pretty good so far!

from Europe

10-stars

Although the class are still on Chapter Four (Page 45), the book is far from boring! This is one of the greatest book's I have ever read! This Michael Morpurgo classic is highly recommended for children 10+. Absolutely marvellous!

from Handsacre, Staffs

10-stars

Our class read the book over the period of a few weeks, it blew us away!!! Very emotional and I am not surprised by it's excellent reviews and awards.

from Houston, Texas

10-stars

This book is so touching and factinating. It is the best book I have ever read because it has cliff-hangers that hook you.

from London

10-stars

I love the book. My teacher read the last part and I was crying!!! I am even getting the book even though I have read it!!!! I am excited to get the book!!

from london

10-stars

i do agree with you its a breathtaking story

from Ireland

9-stars

I thought it was a breathtaking novel. Full of excitement and adventures. I bought this book thinking nothing of it but when I read it- I had a completely different aspect of it! I would recommend it to anyone! From about 9 years old and up. My Mum and my younger brother enjoyed it just as I did. Another great book from Michael Morpurgo.

from Channel Islands

9-stars

I do agree it takes a while to get into but I think its one of the best books I've ever read

from Middlesbrough

10-stars

Upon reading Kensuke's Kingdom I found that although the language used is simple (the target audience primarily being children); the fast-paced read still manages to encapsulate the reader regardless of age. Throughout the novel, the reader is confronted with the strong sense of family that the novel, in its entirety, explores. At the start of the novel, we find that the main character Michael has a great life with his parents and the lovable family dog, Stella Artois. And the opening clearly and avidly describes the amazing sensation the family experiences when "on the water...we'd go skimming over the waves, exhilarating in the speed of it, in the sheer joy of it". In particular, use of the 1st person singular object deems to reinforce this ecstasy of emotion. However, this amazing picture is thrust into disarray as both parents are suddenly made redundant. All the fun Michael's family had now seems like a dream that never happened. Upon this realisation, Michael's father decides they should go around the world... in a yacht. As the reader we see the amazing sights and experiences from Michael's perspective as they travel around the world from England all the way to Australia. But one day, Michael is sent overboard by a tumultuous wave and he fears he will never survive; "The terrors came fast, one upon another. The lights of the Peggy Sue went away into the dark of the night, leaving me alone in the ocean, alone with the certainty that they were already too far away, that my cries for help could not possibly be heard. I thought then of the sharks cruising the black water beneath me - scenting me, already searching me out, homing in on me - and I knew there could be no hope. I would be eaten alive. Either that or I would drown slowly. Nothing could save me". Michael finds himself stranded on a desert island, and with no food or water believes it is the end. But as he wakes up every morning, there appears fresh food and water for him which he finds was set out by an elderly Japanese man, Kensuke. Despite hostility towards Michael, Kensuke saves him from the close clutches death by a swarm of jellyfish. For days and weeks, Kensuke slowly and tenderly nurses Michael back to health; often singing softly in Japanese to lull Michael to sleep. Thus begins a deeply moving bond between the characters. Michael fishes, paints, and plays football with Kensuke. We as the reader find the sad tale of how Kensuke was stranded on the island during the war and believes his wife and daughter to be dead. So begins a wonderful, heart-wrenching and poignant tale of friendship and of course, family. Michael eventually leaves the island leaves Kensuke and his kingdom, forever. I would strongly recommend this powerful and epic tale of to all to experience. It is a book that will grip you from start to finish, and enlighten you of the true meaning of trust and friendship. By far, Mopurgo captures the essence of human emotion which is deftly interwoven through every page.

from England

4-stars

This book was OK I guess, but I wouldn't recommend it as a thriller or an un-put-downable book. It takes ages to get into and allthough it is sad it isn't really amazing!

from UK

8-stars

We have just finished reading this book in class. At first I thought it a little boring, but after a while I started savouring every minute we spent reading it - it was funny at times, suspending at times, and had amazing vocabulary. The ending left me devestated but I absolutely loved it. The first 80 pages are a bit boring but then you start to get into it! I loved.

from UK

10-stars

A very good, atmspheric book which I enjoyed reading and could hardly put down!! I wonder what happened to Kensuke though...

from England

9-stars

It was good, I really enjoyed reading it.

from England

10-stars

I like this book because you don't expect what will hapen next!

from London

10-stars

I love this book because the boy has a choice, but a very hard one because he has to chose between his loving family and his special friend.

from Netherlands

10-stars

This is amazing!!! Breathtaking adventures, amazing, and I especially love that cute sheep-dog, Stella. I vote 10 out of 10 and this is the best book I have read (I've read about 100-150 books and this is the best. I hope they read this book in our class soon (we are currently reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl).

from Rugby

10-stars

It is a great book of adventure. I truly recommend it.

from Scotland

10-stars

I love this book because it is adventerous and tells you what it feels like to stay on an island for so long.

from England

10-stars

I think this is my favourite book. It's so tempting to see what happens next.

from Birmingham

10-stars

Upon reading Kensuke’s Kingdom I found that although the language used is simple, (The target audience primarily being children); the fast-paced read still manages to encapsulate the reader regardless of age. Throughout the novel, the reader is confronted with the strong sense of family that the novel, in it’s entirety, explores. At the start of the novel, we find that the main character Michael has a great life with his parents and the lovable family dog, Stella Artois. And the opening clearly and avidly describes the amazing sensation the family experiences when “on the water” “...we’d go skimming over the waves, exhilarating in the speed of it, in the sheer joy of it.” In particular, use of the 1st person singular object deems to reinforce this ecstasy of emotion. However, this amazing picture it thrust into disarray as both parents are suddenly made redundant. All the fun Michael’s family had now seems like a dream that never happened. Upon this realisation, Michael’s father decides they should go around the world... in a yacht. As the reader we see the amazing sites and experiences in Michael’s perspective as they travel around the world from England all the way to Australia. But one day, Michael is sent overboard by a tumultuous wave and he fears he will never survive; “The terrors came fast, one upon another. The lights of the Peggy Sue (the boat) went away into the dark of the night, leaving me alone in the ocean, alone with the certainty that they were already too far away, that my cries for help could not possibly be heard. I thought then of the sharks cruising the black water beneath me - scenting me, already searching me out, homing in on me - and I knew there could be no hope. I would be eaten alive. Either that or I would drown slowly. Nothing could save me.” Michael finds himself stranded on a desert island, and with no food or water believes it is the end. But as he wakes up every morning, there appears fresh food and water for him which he finds was set out by an elderly Japanese man, Kensuke. Despite hostility towards Michael, Kensuke saves him from the close clutches death by a swarm of Jellyfish. For days and weeks, Kensuke slowly and tenderly nurses Michael back to health; often singing softly in Japanese to lull Michael asleep. Thus begins a deeply moving bond between the characters. Michael fishes, paints, and plays football with Kensuke. We as the reader find the sad tale of how Kensuke was stranded on the island during the war and believed his wife and daughter to be dead. So begins a wonderful, heart-wrenching and poignant tale of friendship and of course, family. Michael eventually leaves the island leaving Kensuke and his Kingdom, forever. I would strongly recommend this powerful and epic tale of to all to experience. It is a book that will grip you from start to finish, and enlighten you of the true meaning of trust and friendship. By far, Mopurgo captures the essence of human emotion which is deftly interwoven through every page.

from 26 Jesmond Gardens, Hartlepool

10-stars

This is a fantastic story that the year 5 children read as part of our lessons. Two children took the role of Kensuke and Michael in our hot seat. They were excellent at questions asked and could answer with confidence about how their feelings changed for each other. The children would really like to know if this brilliant book is based on a true story.

from Cardiff

9-stars

This book is fantastic and so is are all of the other books Michael Mopurgo writes. I like Kensuke's Kingdom but I like one of his other books better than this, so that is why it is a 9 from me.

from Seychelles

10-stars

It's a book that is full of mysteries which is why I like it. Our whole class is reading it and to me it's a great story.

from 29 The Crescent

10-stars

I think it was amazing, you would not be disappointed. READ IT!!!!!!!!

from UK

9-stars

We read this particular book in class. I loved it. It is so catchy and it draws you into the book. I don't think it's true, but that makes it better.

from Chesterfield School, London

9-stars

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! THIS BOOK IS HIGHLY RECOMMENED TO U. 3 WORDS: DEVASTATING!!! BREATHTAKING!!! ") ") ") RECOMMENED!!!

from London

8-stars

This book was given to my reading group. At first, when I started to read it, it was boring. But when I started to read a bit more each day I started to enjoy it. It was heartbreaking and breathtaking. The use of vocabulary made me feel I was in the story, in the scene standing next to Kensuke, listening to every word he said (even though it says he dosen't talk much). Me and my friends used to write down the interesting vocabulary Michael used in the book. I recommend this to all the children in the world ")")")

from Qatar

10-stars

Very nice book, touching and breathtaking... adventurous, sad and fantastic! Keep it up Michael!

from London

10-stars

It was a heartbreaking yet breathtaking story. It is full of adventure and mystery . I loved the book this is my first Michael Morpurgo book and I think he is a genius. I felt like I was witnessing the events as I was reading it. Even though I rate the book ten stars I wish I could rate it 30 stars!

from London

10-stars

It is a fantastic story full of adventures and brilliance. When I was reading I could imagine the picture in my head, it was like I was in the story. I was really happy when the family was back together again, when I read the book I wanted to read on. It was sad when mum and dad lost their jobs but then they decided to sail around the world and many thing good things happened on the boat and many bad things happened but they all survived no matter what happened.

from London

8-stars

It is a very funnily heartbreaking book which is packed with fascinating situations and solutions. This book is a book that most readers would love to read. The life of Kensuke was a quite an adventurous life. All the problems were quite predictable (not all of it so don't worry about it) but come-on, who wouldnt think the main character of a story wouldnt be rescued if they were stuck on an island. But overall it was probably the third best book Ive ever read so far (you might want to make some more new books).

from Enfield, United Kingdom

10-stars

This book is awseome. I loved it from start to end. It was an amazing adventure story which had its ups and downs. It had vocabulary which made my heart skip a beat! I wanted Kensuke to come with Michael but unfortunately he did not as he wanted to stay in the kingdom. I also loved the part when the letter came at the end of the book which leaves it as a cliffhanger. I wanted this book to never end because I loved it so much! I want Michael Morpurgo to write more books like this! While I was reading the part when Micheal fell off the Peggy Sue my eyes went wide open and I struggled to keep them down!

from Southmapton

10-stars

I like his book, it's the best ever.

from Wales

10-stars

I like Michael Morpurgo books because his book's are so good.

from Northampton

10-stars

WOW I think Michael Morpurgo is a sensational writer and I think I would definitely give this book 10/10. I think it had all the points a good story needed. A bit of tension and suspense, along with a bit of sadness but a happy ending. I dont in any way think this book should have been improved. I think this book was moving because it was sad when Michael had to leave Kensuke, since they had become very good friends. It was also happy because Michael got to see his parents again. In addition it was funny because Kensukes English was so bad! I would recommend this book to anyone who just loves good reads because the language is a bit complicated but you can still understand what the author is trying to say.

from Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

10-stars

Michael Morpurgo is a fantastic author and I hope that he writes more books like Kensuke's Kingdom. I really believed that it was a true story. Hats off to Mr. Michael!!

from Berkshire

10-stars

Michael Morpurgo, is a brilliant author, but sometimes a bit sad! Apart from that the amazing adventure of Kensuke and Michael in Kensukes Kingdom is a fabulous book about how Kensuke and Michael make there life work together on Kensukes very own island!

10-stars

It is exciting and funny and I loved it.

from Salsiah

9-stars

I love this book! at first it was boring but I was very interested by the end. So sad.

from Pontarddulais

10-stars

I think that Kensuke's Kingdom is good and cool!

from Mallorca

10-stars

I love all of Micheal Morpurgo's books even though they are so sad but I really liked Kensuke's Kingdom.

from Buckinghamshire

10-stars

I loved this book and I think all the people that say its boring need to have a re-think. Also I'd like to say a big big thank you to Michael Morpergo, he is absolutely brilliant. 10/ 10 definitely. I loved every single bit of the story, it was truly amazing, everyone should read the book. My favioroute part was all of it. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MICHAEL. I was thinking it was a true story as well. A+M+A+Z+I+N+G

from England

10-stars

I love love love it! Amazing, is it true though?

from America

10-stars

Excellent book!!!

from Africa

10-stars

It was an excellent book with good vocabulary. Thank you to Mr Burgess for getting me to read and enjoy it! 6RB

from Chester

10-stars

Love, love, love the book. Michael, YOU GENIUS, I love all of your books but this is A+M+A+Z+I+N+G!

from Peterborough

10-stars

This book is so amazing and I am learning about it at school. So cool!

from Leeds

10-stars

The book is really good. It is a 10 out of 10 because everyone will like it.

from England

9-stars

I thought it was great and it hooked me in. I would recommend it to any child but it is a bit sad but i still loved it.

from Bradford

8-stars

I really liked Kensukes Kingdom because it kept you in suspense, especially the gibbons shooting part (that was my favourite!)

from Bradford

4-stars

I found the book rather boring because the structure of it was not understandable and stopped me from understanding the principle of the book.

from Bradford

8-stars

I think it was a really good book. My favourite character was Stella because she was always confused and didn't know what was going on. I liked the book because Kensuke really changed his attitude towards Michael. My favourite part was when Michael got hurt and Kensuke was caring and kind to him.

from Bradford

9-stars

It was a very good. It had suspense at the end of every chapter which was a perfect example of a perfect author!!

from Bradford

8-stars

I really liked the book and I would like to read more books like this one! ;)

from Bradford

10-stars

I think this book is fantastic. It is a great adventure and is the best book I've ever read so far.

from Swain House Primary School

9-stars

It was a very good and exciting book. In every chapter it would leave you in suspense. The best book I've ever read.

from Bradford

10-stars

It was a fantastic book (you know just like the colour of magic book).

from AUSTRALIA

9-stars

I usually like reading Geronimo Stilton books but now I am going to read books written by Michael Morpurgo because I really liked Kensuke's Kingdom.

from Surrey

9-stars

I really like this book so I am recommending it to everyone. My cousin hasn't read it so I am buying it her for her birthday which is soon - so happy birthday cuz!

from London

10-stars

It is the best book I have ever read!!!!

from Smith

8-stars

It was quite a good book although some of it was a bit unbelievable. Apart from that it's quite a good book, my favourite character is Stella Arois because she sounds cute.

from Poynton

10-stars

It is a great book and I think that you could not get bored of it.

from Vancouver BC

10-stars

I'm a 39 year old woman who is very picky when it comes to books and for me to love this book, obviously it has to be amazing. Michael Murpurgo, you are a genuis. What a fanastic book you have written.

from UK

10-stars

I loved the book. My fave part was when Kensuke talked about his life.

from America

10-stars

I loved the book, expecially when he met Kensuke.

from England

10-stars

I loved it! It was one of the most touching books I've ever read, especially at the end when Michael left Kensuke. I suggest to everyone who hasn't read it to do so!

from Northern Ireland, Londonderry

10-stars

I love the book! 10 stars! Full of trills and very exciting. My teacher loves Michael's books! We are doing a lot of work on his books.

from Chester

10-stars

I thought it was a very intresting book.

10-stars

It is a fantastic book. It is the best book I've ever read.

from UK

10-stars

I love reading Kensuke's Kingdom and I was wondering if it was a true story?

from West London

9-stars

I love all the books Micheal Morpurgo wrote. The book that he wrote that I loved the best was Kensuke's Kingdom. It is full of adventure, amazement and thrills.I really don't know what else to say about this fantastic book!

9.3/10 from 247 reviews

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