Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
Review by Floresiensis
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.
Kulsuma Begum from Birmingham
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!).
Matias from Heredia, Costa Rica
It was amazing! It had a lot of excitement and was very nice.
Josh from England
I like this book because it had a good story to it.
Adam from UK
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.
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
Rosa from St. Croix
I love love love this book!
Leah from Phillipines
Kensuke's Kingdom was really awesome.
Chloe from England
Haven't finished yet but so far it is a cool book.
Jasmine from Brighton, England
I found it really interesting, in some bits I liked it because there were lots of cliff-hangers.
Helen from UK
Charlie from UK
I think the book is BORING because it was to slow to read it never got going.
this book is amazing Iread it like a thousand times now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pete from England
It's an awesome book.
Sharnileigh from Engll
I liked this book I've read it about 5 times! But why is Michael a good character
Bob from UK
It's so cool. I have it, how cool is that?
Molly from Ellesmere Port
Wow, amazing and brilliant. Cool.
Helena from England
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
Kate from UK
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.
Rachel from Nantwich
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 he’s 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.
Niamh from Somerset
Roksana from UK
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!
Daniel from England
Boring. DON'T EVER READ THIS BOOK!!!
Hollie from Canvey Island
I read it at school and I love it so much. Is it real? Did you get lost on a island? Please tell me!
Michelle Conabeer from Westhill Gardens
I was an amazing book and I would read it over and over again. So well done to you Michael.
Tabby from Wokingham
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!!!!!!!
Lillie from Stowmarket
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.
Shafah Ahmed from Preston, United Kingdom
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 <3
Krisi from London
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.
Oliver from Leeds
It is a good book but even though it is hard to put down it is a hard book to get into.
Emily from Luton
I love this book!
Its a great book I think it should be bought by different people from ages 10 and up.
Lillian from New York, USA
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amazing! Brill, it is the best book that has ever been written!!! :)
Aston from UK
I liked this book, it was very good and Michael Murpurgo is a great author.
Sam from Sweden
Our class is reading this book and it's pretty good so far!
Samuel from Europe
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!
Jason from Handsacre, Staffs
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.
Angela from Houston, Texas
This book is so touching and factinating. It is the best book I have ever read because it has cliff-hangers that hook you.
Emma from London
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!!
dani from london
i do agree with you its a breathtaking story
Gwyneth from Ireland
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.
Alecia from Channel Islands
I do agree it takes a while to get into but I think its one of the best books I've ever read
Gabriel from Middlesbrough
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.
Sally from England
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!
Niamh from UK
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.
Jess from UK
A very good, atmspheric book which I enjoyed reading and could hardly put down!! I wonder what happened to Kensuke though...
Kelan from England
It was good, I really enjoyed reading it.
Kobi from England
I like this book because you don't expect what will hapen next!
Ladi from London
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.
Barish from Netherlands
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).
Ruth from Rugby
It is a great book of adventure. I truly recommend it.
Alisha from Scotland
I love this book because it is adventerous and tells you what it feels like to stay on an island for so long.
Gianni from England
I think this is my favourite book. It's so tempting to see what happens next.
Judah Chandra from Birmingham
Upon reading Kensukeâ€™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 itâ€™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 â€śon the waterâ€ť â€ś...weâ€™d go skimming over the waves, exhilarating in the speed of it, in the sheer joy of it.â€ť 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 Michaelâ€™s family had now seems like a dream that never happened. Upon this realisation, Michaelâ€™s father decides they should go around the world... in a yacht. As the reader we see the amazing sites and experiences in Michaelâ€™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; â€śThe 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.â€ť 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.
Mrs Cass from 26 Jesmond Gardens, Hartlepool
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.
Hanna from Cardiff
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.
VIiraji from Seychelles
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.
Alisha from 29 The Crescent
I think it was amazing, you would not be disappointed. READ IT!!!!!!!!
Big Fan from UK
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.
Soria from Chesterfield School, London
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! THIS BOOK IS HIGHLY RECOMMENED TO U. 3 WORDS: DEVASTATING!!! BREATHTAKING!!! ") ") ") RECOMMENED!!!
Soria from London
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 ")")")
Abdullah from Qatar
Very nice book, touching and breathtaking... adventurous, sad and fantastic! Keep it up Michael!
Sharnali from London
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!
Tugce from London
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.
Stephens from London
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 wouldn’t think the main character of a story wouldn’t be rescued if they were stuck on an island. But overall it was probably the third best book I’ve ever read so far (you might want to make some more new books).
Dogukan from Enfield, United Kingdom
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!
Kevin from Southmapton
I like his book, it's the best ever.
Michael from Wales
I like Michael Morpurgo books because his book's are so good.
Mikey from Northampton
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 don’t 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 Kensuke’s 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.
Govind from Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
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!!
Meercat aged 8 from Berkshire
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!
It is exciting and funny and I loved it.
Shafira from Salsiah
I love this book! at first it was boring but I was very interested by the end. So sad.
Michael from Pontarddulais
I think that Kensuke's Kingdom is good and cool!
Charlie from Mallorca
I love all of Micheal Morpurgo's books even though they are so sad but I really liked Kensuke's Kingdom.
Charlotte from Buckinghamshire
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
Keira from England
I love love love it! Amazing, is it true though?
Gabriella from America
Halima from Africa
It was an excellent book with good vocabulary. Thank you to Mr Burgess for getting me to read and enjoy it! 6RB
Hannah from Chester
Love, love, love the book. Michael, YOU GENIUS, I love all of your books but this is A+M+A+Z+I+N+G!
Katie from Peterborough
This book is so amazing and I am learning about it at school. So cool!
Olivia from Leeds
The book is really good. It is a 10 out of 10 because everyone will like it.
Amy from England
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.
Georgette Campbell from Bradford
I really liked Kensukes Kingdom because it kept you in suspense, especially the gibbons shooting part (that was my favourite!)
Andrew Fearnley from Bradford
I found the book rather boring because the structure of it was not understandable and stopped me from understanding the principle of the book.
Elleina Morgan Swainhouse from Bradford
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.
Hollie from Bradford
It was a very good. It had suspense at the end of every chapter which was a perfect example of a perfect author!!
Paige-Amy from Bradford
I really liked the book and I would like to read more books like this one! ;)
Maggie from Bradford
I think this book is fantastic. It is a great adventure and is the best book I've ever read so far.
Jovana Lugonja from Swain House Primary School
It was a very good and exciting book. In every chapter it would leave you in suspense. The best book I've ever read.
Adam and Rhys from Bradford
It was a fantastic book (you know just like the colour of magic book).
NANCY PATEL from AUSTRALIA
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.
Aara from Surrey
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!
Bob from London
It is the best book I have ever read!!!!
Sophie from Smith
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.
Rebecca from Poynton
It is a great book and I think that you could not get bored of it.
Rina from Vancouver BC
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.
Anna from UK
I loved the book. My fave part was when Kensuke talked about his life.
Sue from America
I loved the book, expecially when he met Kensuke.
Molly from England
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!
Catherine from Northern Ireland, Londonderry
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.
Rachel Jones from Chester
I thought it was a very intresting book.
It is a fantastic book. It is the best book I've ever read.
Young reader from UK
I love reading Kensuke's Kingdom and I was wondering if it was a true story?
Heerthana from West London
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!
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