King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgo
When Japan invades China, Ashley and Uncle Sung are forced to flee. It is a perilous journey across the Himalayas, and they struggle to survive. Then Ashley is captured. Who are these strange creatures that revere him as their king?
King of the Cloud Forests is a beautifully told story featuring unforgettable characters. Humour and strong characterisation blend with a sparkling narrative to create a moving, yet often humorous fairy-tale.
The works of Michael Morpurgo always have a feeling of effortlessness; within his deceptively simple tales are some of the most touching and inspirational works of children’s literature. The characters are alive and realistic; characters that you join on their journey and who remain with you long after the last page has been turned.
King of the Cloud Forests is the story of Ashley Anderson, the son of a missionary working in China. When the Japanese invade his adopted country he must flee with his Uncle Sung across the Himalayas into India. What happens to Ashley in the Himalayas and whom he meets there is what makes this book so special – unfortunately it is impossible to expand on these events without spoiling the book for those who have not read it, so you must get it and read it as soon as possible to find out...
“An hour or so after we left the mission – it was still not quite morning – Uncle Sung turned off the road into the trees and dismounted. He drew out of his saddlebag a pair of felt boots and a bulky quilted coat with deep pockets just like the one he always wore. ‘I made it myself,’ he said with some pride, holding it up against me. The coat was far too big for me and I told him so. ‘Time will take care of that,’ he said. ‘This will be a long, long journey. By the end of it you may well find these clothes too small, but then by the time we reach India you will have no need for them any more.’”
King of the Cloud Forests: Chapter 3
There are strong themes within this book’s pages; child soldiers, death, religion and racism are all dealt with expertly – the reader is not given the author’s opinion on these matters, they are given the facts and left to make up their own minds. The story also highlights the resilience and adaptability of youth.
Books can play a large part in the development of young adults and the topics covered between the covers of King of the Cloud Forests will leave the younger reader a far more thoughtful and mature person. It may also leave them finding their school life and surroundings rather dull and constrictive when compared to a life amongst the cloud forests of the Himalayas.
King of the Cloud Forests is a beautiful and magical tale of love, loss, friendship and understanding. Michael Morpurgo really IS a master storyteller.
This King of the Cloud Forests book review was written by Floresiensis
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Ronan from Britain
It was alright, it had some lovely moments in it, but it kept throwing red herrings at us and focusing on different plots. A good book from Morpurgo, but not by far his best... I must say War Horse or Private Peaceful are probably my favorites, and I'd reccommend those two to you lots.
Julia from London
I have read a chapter of "Why the whales came" which I think was better, but this was AWESOME.
Adam from UK
Cool book but not Michael's best.
Lucy from England
It was amazing!!
Dani from London
Wonderful. I enjoyed it - anyone who dislikes it you're a hater I love it!!!***!!$$
Olivka from England
I read a bit, it drew me in to it, I felt like I was in the story but I can't wait to get to the end lol!!!!
Amariah from UK
I love this book, it is AMAZING!!!
Roos from The Netherlands
This book is beautiful! You must read it!
Aimee from UK
It is a really good book and I recommend it to other micheal mopurgo readers this book is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol:):):):):):)
Sean from Ireland
Terrible book, really boring.
Conor from Ireland
It was good.
Bob from Usa
Connor from Wales
I didn't like this book one bit, except for the Yetis.
peter from england
it was amazing it drew me in , i love this book :)
Reece from UK
I really enjoyed this book, the ending is the best bit, when the old man finds out he is not the only one who has seen the Yeti's.
Kiera from Aviemore
Alexey from Belarus
One of the best English books I've read. Brilliant author and story.
Sara from England
I think it is amazing. I especially like the part were Ashley went in the house to see a yeti.
Charlotte from England
This book has so many twists, turns and exciting moments that it leaves you lost for words and wanting more. It is enjoyable and exciting. Hope you decide to read it!!!
Stella from Crewkerne
I really enjoyed this book, I thought that it was interesting. I am still reading it for my school reading book it's getting better and better!
Kayleigh from Ellesmere Port
I would recommend this book to anyone from aged 10 - 12 as i am 11 and I love the book.
Taylor from New Zealand
I am only 11 and it was a very emotional story. I know everyone will enjoy it!
Ludmila from Switzerland
This book, as are many of Michael Morpugo books, is fantastic. We are reading it as a class in school and it seems very interesting, although we heaven't finished it yet, I think it's awesome.
Zaeem from Bolton, England
I loved this book however it is bloody hard to do the review.
Nasteho from England
i love this book and i'm only 10 years old ,we read it at school and everyone enjoyed it especially me , everyone wanted to take it home and read it but we couldn't because it was our school class reader. Everyone cant wait to read warhorse at school because it sounds amazing when my cousin to me about it
Erin from Newcastle
My little brother got this book off his teacher just before the summer holiday and I just had to steal it off him!! ;-) Best book ever! I love the plot and I'm only 12 but I would recommend it to others readers also 6+ xx
Isabel from England
I have started reading it at school and I want to go back to school (I'm off because of half term) just to read it!!! ('(oo)')
Ameerah from South Africa
I really love this book! I'm only 11 but it's the best book I've read so far!
Anonymous from Anonymous
I really loved the book, it was quite sad, but the plot was excellent.
Harry from England
Just finished the book, it's great. In the end Ashley meets Edward and I think he goes back to the yetis.
Harry from England
I'm only 24 pages off the end and it is a wonderful fantasy. I am only 10 but I would definetly recommend it to other young readers.
Emily-Jade from England
I am half way through the story and I am soooooo enjoying it!! I find the book quite cool!!!
Anonymous from Anonymous
Really good story. Very interesting. Quite sad though, in a lot of places, but really captures the readers attention.
Teale from Australia
It was really interesting. I cried about Tot but I liked it when he found the real Lili.
Arya Jignesh Desai from Nairobi, Kenya
A wonderful book which can carry you away with it. I loved the part when Ashley stays with the yeti but the ending was a bit boring.
Chloe from England
It was quite good. I am only 12 but I would recommened it to any adventue loving readers.
8.9/10 from 37 reviews
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