Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
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.
This Kensuke's Kingdom book review was written by Floresiensis
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Kensuke's Kingdom reader reviews
Sophie from England
A bit boring at first but gets more exciting as you go along
E from Singapore
It was a great, thrilling, interesting and fun book to read.
Peace from South Africa
This book has a been really inspirational and i learnt so morals.it was a class novel INSPiRATIONAL
Nidhikshana from Qatar
So good, quite interesting and it seems that some of this was based on a true story. And as you know Michael Morpurgo is quite an old man so they want to base it on something real. ūüėÉ
Katie Saunders from England
Amazing book. I feel like I am really a character in Kensuke's kingdom but why don't they make Kensuke's Kindom 2 and Kensuke's Kingdom 3ūüíĖūüėćūüėé
Pag from Aussie
Grace from UK
This book really kept my interest throughout the whole story. Friendship and trust was the key point of the story.
Maja Szul from England
This is an amazing emotional roller coaster. Michael is washed out to an island where he is stranded alone or he thinks so... But soon he discovers Kensuke. I love this book. It has a very heart warming end not leaving you agitated but relaxed. :)
Sherlynn from St Albans
So amazing! Best books i have ever read!!!
Ad from Holland
Just the best book ever!
Avery from Canada
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.
Sanvi from India
Simon from United Kingdom
Lily from UK
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.
Holly from England
This book is honestly the best and my favourite character is Kensuke. I would rate it 10/10 and recommend it for everyone.
Debbie from England
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!
Lukmaan from England
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.
Sarah from USA
Its a really good book. Some parts can be boring but is very fun to read.
Anon from UK
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.
Jana from Egypt
Pretty nice book but some parts are boring
Fatima from UAE
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.
Ellie from UK
Sharnie from England
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!!!
Ebony from England
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.
Saim from Pakistan
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
Lilly from England
Love the book it's so awesome that's why I'm rating 10 stars.
Filipe from France
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)
Peter from England
Best book ever!
Lily from England
It is very good and you should read it today.
Quinten from Scotland
Exciting and fun book. I like reading Kensuke's sentences.
Ella from UK
I read it in class!
Megan Wood from UK
I read it in class. This book is for all ages, everyone should read it.
Lola from America
This book is amazing.
Shanza from Pakistan
I luv it because it is so interesting and adventuristic, I don't know if that's a word...
Esme from England
I thinkit is a good v
Alice from England
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! ūüėÉ
Ashley from America
Jeff from Australia
Alex from Morpeth
One of my favourite books! Brilliant!!!
Ella from Australia
One of the best books ever! Brought me to tears at the end. Very emotional book for me. Wonderful book.
Georgina from England
It's an amazing book, so interesting.
Raeesa from South Africa
It's a really good book.
Aleisha from Perth WA
Never read any book better.
Daniela from Ireland
One of my favourite books of all time!! Really descriptive btw!
Kwanele from KZN ESHOWE
I love this book so much!!
Azmat from England
Zahid from England
NEVER READ A BOOK BETTER!!!!!!
Brika from UK
Mika from England
It's GREAT I love the use of speech
Habiba from England
I enjoyed reading this book so much. I loved it!
Mahesh from England
I love this book.
Anon from England
It is an amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! book.
Dylan from UK
Sad at the end but worth reading. It was my class novel.
Hajra from UK
When I read it I loved the adventure and as a class we loved it more than any other book.
Andrei from Mk
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.
Kala from Australia
Really good book and amazing.
Linda from United Kingdom
I love it ,one of the best books I have ever read!!!
Amelia from Scotland
Loved it. It is really good!
Maya from Canada
It was great
Ilgorbek from Uzbekistan
It is excellent for writing reviews... brilliant book!!!*
Holly from Britain
It is an amazing book and my best part is when Michael arrived on the island.
Jassim from Bahrain
It is a great book but some parts from the book I don't understand :)
Faoz from Dubai
The amazing book.
Angie from Virgin Islands
I read this book in school and it was amazing. I recommend this book to anyone who like happy endings and "Peter Pan".
Martin Lopez Casuso from Spain
I give this book ten stars because It Is very interesting. It Is a very good book.
Ahmed from Oman
It's the best book ever!
Amy from Northern Ireland
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!
Zak from United Kingdom
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.
Katerina from Greece
who u gonna call no one from UK
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,
Caris from England
I think this is a really good book and I love when we read it in class. It is a bit sad though.
Rio from Isle of Man
Emma from England
I would definitely recommend this book, but I now have to write a two page review on it. BORING!!!!!!
Sophie from Bangkok
I really liked it because there is suspense and adventure! Love Michael Mopurgo's books! I recommend it to everyone!
Zeyad from UAE
The book is very awesome. I love it. So much high vocabulary. I would recommend to read it.
Emma from Australia
I love it so much😄
Nandini from India
So cool! Interesting. I have read this book in my school library. It is so amazing.
James from America
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.
Grace Wardle from UK
I like the book because it is full of adventure. EBI you could make the story even longer.
Alanoud from United Arab Emirates
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 :)
Elle from UK
I loved the book and I wish i knew whether or not it's true????
Domoniqe Mitchelle from London England
This book was fantastic. I would recommnend this book for 10 years and over this book was great.... what do you think.....
Adi from India
Aditya from India
Thanks for making this awesome book.
Lea from Italy
ITZ A GREAT BOOK WELL DONE MICHAEL MORPURGO! BTW I JUST READ ADOLPHUS TIPS!
Hasib from England
It was really fun. I really enjoyed this book.
Michael Morpurgo from England
Thank you for your comments.
Viwe from South Africa
I'm still reading the book but I really think it is a great book and I would recommend it.
Ella from Wales
It is very good and I would recommend it to every one !!!!!!!!
Kian from Jersey CI UK
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!😭
Rosie from Ireland
I am ten years old and I read this book in a day. It is sincerely beautiful and I would highly recommend it!
Kris from Finland
Mary from Colombia
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
Talissa from UK
I am reading it now in class it is really good thank you to my teacher Mrs Debbie Batch for getting me into it
Akshaya from France
Je suis allee content.
Rohna from UK
I found this book really interesting and would recommend it 100%.
Queenie from Scotland
It was amazing!!!
Max from UK
Good book but a little hard to understand so I would recommend for readers 11+
Joe from UK
I listened to it in school and I really enjoyed it. Now my homework today is to write a book review in my book!
YP from UK
Wow just ... This is so so brilliant!
John Cena from USA
8 out of 8 cuz its gr8 m8
Timirq Hassan from UK
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.
Fakar from Dubia
Breathtakingly beautiful. A book that must be on your Christmas wish list.
Estrella from UK
I got this book in a library and it is so good and my rating is 10.
Flavia from UK
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.
Aryan from Walsall
Fantastic. Interesting and fun book. Nearly my best book ever.
Tilly from England
Badly written, boring. Do not recommend.
Denis from Kyiv
It is awesome. I like it very good hook and very interesting intrege scary.
Michael from London
Really good book, made me into tears 100% recommend reading it! Literally, it's so amazing.
Fin from England
A really good book.
Ria from England
It's an amazing book written by an inspiring writer.
Joan from US
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!
Luke from Perth
Amazing book, great job Michael.
Bailey from Canada
This is a very great book! I loved it so much! a MUST READ!
Tyler from England
Charlotte from England
It is just so cool.
lol from Australia
It's a great book guys.
Klara from Texas
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.
Alex from London
It's a confusing book I don't recommend for young people.
Mia from england
This is the best book in the world I love it .
Chyzancku from France
Bonjour! Bravo Michael Morpurgo. Le livre est magnificent....
Yertha from Canada
It's awesome!! But not when you have homework on it....
Rosie from UK
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.
Ella from Reading
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.
Shanzeh from Pakistan
Awesome book, must read y'all :):)
Nathan from UK
It's full of action and problems which makes any book interesting.
Dana from UK
It was really good and nearly every one likes it.
Annalise from Ireland
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.
Mymoona from UK
I love this book :) It is amazing, I had to write a review for my homework. It's the best lol !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):) :) :) :(
Carter from UK
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)
Basel from Jordan
Amazing build up of the plot but very easy and poor language for smart students.
Jordan from London
Bad book... childish.
Ayaan from Uganda
I love the book but is it true?
Jenny from England
Amazing but I'm curious whether it's it real?
Yolo McSwagens from UK
Ramyah from England
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...
Estela from UK
I love reading this book. It is just amazing, Kensuke's Kingdom.
Femke from Netherlands
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!
Rida Owais from Pakistan
This book is very good and it is the best as it is written by its author.
Tyrique from UK
GREAT book, read it twice and I sill want to read it again. It's a real page-turner.
Adam from Burnley
I wish I could give it 11/10 cos it's the best book in the world :-)
Dhruv from India
This is an awesome book. It is a must read for children. You even learn a lot of things from this book.
Natascha from Pakistan
Kensuke's Kingdom was an amazing book filled with adventure and also had small small parts which were sad. I loved it!
Natascha from Pakistan
It was an amazing book filled with adventure and also had small small parts which were sad. I l
Jawad from Slough
Really good book, a real page turner.
Onder from England
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)
Ellie from UK
Epic book but I've got homework on it and it's hard.
Abuaker from Southall, England
I found it great plus it was a Brobdingnagian book meaning big.
Anna from UK
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!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 heís 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
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 Kensuke‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúon the water‚ÄĚ ‚Äú...we‚Äôd go skimming over the waves, exhilarating in the speed of it, in the sheer joy of it.‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs family had now seems like a dream that never happened. Upon this realisation, Michael‚Äôs father decides they should go around the world... in a yacht. As the reader we see the amazing sites and experiences in Michael‚Äôs 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; ‚ÄúThe 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.‚ÄĚ 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 wouldnít think the main character of a story wouldnít be rescued if they were stuck on an island. But overall it was probably the third best book Iíve 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 donít 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 Kensukeís 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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