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When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parent's yacht, the Peggy Sue, he struggles to survive on his own. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death after being stung by a poisonous jelly fish, the mysterious someone...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published 2005 by Egmont (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jul 09, 2007 MissInformation rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grade 4-6
Shelves: jbooks
Kensuke’s Kingdom is an adventure story about an eleven year old boy and his dog who get ship-wrecked on a remote island. The boy Michael has been on a pleasant sail around the world with his parents when suddenly he falls overboard in the middle of the night. Awakening on a beach, he has few survival skills and little hope. Mysteriously, food and water appear near his cave. Michael is not alone on the island, but his benefactor chooses to remain hidden. Only when the boy tries to build a signal...more
Sep 30, 2007 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My friends
This book was amazing, anyone who reads it at first might or probably will find it boring, however it soon begins to get exciting. Plus the more you read it, the more you want to carry on reading. I found this book very fascinating and interesting and what i think of Michael Morpurgo is that he is a very talented writer and i do know that he has written many other books and he really has inspired and encouraged me to read more of his books. I really would recommend this to anyone aged from 9-11...more
Esraa Khaled
حسنًا ، أنا الأن متأكدة
اليابان بتلاحقنى بالفعل فى كل حاجة xD
الرواية ديه أنا اخترتها بالصدفة كتخليص حق ههههه xD
حتى لم يشدنى الاسم و لا الغلاف أخدتها كده و خلاص
بس لما بدأت أقرأها عجبتنى أوووى
أحلى حاجة إن كان فيها كلمات يابانية و أنا كنت فاهماها :3 :3
و استغربت أوى قلت الناس هيفهموها ازاى
واكتشفت فى الأخر انها مترجمة فى الأخر ههههه
المهم انى فهمتها من غير الترجمة :3 :3
و ياااه بقى خلتنى أعيط معرفش ليه !!
بس عيطت :D
لحد أخر صفحة كنت متأكدة انى مش هأستفاد منها حاجة
بس فى حاجة اتغيرت جوايا
هى حاجة غريبة...more
Oct 31, 2007 Paula rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone!
this book follows michael and his parents on a trip of a lifetime around the world. they give up thier jobs, pack their belongings onto the 'peggy sue' and off they set. sounds like a fairy tale doesn't it...

michael falls over board and ends up being washed up on an island with only one other inhabitant - kensuke!

this story is one of immense emotion and explores friendship and loyalty. it shows the true spirit of human nature and will bring a tear to the hardest 11 year old (yes, i cried too!)

Kensuke's Kingdom is a wonderful story of survival and friendship as it takes you away as Michael, a boy out with his family on the ultimate adventure. Michael and his family are going to live aboard the Peggy Sue, (boat). His family consists of a mother, father, and dog, Stella Artois. Drifted away in a storm, Michael and Stella end up on an island and are reluctantly accepted into Kensuke's, (a World War II veteran who hasn't left the island since the war was over) world. Personally, the novel...more
Oct 06, 2011 Dem rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dem by: My Son
My son is reading this book at school with his class and I decided to read it as well as he said he would like to be able to discuss it with me because he found it so exciting, I love to read a Michael Morpurgo book every now and again as I love his writing and one of my favourite books by Michael Morpurgo is Private Peaceful so was quite happy to read Kensuke's Kingdom.

The story is about Michael a twelve year old boy who gets washed up on an island in the pacific, Michael struggles to survive...more
Year 4 =.=
ooo i didn't like this at the start but then it got quite exciting then boring again.
but an OKAY book.
I read this with a student and enjoyed the story. The book has very attractive illustrations, and it kept an cynical and ultra fidgety 13 year old well entertained, if not still
Hassan Ali
Book review 10 – Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo

I first saw this book on the bookshelf in a year 6 classroom. The whole class was doing a ‘big writing’ piece on the text so I took the book home and was surprised it’s flowing and gripping nature. Kensuke’s Kingdom will have an appeal for both young and old and it is an exciting adventure story about a boy called Michael. Michael, Stella Artois (his pet dog) and parents, set of on the ultimate adventure on-board Peggy Sue (a boat) and they sa...more
Aisha Al-sulaiti
اسم الكتاب: مملكة كنسوكي
الكاتب: مايكل موربورجو
ترجمة: د. محمد عناني
الناشر: دار بلسم

الكتاب في الاصل مخصص للأطفال، وأنا في الاصل احب قراءة هذه الكتب من وقت لآخر لذلك استعرته من اختي الصغيرة :).
الكتاب يحكي قصة الصبي مايكل الذي يبلغ 11 عاما ورحلته في البحر الذي انتهت به على جزيرة مع كلبته بعد ان سقط من القارب ليلا واهله نيام.
تحكي القصة عن كيفية بقاءه على قيد الحياة لمدة عام او عامين (نسيت بصراحة :$)وكيف عاد بعد ذلك إلى والديه.
من الممتع العودة لأجواء الطفولة من وقت لآخر.
لم اندم على قراءتها.
It has a dog on the cover, so I have to put it on my list to read!

Despite the dog on the cover, the book is mostly about a boy that is a castaway on an island with his dog. This is currently a Book Bowl book for Henrico County 5th graders. It is easy to read and very interesting. I really enjoyed reading it!
Thogh I am reading this book at the moment i have read this book many times. I would recomend this book to people that are aged 8-70 aspecialy if you like adventure and exsitment :)

this book made me cry!
Dean Barber
Kensuke's Kingdom tells the tale of a boy named Michael who, after a heavy storm is thrown overboard from his family boat, The Peggy Sue. Eventually being washed up onto a remote desert island with only his dog as a companion, we are shown how Michael begins to adapt to his new life alone with only the basics to survive.

However, before long we are aware that Michael is not alone after all and is in fact sharing the island with an elderly man named Kensuke who helps him to stay alive. Though the...more
Akhil Gopakumar
This was a wonderful book and the language he used was very meaningful. But the last part was kind of sad.
I'm too old for this book, really, but I read it aloud to my sons, and they both loved it.

I started reading it initially to my younger son, who's eight, but his older brother kept coming in to listen as well, which must be the mark of a good children's book. It is simply told, so it's easy for children to follow. Plot developments are pretty clearly signposted, which helps children to keep up and also to feel clever when they predict correctly what will happen next. Michael, the main character a...more
Stacy Slater
The Times (London) review quoted on the back of this edition calls Kensuke's Kingdom a "dazzling adventure," but those looking for a traditional adventure-survival story will be disappointed in this book. The main thrust of the book is the tentative friendship that develops between Michael and Kensuke and the gradual unraveling of the mystery of Kensuke's existence on the island.

When Michael and his parents set out to sail around the world, they were low on experience, but high on enthusiasm. A...more
'Kensuke's Kingdom' is a beautiful written adventure story by Michael Morpurgo. A young boy named Michael embarks on an adventure with just his Mum, Dad and dog for company, as they set sail to travel around the world on their boat. However, the adventure truly begins when, late one night, Michael and his dog are swept overboard, finding themselves stranded on an island. Unable to find anything to eat or drink, an exhausted Michael curls up in a cave with just his dog, Stella Artois, for comfort...more
Megan Chard
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo is about an 11 year old boy named Michael. His father buys a yacht 'The Peggy Sue' to sail around the world. After Michael and his parents have their sailing training they set sail from Southampton accompanied with their dog Stella. One night during a storm Michael is on the deck of The Peggy Sue with only Stella for company, as he tries to tempt Stella away from the edge the boat jerks and he falls into the Ocean. With his parents asleep below deck nobody h...more
This enchanting tale is full of emotive storylines throughout - love, compassion, hope, despair, envy, trust, fear and jealousy are just some of the feelings that are expertly portrayed by the inimitable Michael Morpurgo.

The story tells of a 12 year old boy, Michael who lives with his parents and his dog - Stella Artois - in a normal family home. One day Michael's father loses his job, and as there are no more available where they live, the family decide to follow a dream and use dad's redundanc...more
I always have these grand visions of my children being transported when I read to them out loud. Sadly, the reality of that hasn't matched up. We have begun many books but just haven't had the interest level to finish them (sniff, sniff). This is the 2nd book we have ever finished!
Ethan was mildly interested in the adventure of Michael who goes to sea with his parents as they take a break from horrible recessionary pressures at home to sail a yacht around the world. Things aren't always wonderfu...more
Kensuke's Kingdom is a powerful story centring around the themes of friendship, family and adventure. Having read this for the first time when I was in primary school, I did not believe that the story could effect me in the same way now in which it did then. However, I was proven wrong to a certain extent. Kensuke's Kingdom, though aimed at younger readers, was a very enjoyable story. I wondered whether the ending would have the same effect on me as it did in the past. In that instance, I found...more
Niamh Delahunty
To begin, Micheal is faced with all be them mondane, but life changing circumstances when his parents loose their jobs and decide to pursue a trip around the world on a yacht, The Peggy Sue.Yet, when Michael is washed up on an island after falling from his parent's yacht, with his dog Stella, he struggles to cope with the idea of surviving alone. Yet, he soon realises he is not alone and that a mysterious someone is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. With a dramatic introduction of...more
Kate Wells
Kensuke's Kingdom is a beautifully written text, the description is vivid and the vocabulary perfect for introducing children to the enormous possibilities of the English language. Michael Morpurgo explores the importance of friendship and family in his tale set on an exotic deserted island off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The text details the chance encounter of a young stranded boy, his dog and an elderly Japanese survivor of World War II on what we come to know is, Kensuke's Kingdom.

Kensuke’s Kingdom, winner of the children’s book award is one I was fortunate to read and work with whilst employed as an LSA in 2012. Within a year 5 class we studied every inch of this book for over a month as a literacy topic. Given this time frame the book was enthralling from beginning to end and left every child wanting to know more everytime the book was put down. This to me is the telling sign of an excellent read.

There are 5 main characters in the book, Michael, Mum, Dad, Stella Artois...more
After his parents are made redundant from the brickworks, Michael and his family go on an exciting adventure around the world onboard the Peggy Sue, visiting exotic and faraway lands such as Australia and Papua New Guinea. All seems to be going extremely well with Mum, Dad, Michael and their Sheepdog Stella Artois, venturing out in foreign territory while learning and exploring along their way. However, not all goes to plan when one night Michael suddenly goes overboard and is left afraid and st...more
The plot at first reminded me of Life of Pi (by Yann Martel) with a boy being lost at sea. The obvious difference being that Michael’s companion was a dog and the protagonist of Life of Pi’s companions included a tiger and a hyena! The story really starts though when Michael washes up on a beach and begins a friendship with a man not used to anyone else’s company than his own.

This adventure story is a worth winner of the Children’s Book Award. Morpurgo is traditionally known for writing children...more
Mark Jamieson
Kensuke's Kingdom is a Michael Morpurgo book, following a young boy who after his father decided that the whole family would sail around the world, ends up marooned on a desert island. He soon realises that he is not alone on the island but all does not go smoothly with his fellow desert islander. An elderly Japanese man also calls this island his home and an uneasy but blossoming bond begins to grow between the two. The book would be best suited for KS2 pupils and covers many important emotiona...more
Sep 09, 2010 Kathleen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Kathleen by: Franny
This is an amzing true story about a young bot who gets stranded on an island with his dog. He first thinks no one is the but when he see's a plate with fish and banana's and a bowl with fresh water, he starts to think differently. He lives on this island for so long, always being provided with food and water. Him and this man Kensuek slowly meet face to face. Eventually seeing each others perspectives and becoming close friends. They share stories with each other, they go fishing together and e...more
711Isabel B
I really loved KENSUKE'S KINGDOM, by Michael Morpurgo.
The main character was someone that I could connect to - he had flaws and could be annoying.
The story itself didn't seem that likely, but I loved the idea behind the book. It made me want to set sail around the world if I lost my job, and I had little chance of regaining it.
I think that it was interesting that Morpurgo didn't just make the book about falling out of a sail boat, and then surviving on a stange island. Morpurgo made it that th...more
This arrived yesterday as a ring and was a nice quick read. Interesting take on this Robinson Crusoe-like story, although it still remains rather superficial I find. So far the best I've read by this author is incontestably Private Peaceful. Given the format of this book I suppose it's inevitable it can't get very profound or go very far. I wondered why Morporgo chose to provide the end note about Katsuke's family as he did, although I guess this would be a good class discussion point. (And this...more
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Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to...more
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