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Kensuke's Kingdom

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  9,303 Ratings  ·  695 Reviews
When Michael's father loses his job, he buys a boat and convinces Michael and his mother to sail around the world. It's an ideal trip - even Michael's sheepdog can come along. It starts out as the perfect family adventure - until Michael is swept overboard. He's washed up on an island, where he struggles to survive. Then he discovers that he's not alone. His fellow-castawa ...more
Paperback, 165 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by Mammoth (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jul 09, 2007 MissInformation rated it it was ok  ·  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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2013 Esraa Khaled rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2007 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!)

Oct 04, 2011 Dem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2017 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: birthday-2017
Received this reread for my birthday. Would highly recommend, it is a great book!
Year 4 =.=
ooo i didn't like this at the start but then it got quite exciting then boring again.
but an OKAY book.
Jul 26, 2011 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2008 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2014 Zanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aisha Al-sulaiti
Dec 14, 2012 Aisha Al-sulaiti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, children, b, fiction
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.
Dec 07, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-children
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!
شعور حكايات الطفولة طاغي في هذا الكتاب، أقرأها وأشعر بالحنين للأيام اللي كنت أقرأ فيها كتب مثل هذه
جميلة الرواية، ترجمة عناني بديعة، والقصة مغامرة ممتعة جدا! لو كنتم من محبين أدب المغامرات والحكايات في طفولتكم هذه الرواية خيار مثالي.
Apr 18, 2017 Tahera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kensuke's Kingdom is a story of an eleven year old boy Michael who gets washed up on an island on the eve of his 12th birthday and meets an old man by the name of Kensuke who has lived alone on the island for 40+ years. During the months Michael is stranded on the island, he and Kensuke form a bond of close friendship and learn to live together as a family but at the same time Michael never loses faith and hope that he will meet his parents again one day.

I have made a pact with myself to read as
Aug 31, 2012 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hassan Ali
Mar 20, 2014 Hassan Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2011 Bookheads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-by-eve
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!
Akhil Gopakumar
Mar 17, 2013 Akhil Gopakumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book and the language he used was very meaningful. But the last part was kind of sad.
Sep 09, 2016 devon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in school. My teacher slammed his fist on the table to symbolise the (view spoiler). I shit myself.
i thought it was very interesting
Aug 31, 2011 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'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
Sep 05, 2012 Tahmina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2010 Kulsuma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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
Niamh Delahunty
Jun 06, 2012 Niamh Delahunty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Megan Chard
Feb 03, 2012 Megan Chard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate Wells
Jan 21, 2013 Kate Wells rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Dean Barber
Jan 10, 2014 Dean Barber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Demi Idle
Feb 07, 2017 Demi Idle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-and-ya
This is an entertaining and easy read, well-written and thoughtful.

Most of the emotional side of the story happens between the lines, because one of the characters is too young to express emotions properly, and the other one is an old Japanese man who spent most of his life alone on an island.

Little is spoken aloud between them, and I kept filling in Kensuke's part of the story, based on Michael's observations. It was interesting to see some of my guesses proved right when Kensuke finally spoke.
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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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