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Product description

Washed up on a remote island in a Pacific storm, Michael curls up and waits to die. But when he wakes, there is fresh fruit beside him. He is not alone… Michael Morpurgo’s vivid story of a young castaway’s struggle for survival is a true modern classic. Partly an adventure fantasy in the purest tradition, it also pulls together powerful and thought-provoking themes of love, loss, forgiveness, hope and redemption.

Winner of the Red House Children’s Book Award.

Also available: Read and Respond activities to accompany Kensuke’s Kingdom.

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Egmont Books Ltd

Date published

January 2nd, 2012



UK edition


Michael Morpurgo

8025 morpurgo 206731


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  1. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 26 February 2017

    TOTALY AWESOME . It just feels so real

  2. Goldie 113308

    on 24 July 2015

    This is the best book I have ever read.

  3. Avatar owl 761790

    on 26 June 2015

    The book was good. I have seen a stage version of it at the Polka Theatre in Wembley.

    I like the part when Michel meets the old man for the first time.

    5out of 5
  4. Clarice thumb 136

    on 31 January 2015

    Mysterious genre! I like it♥

    5out of 5
  5. Bellasara 113282

    on 17 October 2014

    This book is all about adventures and bravery.

    5out of 5
  6. Monkey 113537

    on 28 March 2014

    Kenzukes kingdom, was a very interesting story. I started to read it at school and then I decided to by the book myself. P.S, I love Michael Morporgo!

    4out of 5
  7. Default avatar

    on 23 March 2014

    I honestly though this will be boring, but instead it was breathtaking!

    4out of 5
  8. Love stargirl 113412

    on 21 March 2014

    This book is very good.My self I would not want to be learning on a boat!

    4out of 5
  9. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 9 March 2014

    It’s a nice story but too much detail so it bored me.

  10. Storm 113293

    on 8 March 2014

    This book is great. Kensuke, the oldest living person on the island, rescues micheal when he goes to far. But watch out, this book is full of suprises…

  11. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    This book improves with every page. An exciting adventure, readers will get hooked! Exploring the values of friendship and loyalty, it shows the true spirit of human nature and will surely bring a tear to its reader eyes!

  12. Default avatar

    on 7 March 2014

    The only thing that I could possibly think could be improved is the length of the book. I think that the story was very short, as I finished the book very quickly. I feel that he could have just extended the middle a little. But otherwise, I find this a flawless book. Anyone who likes books will love this one!

    I would rate this book a 10 out of 10. This book is a great addition to any bookshelf. I recommend it for boys and girls 11 and up.

    5out of 5
  13. Avatar owl 761790

    on 7 March 2014

    This is about a boy who gets washed up on a deserted island.

  14. Bellasara 113282

    on 7 March 2014

    I read this in school for a project and immediately knew this was going to be a wonderful adventure. After reading this book i purchased my own copy. You have to read this it is amazing !

    5out of 5
  15. Hayley 113303

    on 6 March 2014

    good book

    4out of 5
  16. Default avatar

    on 6 March 2014

    its good

  17. Avatar lion 761782

    on 5 March 2014

    I love this book and micheal murpoga so good

  18. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 March 2014

    Fab! An amazing adventure. Enemies become friends.And kindness returns life

  19. Croc 113527

    on 4 March 2014

    I thought about what I would do if I am left alone on an island. This book is full of wisdom of an old man, Kensuke, who has been on the island alone for a long time.

    5out of 5
  20. Avatar crab 761750

    on 16 February 2014

    Michael goes overboard, and he lands on an island with his dog, hungry, thirsty and tired. But, the next day, he finds a bowl of fruit next to him. Could it possibly be that he is not completely alone on this strange, mysterious island? Read the book to find out…..

    I think that this is one of the best books I have read. The story goes slowly and steadily, but without dragging. The characters are all powerful and realistic, and they make the story interesting. I loved how the author made Michael a childish, but brave and honest character. The ending was strong and it almost made me cry (I won’t tell you what it was).

    The only thing that I could possibly think could be improved is the length of the book. I think that the story was very short, as I finished the book very quickly. I feel that he could have just extended the middle a little. But otherwise, I find this a flawless book. Anyone who likes books will love this one!

    I would rate this book a 10 out of 10. This book is a great addition to any bookshelf. I recommend it for boys and girls 11 and up.

    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.

  21. Avatar frankenstein 761774

    on 15 February 2014

    the best book of all time along side diary of a wimpy kid

    5out of 5
  22. Bellasara 113282

    on 27 January 2014

    the worst book ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1out of 5
  23. Jane blonde 113694

    on 9 January 2014

    I think this book was really good because I HAVE READ IT BEFORE, but not online, this makes it more interesting for me !

    5out of 5
  24. Hayley 113303

    on 9 January 2014

    i did it in class was really goood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Bellasara 113282

    on 9 January 2014

    wow this is a brilliant book the best one morpurgos done defiantly read it!

    5out of 5
  26. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 9 August 2013

    I found this Kensukes Kingdom book quite enjoyable, the reason is that it had influential language

    4out of 5
  27. Stargirl 113407

    on 6 July 2013

    It was alright, but really interesting. Okay, so it was just a teeny bit boring at first. But as I read further, it became more brilliant each time. I was urging to find Kensuke’s story, but right in the middle, I got what I wanted.

    4out of 5
  28. Bellasara 113282

    on 20 June 2013

    bad and really boring for me I only read half the book it was that boring

    1out of 5
  29. Hayley 113303

    on 18 June 2013

    I thought this book took you on a real adventure this book was quite dramatic and emotional maybe too dramatic and emotional for me but all in all this book was great.

    3out of 5
  30. Evie 113313

    on 4 June 2013


    5out of 5