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Kensuke’s Kingdom | [Michael Morpurgo]

Kensuke’s Kingdom

When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents’ yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. He can’t find food and he can’t find water, and as Michael and his dog curl up to sleep, he knows they cannot last long. But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive.
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Publisher's Summary

A desert-island adventure, and a subtle observation of friendship, trust and humanity.

Winner of The Children’s Book Award.

Superbly read by DEREK JACOBI.

When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents’ yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. He can’t find food and he can’t find water, and as Michael and his dog curl up to sleep, he knows they cannot last long.

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, the mysterious stranger – Kensuke – allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.

©2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"This is a wonderful book, a modern day Robinson Crusoe and is simply too good to miss." (Wendy Cooling)

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  • Jason
    Ballinspittle, Ireland
    4/9/13
    Overall
    "Masterpiece..."

    I was so impressed by this novel that I decided to use it as part of my English teaching programme. The narration is absolutely superb and had the children completely captivated each morning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    BEXHILL ON SEA, United Kingdom
    2/21/12
    Overall
    "A touching story, read very well indeed."

    This story come's alive in one's mind, the voice over is done so well, I love his English in 'Japanese accent'.
    The music added a bit of flavor to it and all in all a really touching story, read very well indeed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Clavering, United Kingdom
    1/24/14
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Breathtaking."
    Where does Kensuke's Kingdom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top,


    What did you like best about this story?

    An amazing story of loss, courage and friendship, beautifully read by Derek Jacobi. The whole family listened and we were glued to the spot listening as the story unfolded.


    Which character – as performed by Derek Jacobi – was your favourite?

    Kensuke was portrayed so well - sensitive, kind and with such depth of understanding


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes! Very much so, I was close to tears at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    An absolute must. Morpurgo at his best and this reading is simply sensational. Did someone really give this only one star out of five? I am staggered, it must have been an error.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A
    United Kingdom
    12/1/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Kids Book for Adults"
    If you could sum up Kensuke's Kingdom in three words, what would they be?

    Heartfelt Engaging Emotional


    What other book might you compare Kensuke's Kingdom to, and why?

    I haven't listened or read any other childrens books so I am unable to compare.


    Have you listened to any of Derek Jacobi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end brought me to tears, but not my nine year old son


    Any additional comments?

    A book written for children but should also be read by adults. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • vin
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom
    6/9/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyable"

    Whilst I could probably listen to Derek Jacobi read the telephone directory and enjoy listening to it - the whole story is highly enjoyable. I always find that, whilst Michael Morpurgo writes for "children", they are highly enjoyable by adults too ( perhaps its the big kid in all of us?)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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