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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

Critic Reviews

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

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A rare gem

This is a book you will want to read/hear. Eloquent and captivating, Derek Jacobi does an amazing job as narrator (of course!), :) and the story is masterfully written.

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a nice little story.

I picked this story because it seemed like a short story compared to the books I normally listen to. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it very much.And I plan to tell my son about it so he can let his son listen to it also.

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  • vin
  • 06-09-13

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?)

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  • Jason
  • 04-09-13

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.

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  • Mrs
  • 02-21-12

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.

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  • chris
  • 07-18-18

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!

Absolutely amazing I loved how real and emotional it felt big thumbs up to Micheal Morpurgo and Derick Jacobi 👍👍👍👍👍👍

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  • Jess
  • 06-11-18

Great book

I studied this book in high school and absolutely loved it. I've got the hard copy too!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-18

Wonderful book

Where does Kensuke’s Kingdom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

it is a superb book. Loved every minute of it.

What did you like best about this story?

Engaging at every point

What about Derek Jacobi’s performance did you like?

Really excellent, great voice to listen to and varied in pace, tone and characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

We usually listen on the school run, but you could listen in one go.

Any additional comments?

Read it, listen to it. Great stuff.

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  • Robbie campbell
  • 01-28-18

Amazing book wish I knew about it sooner.

The performance was magical. The story is one of the best I’ve read and I’d happily listen again. The character krnsuke is so shrouded in mystery I finished this in one sitting because I just wanted to know more

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  • carriesims
  • 01-22-18

BEST BOOK EVA

Just look at the. Title it explains everything because it is just so so so good

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  • Briefly
  • 12-31-17

We loved this!

Got for our 5 year old on a long journey but soon were all hooked and listening to the story. A feel good tale to make you smile.

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  • Lythaniun
  • 11-17-17

Amazing

one of my favourite books read beautifully 10/10
highly recommend for people of all ages