Written by Michael Morpurgo
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Awarding winning storyteller Michael Morpurgo spins a spellbinding yarn of survival in modern classic. Michael and his dog Stella Artois are swept overboard from their parentsâ€™ ship and swept up onto the shore of a nearby island. Michael puts all his survival skills to good effect but how will he manage on his own as there seems to be no water or food to be found? Luckily, there is life on the island and when Michael wakes up he finds food and drink have been put out for him. Who is the mysterious man who brings it and can Michael trust him? An exciting story with a touching friendship at its core.
Kensuke's Kingdom won the Childrenâ€™s Book Award 2000 and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Childrenâ€™s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal in 2000 and has sold over 400,000 copies worldwide.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Kensuke's Kingdom a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'Kensuke's Kingdom is very atmospheric and you can imagine yourself on the island along with Michael, Stella and Kensuke. I would recommend this story to all readers either to read alone or together.'
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Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
I heard the wind above me in the sails. I remember thinking, this is silly, you haven't got your safety harness on, you haven't got your lifejacket on. You shouldn't be doing this...I was in the cold of the sea before I could even open my mouth to scream. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone...From the author of War Horse comes this tale of survival against all odds, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pacific and recalling memories of the Second World War. This is a remarkable and unforgettable story.
This Egmont Heritage edition features stunning black and white illustrations by the award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.Â Download the introduction - here -Â by Egmont Heritage, which gives the background and inspiration to this wonderful story.
Here is a written review byÂ James Goodall age 9.
Kensuke's Kingdom is my best Michael Morpurgo story and it is about a boy called Michael who gets shipwrecked on an island with nothing but his clothes and his dog, Stella, to keep him company. Michael tries to signal to passing ships but then an old man, Kensuke, appears and tells him not to light fires to attract attention. One day the boy goes for a swim and wakes up to find Kensuke nursing his wounds. This is the beginning of their friendship and they do amazing things together and the boy gets to see orang-utans that the man has trained and learn all about how he has lived and survived on the island.
Michael Morpurgo's books are always interesting and engaging and you become totally lost in their story. Kensuke's Kingdom is very atmospheric and you can imagine yourself on the island along with Michael, Stella and Kensuke. I would recommend this story to all readers either to read alone or together.'
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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd
26th September 2013