Published: October 2010
“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…
“This book changed my thoughts on reading all together. It is absolutely brilliant and I’ve read it three times already and it brings a tear to my eye every time.” Ciera, the Nation’s Favourite Morpurgo Vote
“It makes you cry, there is so much determination and spirit, oh it’s just fantastic!” Soph, the Nation’s Favourite Morpurgo Vote
From Kensuke’s Kingdom to Running Wild, Twist of Gold to Dear Olly, Michael Morpurgo talks about the theme of voyages in his books.
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Friday, 21st February 2014
The winner of the Morpurgo Month competition is announced.
Schools were asked to create reviews for their favourite Michael Morpurgo Month books. These could take any format schools chose; they just needed to demonstrate how much the pupils love the 30 titles included in Morpurgo Month, a celebration of Michael’s books for his 70th birthday.
Wednesday, 18th December 2013
Reading charity Booktrust is pleased to announce former Children’s Laureate and best-selling author Michael Morpurgo as its new President. The role, previously held by the late Doris Lessing, offers a notable figure as a supporter and ambassador for Booktrust’s work.
Booktrust believes that no-one should miss out on the life changing benefits that reading can bring. It gives free books to children via national programmes such as ‘Bookstart’, which works through locally based organisations to give packs of books to babies and toddlers, with guidance materials for parents and carers. With over 90 years of expertise in recommending books, it runs sponsored book prizes and manages creative reading projects, such as the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Laureate. This year, it launched a brand new prize – The Booktrust Best Book Awards, supported by Kindle.
Monday, 25th November 2013
It’s the final days of Michael Morpurgo Month and we have plenty to help you celebrate. As well as turning our focus to voyages for the final six days of November, there’s a chance to get four Michael Morpurgo classics for just 99p each.
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I did this book for a guided reading task with a few of my friends and it was probably the best book I have ever read. I like how the start almost tells you about the end. The letter is a really good idea and the whole book is so inspiring. This book has recommended me to read more and I’m now on why the whales came, also all my other friends are know reading one because we have a big collection at school and I have a lot of them at home.
This book is so amazing you can’t put it down! Its really boring at the start but when they start sailing around in the Peggy sue it gets even better!
Thank you Michael Morpurgo for writing this book it is amazing!
It is one of the best stories I have ever read and this is the first Michael Morpurgo book I have read . The story was assigned as homework because we were basing our world book week topic on it. The book pulls at my heart strings , that’s what I enjoyed about this book.
We read Kensuke’s Kingdom as our class novel. It is a story of friendship and survival. It is a really inspiring book about an adventure, that has a twist in the middle. The book makes you want to keep on reading, and it has a cliffhanger at the end. The book was brilliant and we found it inspiring - how foe can become your friend. We could recommend this book as a great class novel for 9-12 years old. Having nearly read all of Michael Morpurgo’s books, this is definitely one of the best. The book is better than watching television!! The end of the story brings the whole adventure together. The story was so dramatic, we fell in love with it!
i haven’t read the book yet but it should be amazing
Kensukes Kingdom is a sensational book packed with excitement and goodness. It’s my favourite book ever, I have read it so many times. It’s all about this boy and his wonderful relationship with this man on an island. His books never cease to impress me as he is such an emotional writer who really connects with his audience. I recommend this book to anyone who sees it, pick it up and read it!!!!!
It was amazing your book I could see the story in my mind
I think that this is the best book going because Michael morpurgo has added really good effort in it and he has added really fantastic ideas I like the part when he talks about the island and the way he describes it. everyone in my class like the book and they really appreciate it. I read it again and again because it really helps me in my work.
i love this book
i am 10 years old and we are reading this book in my class
it is funny but it at the same time sad
i am addictied to this book
your a great author!!!
BEST BOOK EVER. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!
i loved reading his book we read this at school the boy is so brave when he fell in the water
I look forward to reading this to the classes that I teach every year. I still need to take a deep breath to prevent myself from becoming emotional at the end. The post script is a stroke of absolute genius, I love to watch the reaction of the children and listen to their thoughts and feelings about it. Thank you Mr Morpurgo for some of my favourite moments as a primary school teacher.
think the book is great for kids age 9 to 12
Once I opened the book, I couldn’t put it down because of the interesting names of the places and at the front of the book the map of Kensuke’s Kingdom was fabulous! The cover was very eye-catching! This book has an interesting way of revealing itself to the reader as it has some scary parts, some happy parts, some sad parts and some very happy parts. This book was read over and over again, as it was very inspiring and it inspired me to write this review as I want to share everything I loved from this wonderful book. Overall I give it 9/10.
I almost cried when Michael had to leave Kensuke… It’s just so touching…
Kensuke’s Kingdom was brilliant i read it in yr6 and enjoyed it a lot, i especially liked the part when Michael and his dog get washed up on an island. i loved all of it! it makes you engrossed in the book. wish to read it again and again! i recommend it for age 7+.
Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
The characters in Kensuke’s Kingdom are Michael, Stella and Kensuke. I loved the characters especially Kensuke because he was very kind and loyal although Kensuke was mean at times once Michael made friends with him he was fine. They made me feel happy.
This book made suspense and I wanted to read on. Firstly, Michael and his Mum and Dad was having a jolly good time on the reservoir until they heard that brickworks was closing down, so Dad had an idea to sail around the world . It was a stormy night and disaster struck. Michael called and called for Stella but there was no reply. The boy took some action to jump in the freezer water.
He washed up on an amazing island, with topaz, glistening sand. Michael saw a man standing in front of him. Kensuke was heart-warming. Kensuke would sit hours on end painting with octopus ink. A year later, Michael’s parents came to the great island. I would recommend this book to children aged between 9-12. This was a fantastic book.
This book was magical and magestic everyone loves it. I read it in my year six class (6JB). This is the best book ive ever read I absoloutly loved it #michealmorpurgo