Kensuke's Kingdom, Hardback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Winner of The Red House CHildren's Book Award.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
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  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780435125295


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Ostensibly a book for children, "Kensuke's Kingdom" is a rather more mature account of a young cast-away on a Pacific island. He meets the eponymous 'hero' of the story, a Japanese soldier left behind by the war. The book is at times thrilling and moving, and the story of Kensuke's sorry history and the reasons for his dislike of visitors to the island is effectively told; the book's greatest weakness is my own rather than its: I am too old to fully appreciate it for what it is. Had I read this as a young adolescent I would remember it as fondly as I do "The Neverending Story."

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I loved this book. in particular, the main section of the book which takes place on the Island, Kensuke's Kingdom. Michael's struggles and the relationship that develops between Michael and Kensuke explore adversity, confusion and complexities of relationships. I bought this book because I like the picture of the Wave, and being a fan of Robinson Crusoe, I thought I might enjoy it before handing it over to my son - I did, I couldn't put it down and it made me cry.