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Michael on the island

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19.06.2008

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Mystery makes the book an interesting read

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Aimed at children

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Author:Michael Morpurgo, a British author who was born in 1943, growing up in wartime London. He held the title of children's laurerate from 2003-2005. Kensuke's Kingdom is one of his favourite books out of the books he himself has written.

Kensuke's Kingdom: The book was published in 1982. Although it was written for children, it was also well received by adults, increasing its popularity. Although it is not the most successful book by Morpurgo, it is one which is often used at school level.

Plot: Michael's parents take him away from his school, his friends and his life after his father buys a boat called the Peggy Sue. Alongside his parents and his loyal dog, Stella Artois, the family decide to travel around the world. During a storm in the Pacific Ocean, Michael and his dog are washed overboard. When they awake, they discover that they are on a deserted island.

Michael is surprised to see food provided for him, and it is when he is attacked by jellyfish during a swim in the sea that he sees who is behind this. It is an elder man named Kensuke who has lived on the island. The two form a friendship, with Michael teaching Kensuke to read and write, while Kensuke teaches him the way of survival on the island, and they work together to provide food and shelter. But how long will Michael have to wait? Will he meet his parents again or is he destined to a life on the island, like Kensuke?

Thoughts: This book is suitable for children, especially those who enjoy adventure stories,with the use of language and detaile used. Although the book is aimed at children, I found it just as interesting as I had done reading the book as a child. The use of first person makes Michael easy to identify with, and the mysteries of the island draw readers towards the end. The greatest mystery is the identity of Kensuke, whoose emotions come across strongly for a man who says little, and it is intriguing to finally discover his history. I would recommend this for children, and adults too.

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lorna_call 19.06.2008 23:22

Good review.

headcase44 19.06.2008 23:02

Good review....Michael Morpurgo came to do a book review in the school that I was teaching at in 2003. He is such a gentleman. Thanks. J.

just.bcoz 19.06.2008 22:53

Good review; I've never heard of this book before

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