Title: Kensuke's Kingdom
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Length: 176 pages
Genre: Realistic Fiction, survival
Series or Stand Alone: Stand alone
Format: Paperback in classroom library
Content appropriate for: Grades 4-7
Three adjectives that describe this book: believable, engaging, simple
Kensuke's Kingdom is a straight-forward survival story. Michael and his dog, Stella, are only able to survive on the island thanks to the help of a mysterious and possibly dangerous stranger was stranded there many years before.
This short book is rather simple, but totally captivating. The plot is sparse, leaping forward many weeks at a time, but the story really centers on the emerging relationship between Michael and the island's other inhabitant, Kensuke.
One student reviewer called this book "quiet" and I think that's spot-on. Some reviewers have criticized the straight-forward plot and characters, but I think that this really characterizes the book and is one of its strengths. of This is a survival story that will grab many 3rd-7th graders who are hesitant readers. I only wish that the American cover was more appealing!
This review is part of the A to Z Challenge.