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Old 3rd Dec 2004, 22:55   #1
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Default Michael Morpurgo: Kensuke's Kingdom

Michael Morpurgo is the current children's laureate which is one reason I chose this book to read. The other reason is the cover, that has echoes of Hokusai's art.
I found the first 3 or 4 chapters pretty bland but it really picked up pace after that.
The story is of a young boy taking a round the world boat trip with his intrepid parents. He is left manning the boat one night, falls in, sees the boat disappearing, nearly drowns then wakes the next morning washed up on an island. Here he meets Kensuke, a Japanese man self-exiled since the war, believing his family is dead.
The story was too short. the relationship between them is really touching. By the end of the book, boy and reader wonder if it wouldn't be more interesting if his parent's didn't end up finding him.
Well worth a read. Well worth buying for small people this Christmas. Aimed at 9-12's.
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Thanks kumpuat,

I am always looking for recommendations for children's books. I have five grandsons, ages 9 yr thru 8 mo. I use to work in a small bookstore and I was able to find so many nice books, now it is harder because I really don't have any idea what is out there.
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That would be "kumquat" not kumpuat. With me one never knows if it is a typo or a spelling error :?
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