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Published
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press c2006.
Edition
1st U.S. ed
Language
English
Physical Description
92 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN
0763632066
9780763632069
Main Author
Michael Morpurgo (-)
Other Authors
Michael Foreman, 1938- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

In dignified, stately prose, Morpurgo retells the ancient epic that "troubles and terrifies us now as much as ever it did our ancestors, for we still fear the evil that stalks out there in the darkness and beyond." Matching the heroic tone of the narrative is Foreman's elegant watercolor art, which portrays dim, torch-lit medieval settings and epic battles between the gallant Beowulf and the terrifying monsters. The richly delineated illustrations make the book appear to be for middle-grades, but Morpurgo's Beowulf, like Rosemary Sutcliff's version (1961), retains the robust, violent nature of the original tale and is best suited for somewhat older students. ((Reviewed March 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up Morpurgo retells the classic story of the courageous young warrior from the land of Geats (now southern Sweden) who used his brute strength to save the neighboring Danes, then his own kinsmen, by slaying two horrible monsters, a sea serpent, and a massive dragon. The tale has been divided into three segments: the story of the monster Grendel's defeat; the slaying of his mother, the sea-hag; and the battle with the death dragon of the deep. Morpurgo has retold the tale in twisting, long-winded sentences that call to mind the way in which old epics were recounted by poets and bards. The text-filled pages framed with a Celtic-style border are broken up with small watercolor illustrations tucked here and there to help move things along. Many attractive full-page watercolor and pastel paintings illustrate important action-filled scenes battles, a banquet, and Beowulf's funeral pyre. Morpurgo's short acknowledgment states that his inspiration for this version of the Old English classic came from the likes of Seamus Heaney, Rosemary Sutcliffe, and Kevin Crossley-Holland. The lack of introductory material and historical background is noticeable but overall this is a fine retelling. Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH [Page 166]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A powerful retelling of Britain's oldest epic vividly brings to life a Scandinavian warrior named Beowulf who, after defeating two great evils, meets his match in the death-dragon of the deep.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A retelling in prose of the Anglo-Saxon epic about the heroic efforts of Beowulf, son of Edgetheow, to save the people of Heorot hall from the terrible monster, Grendel.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A retelling of Britain's oldest epic vividly brings to life a Scandinavian warrior named Beowulf who, after defeating two great evils, meets his match in the death-dragon of the deep, Grendel.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The acclaimed author and illustrator of SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT return with an exhilarating edition of Britain's oldest epic.Long ago there was a Scandinavian warrior who fought three evils so powerful they could destroy whole kingdoms. Standing head and shoulders above his comrades, Beowulf single-handedly saves the land of the Danes from a merciless ogre named Grendel and then from his sea-hag mother. But it is his third terrible battle, with the death-dragon of the deep, in which he truly meets his match. Lovers of heroes, monsters, and the drama of battle will find this retelling as enthralling as it is tragic.