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Beowulf [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Kevin Crossley-Holland , Charles Keeping
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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6 May 1999
This is the story of a young man who travelled far across the sea to fight two terrifying monsters-one who could rip a man apart and drink his blood, the other who lived like a sea-wolf at the bottom of a dark, blood-stained lake. His name was Beowulf, and his story was written down in Anglo-Saxon in the eighth century. Kevin Crossley-Holland retells the story for children in strong, rhythmical prose, with striking illustrations by Charles Keeping. The paperback edition is now reissued with a new cover.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (6 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192723693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192723697
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Asks to be placed immediately in the hands of every child...reads aloud resoundingly."--The School Librarian"The strong, alliterative prose has something of the same quality as the splendid Old English verse. A remarkable achievement."--Children's Books of the Year

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Kevin Crossley-Holland is a British author, poet, and editor well-known to both young and old readers. Among his most recent books for children are Folktales of the British Isles and Axe-Age, Wolf-Age.Charles Keeping has illustrated over 100 children's books, including several of his own, and has twice won the British Library Association's Kate Greenaway Medal. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Keeping 16 Oct 2013
By Hatchoo
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I thought it was worth adding a note about the illustrator Charles Keeping. Keeping rose from very humble origins to be a significant and influential postwar illustrator. His work was unconventional and always conveyed a stark emotional intensity that sits particularly well with Beowulf. He never patronised his audience and that sometimes means you have to work a little harder than you are used to engage with his artwork, it also means that when they work, his illustrations genuinely add to the experience of reading. His book "Through the Window" and his edition of "The Highwayman" are particularly good as are his illustrations for the books of Alan Garner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must have in library 23 Aug 2014
Nearly as good as Morpurgo version. Beautiful pictures, though.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner for Beowulf 1 Oct 2003
By Erin
I am reading this children's course for my graduate class in children's literature. It is a great recreation for children and uses literary devices in the actual beowulf. It is a little gruesome, as Beowulf typically is, and the illustrations aren't entirely intriquing and are only in black ink. However, they go well with the story. I would recommend this to young readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Aug 2014
By geg
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Beautiful illustrations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beowulf (for children) 12 Jun 2010
Personally, I should have liked an indication that this book was intended for children. However, the quality of the translation and the empathy which Kevin Crossley-Holland has for Anglo-Saxon and Norse literature, negates any criticism. This should be in the library of everyone proud of their Anglo-Saxon heritage.
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