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Beowulf [Paperback]

Michael Morpurgo , Michael Foreman
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Book Description

5 Nov 2007
In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; 1 edition (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406305979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406305975
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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"With Morpurgo's expert retelling and Foreman's masterly spreads... this is quite perfect, as is the production." The Children's Bookseller on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (9781844287307)"

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo, the 2003 2005 Children's Laureate, is widely recognized as a master storyteller, and has won numerous awards for his work, including the Smarties Book Prize, the Writer's Guild Award and the Children's Book Award (for The Wreck of the Zanzibar). Michael lives in Devon.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish and Inspiring 12 Dec 2007
Beowulf is the oldest surviving Old English poem. It has been retold many times, by many great authors. This is Michael Morpurgo's version. It is a triumph. It is full of grandeur and passion and high drama, breathing new life into the oldest story known to the English. My sons listened as I read, then read it alone.

Beowulf is lavishly illustrated. The artist, Michael Foreman is, as ever, right on the button. His vision is strong and powerful, the colours are bold and the emotions are high but the whole feel is an otherworldy one. The atmosphere is one of high drama and passion but there is nothing to threaten,the effect is inspiring.

I was surprised by the lack of authorial explanation on the source poem, this is my only gripe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great! 16 Mar 2009
My son (aged 9) is looking at Beowolf at school and this is a great read. Colourful, exciting and well- written. Very good to read and be read to.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 14 Jun 2010
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This book is a brilliant adaptation of the traditional story/poem. It is easy to follow and I'm using it with some Year 7s prior to doing role play. Michael Morpurgo has done it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wilderness of dragons 17 Jun 2011
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I first bought this book to see if it could be a summer reading for my first year students - 14 year-old Italian kids. I won't know how they'll like it till September, but I must say I did. The illustrations are really fine, especially the pictures of the Death Dragon, the language is rich and tries to retain at least echoes of the original alliterative technique. It is much better than the films that have been made from the poem. I suppose for native speakers it could be good at a younger age, anyway it is surely going to be involving - the adventures, the creatures prowling the night, the great hero - epic appeals to kids, and not necessarily only boys. And who knows, some could go all the way from reading this prose version, to reading the poem in some years time - it is so beautiful. Some ( very few,slightly crazy, but happy) could even become so enthralled by this archaic world as to end up as students of Old English and read the original. Whaet!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 28 Jan 2013
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A beautiful edition of Beowulf, brilliant illustrations - good for children and adults alike, a very very good adaption of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant author 22 Jan 2014
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I wanted this as a teaching aid, It helped be update my knowledge of the story and will be great for a more able reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish illustrations and beautifully told 7 Feb 2013
By Penny
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I have read this book over the last week to my 5yo and 3yo sons - they absolutely loved it, and are now constantly re-enacting Beowulf scenes around the house...

The language is beautiful - accessible to children but with a real feel for the original

The illustrations are wonderful - the book looks like an object of art, would make a lovely gift.

Can't praise this enough really.
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