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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 x 1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,519 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)"

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The epic Anglo-Saxon legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author/illustrator team. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Curran on 12 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Christina on 19 Oct. 2013
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I had just finished reading the Seamus Heaney translation when I thought my grandson who is 10 would love this tale of the hero Beowulf. Obviously the Heaney version wasn't suitable for one so young but when I read the Morpurgo version I knew it would be just perfect for a 10 year old boy. The book is full of monsters and brave warriors without the soppy love stories though my grandson says he is OK with those as well!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Vikki Ewen on 16 Mar. 2009
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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 By Amazon Customer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily Louise on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The bookloving Norman on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Fielden on 24 Nov. 2013
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I have fond memories of the story of Beowulf and Michael Morpurgo has sympathetically adapted this story. The illustrations are just fantastic, this is a quality product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs H Parsons on 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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