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Graphic Universe:Beowulf (Age 9-14) [Library Binding]

Paul D. Storrie

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Book Description

Sept. 1 2007 Graphic Myths & Legends
Is Beowulf strong enough to slay the monstrous Grendel, a vicious monster who attacks the Danes by night?
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822567571
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822567578
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,519,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perhaps in anticipation of the forthcoming film, here is yet another Beowulf, this one packaged as a graphic novel in the Graphic Myths & Legends series. Jumping through the story at a rapid clip, the clean, vivid panels capture the high drama, whether in depictions of the brave, stern hero or the well-fanged monsters he bests. The abbreviated text nods to the original's style and tone, although readers new to the tale may have trouble with the myriad difficult-to-pronounce names, included even for minor characters. Still, this remains an easily digestible introduction to one of the earliest ogre-and-dragon tales. Chipman, Ian

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved by All! Aug. 18 2009
By jessbcuz - Published on
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Recommended by an English professor, I ordered this comic book version of Beowulf to supplement my reading of the original. Not a comic book reader, I was greatly impressed by the compressed version of the Beowulf tale this book presents, and would recommend it for anyone wanting to introduce themselves, or their children to this classic adventure tale. My son (6) promptly stole this off my desk, and reluctantly returns it to me, only to steal it again the next day. I would also like to add that the end of this book includes excellent source information, and additional suggestions if you (or your children) are interested in finding out more about this tale and time period.

I've ordered some others in this series and hope they will be as good!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 4 Year Old loved this version of Beowulf..... Sept. 1 2010
By Kiwi - Published on
Bought it for him a couple of weeks ago and I've had to read it to him every night. I have to say, this is a great way to introduce younger children to some of the Classics - I picked up Thor & Loki: In the Land of Giants: A Norse Myth (Graphic Myths and Legends) at the same time and he enjoys that, but not as much as Beowulf. The graphic novel stays faithful to the original story, altho it omits Beowulf's battle with the sea monsters - but it covers the Fight with Grendel, the slaying of Grendel's Mother and Beowulf's death battling the Dragon very effectively.

The illustrations are really well done, and the detail is apparantly based on genuine artifacts and weapons from the period in which Beowulf is set. Very educational, in that I spent a lot of time answering my boy's questions on everything - the ships, the swords and shield and armor, the way the hall of Heorot was built, who the people were, where they lived, you name it ....).

Recommend this highly, both for it's own sake as a great graphic novel version of the story, and as a version suitable for younger children. Necessarily, there is a bit of blood and the odd body part (you can't skip over ripping Grendels' arm off or hewing off the head of Grendel's mother or Beowulf being killed by the Dragon at the end without missing the key parts of the story after all) but that's usually not a problem for young boys! But overall, the gore isn't too graphic if that worries you.

Next, we're on to Gilgamesh the King (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) and ancient Sumer.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Son Loved It! Nov. 2 2008
By NM Mom - Published on
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This is a very nice comic book (graphic novel) version of the Beowulf story. My 10-year-old son LOVED it. He is normally a reluctant reader, but he read this in less than a day! This is a perfect book for reluctant readers who enjoy the fantasy genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great graphic novel, and a good one for introducing young readers to legends from around the world Aug. 4 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on
This book is part of Graphic Universe's Graphic Myths and Legends series. This one tells the part of the story of Beowulf - one of the first pieces of English literature. It's very well told, with a nice storyline that packs a lot of story into a small book. I found the illustration work to be quite excellent, just as good as in the other books in this great series.

This is a great graphic novel, and a good one for introducing young readers to legends from around the world. As for me, I definitely liked it.
5.0 out of 5 stars good book March 24 2014
By Stanley O. Smith Jr. - Published on
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It was action packed all around with mild violence I love it. I wood really recommend this book to people whoa don't want to read novels but graphic novels.

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