Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Beowulf by Gareth Hinds Review#6
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Candlewick; 1st Candlewick Press Ed edition (March 13, 2007)
From the Inside Cover:
First recorded in 1000A.D., the epic tale of the warrior prince Beowulf is here reinvented through Gareth Hinds's masterful and darkly beautiful illustrations. Grendel's black blood runs thick as Beowulf defeats the monster and his hideous mother, and a red fires rage in the hero's final battle against a ferocious dravon. From lightning-paced contests of muscle and will to the funeral boats burning on the fjords, all are rendered in glorious and gruesome detail. Told for more than a thousand years, Beowuld's heroic saga finds a true home in this graphic novel edition.
This was another quick read. The illustrations really depicted the details of the story. The graphic novel version of Beowulf is a great supplement to the original. In this version you a transported to a time of chivalry, were warriors defeat giants and go on to be honored even in death.
The story of of Beowulf has been a staple in English Literature since it has been spoken and written. This version is for someone who may not understand the concepts in the Old English form of the novel. It brings the words to life.
I recommend this for the 12th grader or even English Lit major who struggling to understand the story. I like it even though this is not my favorite story.
3/5 is my rating.
FCC Disclaimer: I checked this out at the library. I am an Amazon Associate. The opinions written here are solely my own.