This unique retelling of the ancient Anglo Saxon poem Beowulf is told from the point of view of fourteen year old Wiglaf, Beowulf s youngest kinsman Through Wiglaf s visions and the stories he hears from his grandfather, a riveting tale unfolds how Beowulf saved the Danes by fighting the evil troll Grendel, and how he then killed Grendel s enraged mother When Wiglaf meets Beowulf, he becomes the youngest warrior in his court, and his fierce loyalty to the king leads to a surprising end in a deadly fight with a fire breathing dragonCarefully researched and true in spirit to the Old English poem, Welwyn Wilton Katz has written a compelling version of a literary classic suited to young readers Gal s illustrations have the brilliant color of an illuminated manuscript This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Dear students,Were you assigned Beowulf to read for school Do not try to cheat by using this book as it is very different from the original and you will get a bad grade The most accurate parts are the tone of pathos which is present in some portions of the poem, and the bit where Grendel gets his arm ripped off If you just want to read about a vaguely medieval warrior hero and his psychic sidekick fighting monsters then well, this still isn t the best book in that category, but it is ok A Dear students,Were you assigned Beowulf to read for school Do not try to cheat by using this book as it is very different from the original and you will get a bad grade The most accurate parts are the tone of pathos which is present in some portions of the poem, and the bit where Grendel gets his arm ripped off If you just want to read about a vaguely medieval warrior hero and his psychic sidekick fighting monsters then well, this still isn t the best book in that category, but it is ok And short But really you d havefun reading the real Beowulf, or one of the many vaguely medieval fantasy novels that feature swordsmen and wizards fighting monsters I m sure you can track one down Las ilustraciones de Laszlo Gal en esta edici n son una maravilla Tanto para aquellos que no hayan le do esta obra como para los fan ticos, vale mucho la pena. Title Beowulf Author Welwyn Wilton KatzIllustrator Laszlo GalGenre European FolktaleTheme s good vs evil, wisdom, bravery, fate, loyalty, Opening line sentence Deep night lay over the three small buildings of the last steading of the Waegmundings Brief Book Summary Beowulf has a large reputation for being a brave and amazing warrior The Danes call upon him to defeat the demon Grendel Beowulf kills both Grendel and his mother when she comes after him for revenge Beowulf is a hero but o Title Beowulf Author Welwyn Wilton KatzIllustrator Laszlo GalGenre European FolktaleTheme s good vs evil, wisdom, bravery, fate, loyalty, Opening line sentence Deep night lay over the three small buildings of the last steading of the Waegmundings Brief Book Summary Beowulf has a large reputation for being a brave and amazing warrior The Danes call upon him to defeat the demon Grendel Beowulf kills both Grendel and his mother when she comes after him for revenge Beowulf is a hero but once he is old he fights a dragon and kills the dragon, but he dies because the dragon infected him with venom before being killed The Danes bury Beowulf with massive treasure honoring the hero Professional Recommendation Review 1 cut paste, details bellow Val Nielsen CLCD CM Magazine, March 17, 2000 Vol.VI, No.14 In Beowulf, Katz s faith in her young readers intelligence, combined with her ability to translate mythology into gripping stories, has given middle years readers a rare chance to enjoy a story which has echoed through literature forthan a thousand years No school library, elementary, junior or high school, should miss acquiring this treasure Professional Recommendation Review 2 cut paste, details bellow Louise FoersterCLCD The Lorgnette Heart of Texas Reviews Vol 13, No 4 because the story is not too long and involved, and the text is very well illustrated, this classic will hold the interest of the reader Nearly every other page contains a fabulous painting based on the art of the Vikings Response to Two Professional Reviews I agree with both of these reviews I read Beowulf when I was in high school but my edition did not have pictures and it was much harder to comprehend Katz has written this folktale in a way that is comprehendible and engaging for upper elementary students and above yet still stays true to the roots of the story The illustrations are noteworthy and bring the story to life through incredible and detailed pictures Evaluation of Literary Elements The illustrations of this book are the best part They are carefully detailed to the point where you could erase the text and still be able to read the story The detailing and color schemes of the demon Grendel and his mother are both terrifying and strategically designed Properties from Molly Bang s Picture This such as dark colors and sharp facial expressions have been used to create a scary effect Consideration of Instructional Application This book I feel is too long for a read aloud, but this might be a book that I would teach to 7th or 8th graders I would assign a few pages at a time and then have in class discussions to check for comprehension As a comprehension extension activity, I would have students play Beowulf Bingo