The Hero Beowulf
The Hero Beowulf
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374306717, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 14, 2005
The epic warrior from earliest English literature
Beowulf was always a hero. As a child, he borrowed his father's sword to attack a nest of savage trolls that preyed on travelers. Now a young man, he seeks to defend the Danish king
Hrothgar from a monster named Grendel. King Hrothgar asks Beowulf, "Are you not afraid?" Beowulf replies, "Why should I fear? If I am fated to win, then Grendel cannot defeat me. If
I am fated to lose, then it has been my destiny since the day I was born." Sure of his role, if not of his success, Beowulf prepares to battle Grendel . . .
This story of Beowulf is an introduction to the classic confrontation between good and evil, pared to perfection by the author and brought to life in monumental acrylic paintings by the artist.
Eric A. Kimmel and Leonard Everett Fisher have collaborated on Don Quixote and the Windmills. The author lives in Portland, Oregon, and the illustrator lives in Westport, Connecticut.
"A great green monster, cool Viking gear, and powerful, concise language mark this book." - School Library Journal
"Kimmel retells the poem's best-known portion in accessible prose. It's hard to imagine a better introduction to the epic tradition than the double-page depiction of Beowulf's sea journey." -- Booklist
"A grand tale...well worth introducing to younger audiences." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Readers with a taste for mythic heroism and epic battle will find their appetites both whetted and sated in one fell stroke here." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Kimmel's...sinewy prose serves beautifully. The text is superimposed on luminous full-page paintings." -- The Washington Post Book World