This adapted rendition of Beowulf is very well written! I especially like the way the author has included pronunciation footnotes at the bottom on the page. I had a captive audience as I read this book to my three children (ages 14, 11, and 10). We traveled back to a time when kings, princes, and marsh monsters roamed the world. We wept with King Hrothgar as Grendel the marsh monster devoured his mighty men. We cheered for Prince Beowulf, full of courage, as he sought after the great marsh monster to put him to death. After reading Book One, my children and I can't wait for Book Two to be released!
The artwork is superb! At first, my opinion was that the art was dark. You really have to look and examine the pictures to get a full grasp of what the pictures are portraying. But after I thought about this a little longer, I think this is what great artwork should be. Everything in the illustration is not painfully obvious, but makes you examine and enjoy the piece in great detail. My artistic son really loved the pictures!
Kudos to the author for keeping the literary aspect accurate while bringing Beowulf to life for younger readers.