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Beowulf - Michael Morpurgo

Paperback Published: 1st February 2014
ISBN: 9781406348873
Number Of Pages: 160
For Ages: 7+ years old

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The epic Anglo-Saxon legend is brilliantly recreated by an award-winning author/illustrator team.

In fifth-century Denmark, a murderous monster stalks the night, and only the great prince of the Geats has the strength and courage to defeat him. Beowulf's terrifying quest to destroy Grendel, the foul fiend, a hideous sea-hag and a monstrous fire-dragon is the oldest surviving epic in British literature.

Artfully retold and magnificently illustrated, this companion volume to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is made instantly accessible to children by a formidable children's book partnership.

About the Author

Michael Morpurgo was 2003 - 2005 Children's Laureate, has written over one hundred books and is the winner of many awards, including the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Children's Book Award. His books are translated and read around the world and his hugely popular novel War Horse, already a critically acclaimed stage play, is now a successful feature film. Michael and his wife, Clare, founded the charity Farms for City Children and live in Winkleigh, Devon.

About the Illustrator

Michael Foreman is one of the world's leading illustrators. He has won several major awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal, most recently for War Boy. His titles for Walker Books include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Why the Animals Came to Town, Mia's Story, Say Hello and A Child's Garden. He lives in London.

Industry Reviews

This complete rendition is distinguished by both handsome packaging and a prose narrative that artfully mixes alliterative language reminiscent of the original, with currently topical references"

ISBN: 9781406348873
ISBN-10: 1406348872
Audience: Children
For Ages: 7+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st February 2014
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.13

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Michael Morpurgo

About the Author


Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. 


After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to write. He left teaching after ten years in order to set up 'Farms for City Children' with his wife. They have three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire, open to inner city school children who come to stay and work with the animals. 

In 1999 this work was publicly recognised when he and his wife were awarded an MBE for services to youth. He is also a father and grandfather, so children have always played a large part in his life. Every year he and his family spend time in the Scilly Isles, the setting for three of his books. 

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