The Beowuff Saga – set of 2 books
This epic adventure series by Professor Burns Longship is set in a parallel world, in ancient Rome ruled by dogs! Beowuff's story echoes the tale of 'Beowulf' – one of the earliest recorded poems in Old English (Anglo-Saxon).
'Beowulf is one of the earliest recorded poems in Old English and Beowuff and the Horrid Hen is a great way to introduce this classic tale to confident readers.' Scholastic Education Plus Dec 2011
What the reviewers say:
'… and if you believe that (Burns-Longship) is the author's real name, you'll believe anything! The first in a new series for readers of 7+…It would be great fun to read aloud and share with a class.'
'My favourite part was when Beowuff tricked King Ruffgar into giving him gold, meat and meat-mead for bait to catch and kill Hendel the Hen (the evil chicken who had been attacking the King's people). But really Beowuff was planning to run away with the gold and feast upon the food himself. I think it is a fantastic book for young people who want to enjoy a funny historical story. I would give it 9 / 10.' Emily (aged 7) for Young Archaeologists Club magazine
'It was surely only a matter of time before the creator of the witty and popular Spartapuss series of adventures, set in a feline-focused version of ancient Rome, found another historical direction to explore with his tireless punnery and scholarly attention to detail. Beowuff is a hilarious re imagining of the earliest recorded poem in Old English, combining shamelessly silly wordplay (for example, our furry and fallible hero must defeat Hendel, an evil, giant chicken) with authentically Anglo-Saxon literary language and conceits.' Teach Primary Magazine Nov 2011
'Beowuff and the Horrid Hen is a fast-paced adventure set in a world populated by warrior dogs. Older children will love the inventive vocabulary, which is often stomach-churning. For example, 'His breath smelled worse than a bone-digger's loot-sack' or 'You disgusting streak of sea-snot!' Even the character names are great fun as well as Beowuff and Hendel, you'll encounter King Ruffgar, Slainpile, Greytongue and King Murderoc Bloodsacker. Scholastic Education Plus Dec 2011
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