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Bea Wolf

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ancient tale gets sweet twist in delightful graphic novel.

Bea Wolf book cover: Girl wearing a teddy bear hat with arms crossed and serious expression on her face stands atop a pile of stuffed animals, surrounded by piles of gold-coated candy, donuts, and other goodies

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Satire is difficult to do well, but this adaptation of a very old tale hits the mark. In Bea Wolf, writer Zach Weinersmith and artist Boulet concoct a saga suitable for a vast range of readers -- basically, everyone who loves to laugh. It's clever enough to appeal to kids whose imaginations and flair for the absurd are still intact and to adults who will be cajoled into remembering the magic of childhood and pulled in by the humor. Adult's familiar with Beowolf will appreciate how closely the author has adapted the original -- maintaining the kennings, alliteration, and rhythms. The black and white art is stunning and richly layered. Take time to study details like book titles in the backgrounds of pictures as no feature was chosen randomly. Readers of all ages will be richly rewarded with reading and re-reading this wonderful graphic novel.

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