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Banished from his homeland, Viking dog Beowuff finds himself shipwrecked on a troubled island. Its King needs a champion. His hall is under attack from the hideous Hendel – an evil chicken of monstrous proportions.
About the book:
Beowuff's story echoes the tale of 'Beowulf' - one of the earliest recorded poems in Old English (Anglo-Saxon).
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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.
Rating: 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 reimagining 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
Note from ed: Robin has asked us to point out that he co-wrote Beowuff and the Horrid Hen with viking guru Richard Eccles.
'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 Ruffgar, Slainpile, Greytongue and King Murderoc Bloodsacker.
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
“Professor Burns-Longship has made an incredible discovery! A manuscript in an
previously unknown language: Dog Viking. This will set historians’ tongues wagging from Oxford to Oslo.
– Mrs Burns-Longship, The Village Blog
“So far we know, the Vikings didn’t eat bones. And if they did, they would not bury them in their gardens.”
– Prof. Sven Smugaxe, Historian, Elkbridge University.
Author Events - arrange for the author to visit your school or library.
In Beowuff and the Dragon Raiders (the second book) our war-shy hero comes up against the fearsome Dragon Raiders.