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Kid Beowulf: The Rise of El Cid by [Alexis E. Fajardo]

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About the Author

Alexis E. Fajardo is a student of the classics—whether Daffy Duck or Damocles—and has created a unique blend of the two with Kid Beowulf. When he's not drawing comics, he works for them at the Charles M. Schulz Studio in Santa Rosa, California. Lex does not live in a castle but would like to one day with his wife and his dog, Loki. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Kid Beowulf, vol. 3: The Rise of El Cid is a great choice for young readers who enjoy mythological and adventure stories. Fans of the graphic novel series will be thrilled with this latest book and look forward to the next adventure. Public and school librarians will want to have this latest installment on their shelves, especially for their 3rd-6th grade readers. - Gloria Romano, No Flying, No Tights

"Imagination and history converge in this graphic-novel mashup of Beowulf and El Cid." - Kirkus Reviews
In this third volume, young Beowulf and Grendel are stranded in Spain,wanting to return to their home, Daneland. The pair meets up with a duo of ne'er-do-wells who want human Beowulf and horned Grendel to impersonate the god Mithras and his bull Tauro to swindle devout pilgrims. Meanwhile, in another region of Spain, knight Rodrigo Díaz makes a split-second decision that results in his exile. The narratives of Rodrigo and Beowulf slowly entwine when Rodrigo, now christened El Cid, wages a battle against Moor Ibn Yusuf. As the narratives merge,antics ensue, although mostly for Beowulf and Grendel; Rodrigo's account is more sedate and serious. New historical characters are introduced,most notably Boudi, a 9-year-old imagining of first-century Queen Boudica. The addition of
El Cid into the series is interesting but never seems to jell with it, the storyline leaning heavily on exposition and curbing action until close to the conclusion. Somewhat discordant with the visually vibrant illustrations, this volume is text-heavy, making this a bit of a challenge for young readers seeking a one-sitting romp. Beowulf, Boudi, and Rodrigo are all white, but this medieval Spain is appropriately multicultural. Pages of thought-provoking backmatter include a brief biography of Boudica, a history of Mithras, and a detailed explanation of El Cid. Something of a stumble in an otherwise fun series. (maps, key terms, character glossary, fun facts, bibliography) (Graphic fantasy. 7-11) - Kirkus Reviews, published June 25, 2018

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Young readers will be enthralled by the setting and the adventure, laugh at the jokes and take in the accompanying history." - Ian Keogh, The Slings & Arrows Graphic Novel Guide

A third outing for Alexis E. Fajardo's
Kid Beowulf is very welcome, and after the tour around the pre-Renaissance France in The Song of Roland, Beowulf and his less human looking, but nonetheless twin brother Grendel are heading to Spain. The legend of El Cid is related in rhyming couplets and washed out illustration as the prologue, but that's not the person Beowulf and Grendel meet, who's Rodrigo, a young knight desperately trying to prove himself worthy. Unfortunately that's for a dishonourable Lord on a dishonourable mission. His path almost crosses Beowulf in Pamplona, but Beowulf and Grendel have other concerns, not least running into all purpose rogues Emer and Ermlaf, also stranded in Spain.


There's a considerable density to Fajardo's stories,not just in the form of adventures, bonding and laughs, but in the transmission of history and myths. He painlessly educates, and the map on the inside front cover will require frequent consultation as we learn about the cities of Pamplona and Toledo, the pilgrim's route across Northern Spain, and the political maneuvering in a separated land. That, however, is just the background to a clever adventure that eventually comes together in two separate strands. Beowulf and Grendel's efforts to return to Daneland are the comedy relief, while Rodrigo's grand adventure plays out on the other pages.


As previously, the cartooning is a delight, loose and expressive, with Fajardo really putting in the effort, regularly featuring several people per panel, and frequently as full figures. When needed, he's great with movement, the cast having a real life to them when in action or running, and Fajardo also gives character to the pig that accompanies Beowulf (like Spip the squirrel in
Spirou & Fantasio). One wonderful scene features a grumpy horse, and Rodrigo has a mutefriend using a chalkboard to communicate. Make sure to check what he has to say.

Over the seventy page final chapter everything pulls together sweetly as almost the entire cast has found their way to the small, but strategically located town of Calahorra. Trouble makers discover they may have bitten off more than they can chew, and some very complicated situations are cleverly resolved. One smart aspect is that although they may see each other briefly, Rodrigo and Beowulf never actually meet despite their circumstances being nicely entwined.Although neither knows it, each owes the other a favour.


Admiration of technical skill, however, is structure behind the scenes, and there's never a point where Fajardo forgets he's producing an all-ages read. Young readers will be enthralled by the setting and the adventure, laugh at the jokes and take in the accompanying history, although some is fudged for the sake of a better story. For those wanting the true information, as in the previous books, there's a dozen pages of bonus material. Fajardo sees the three books he's completed to date as the first trilogy and a separating point, with the next adventure heading toward Rome. It's one to look forward to. - Ian Keogh,
The Slings & Arrows Graphic Novel Guide --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07D71QRP5
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Andrews McMeel Publishing (August 7, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 7, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 610194 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
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Alexis E. Fajardo is an Eisner award-winning editor and cartoonist. Lex has created a unique blend of comedy, literature, and high-adventure in his middle-grade graphic novel series, Kid Beowulf. Lex is a member of the National Cartoonist’s Society, SCBWI, and been a juror for the National Writing Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Discover more at kidbeowulf.com

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