KID BEOWULF, THE RISE OF EL CID, by Alexis E. Fajardo, Andrews McMeel Publishing


“Kid Beowulf is a gateway drug to the classics!” –

Book Three in the acclaimed Kid Beowulf graphic novel series!

Beowulf and Grendel are in war-torn Spain, where honor is hard-fought, allegiances are dubious, and the bulls run wild! Amidst it all comes a young knight named Rodrigo, who fights for the name he’s lost, the land he loves and the virtue they’ve both forgotten. Inspired by the epic poem BEOWULF, the Kid Beowulf series follows the adventures of 12-year-old twin brothers Beowulf and Grendel as they travel to distant lands and meet fellow epic heroes therein! Book three is inspired by the Spanish epic, El Cid. 7″x9″, BW, 240 pages

The Kid Beowulf series is similar to Bone, Asterix, and Avatar the Last Airbender.

“Students will be more than willing to exercise their good reading habits with Kid Beowulf. Highly recommended.” – The Graphic Classroom

“Kid Beowulf is filled with magic, intrigue, betrayal, and all the other good stuff that makes for a good story.” – Good Comics for Kids

“An engaging, action-packed, and modern adventure that smoothly introduces middle level and high school level students to the traditional Beowulf, Fajardo has hit a contemporary, literary home-run.” – Katie Monnin, PhD, Teaching Graphic Novels.

Out: August 7th, 2018


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is the third book in a great graphic novel series written by Alexis E Fajardo. Once again, you have a new take on historical characters, done up in an entertaining and fun concept.

With it being a graphic novel, part of the review must pertain to the artwork. The rendering and colors remind me of those used in the Tintin series, the twenty-four comic albums, a series created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé. By mixing history with art, you have an easy reading resource perfect for holding the attention of middle-graders who struggle to retain historical information.

With an abundance of action, plot twists and turns, funny characters and well-developed settings, this series is proving to be a masterful creation of educational properties, and a whole lot of fun too.

The only thing, if anything at all, is a few of the graphics seemed difficult to tell facial expressions during action scenes.  This took away from the impact of the narrative.

I gave this novel:






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