Beowuff and the Horrid Hen – Book Review

A very different slant on the Beowulf saga!  Viking dog Beowuff prefers a quiet life, avoiding heroics wherever possible.  Unfortunately, trouble seems to be attracted to him. 

Banished from his homeland and regarded as a disgrace to his ancestors; Beowuff promptly ends up a captive in the hands of Irish Vikings looking for someone to throw overboard to propriate the gods. 

Death is avoided by persuading others to jump overboard – but still he cannot avoid being shipwrecked.  This leads him to a great hall threatened by a monster hen, Hendel who is an evil chicken of monstrous proportions.  Unfortunately for Beowuff, his rescuers believe he is just the dog for dealing with this monster. 

As Beowuff twists and turns in his bid to avoid confrontations; his situation becomes ever more tense.  Yet throughout the book, there is always the humor; the play on words for which Mogzilla is famous.  You cannot help but smile at the activities of this anti-hero. 

I look forward to more stories featuring Beowuff – it may even succeed in encouraging children to look at the original stories.