Bea Wolf

Written by Zach Weinersmith

Illustrated by Boulet

A modern middle-grade graphic novel retelling of Beowulf, featuring a gang of troublemaking kids who must defend their tree house from a fun-hating adult who can instantly turn children into grown-ups.

"Glorious, accurate, profoundly silly and hilariously profound."

— Neil Gaiman

"As haunting, hilarious and perplexing as the ancient stories one hears around the campfire, castle or cafeteria."

— Lemony Snicket

"It's Seuss and Dahl's mutant offspring, gorgeous and darkly witty."

— Mary Roach

More Praise for Bea Wolf

"An instant classic. Like nothing I have ever seen. The unforgettable characters within Treeheart and their death-defying (and extremely funny) heroics now have a permanent place in my brain. This combination of impossibly charming art and boundlessly thrilling and hilarious text is a required addition to your family's library. I love this so much."

— Nathan Pyle

“This is true bardic glory, a wild embrace of absurdity and wit…“

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review

“Readers will wish they could pledge their plastic swords to defending Treeheart and the sanctity of wild childhoods everywhere.”

— School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Wonderfully weird.”

— Kirkus, Starred Review

“…a truly fresh, inventive remix…”

— Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

“…a madcap adventure that's a sheer delight to read out loud…boisterously demonstrating that not all historical literature is as bone dry as it might seem.”

— Booklist, Starred Review

About the Book

Listen! Hear a tale of mallow-munchers and warriors who answer candy’s clarion call!

Somewhere in a generic suburb stands Treeheart, a kid-forged sanctuary where generations of tireless tykes have spent their youths making merry, spilling soda, and staving off the shadow of adulthood. One day, these brave warriors find their fun cut short by their nefarious neighbor Grindle, who can no longer tolerate the sounds of mirth seeping into his joyless adult life.

As the guardian of gloom lays siege to Treeheart, scores of kids suddenly find themselves transformed into pimply teenagers and sullen adults! The survivors of the onslaught cry out for a savior—a warrior whose will is unbreakable and whose appetite for mischief is unbounded.

They call for Bea Wolf.

About the Authors

Zach Weinersmith is the creator of the popular webcomic SMBC, the creator of the nerd comedy show BAHFest, and the co-author of the New York Times bestselling popular science book, Soonish. He is the artist of First Second's Open Borders and the writer of Bea Wolf, a modern comedic retelling of the classic Beowulf epic.

Boulet was born and raised in France where he studied art in Dijon and Strasbourg. He started working in comics in the early 2000s and published a dozen books for young readers before creating, his worldwide-renowned website which got adapted in a series of 11 best-selling comic books.