submitted by KateTopham on July 11, 2011, 10:44 pm
In this prequel, to the Lord of the Rings series, J.R.R. Tolkien takes the reader on a marvelous journey that introduces the world of Middle-Earth. It is a great way to introduce younger readers to Tolkien's style, as the later books may be harder for them to get through. It is also a very good read before the complete Lord of the Rings series, as it is referenced many times.
I would highly reccommend it. Although Tolkien can be difficault to get through in some places, it is very rewarding.
I read The Hobbit a few years ago in high school, and it was quite enjoyable. Tolkien invites us into a very charming and imaginative world, and the adventures of the characters should be interesting to adults and children alike. Tolkien does have a more wordy style and includes lots of songs/poems that do not necessarily further the plot. Some people love them, so people don't. Personally, I found them charming, though I could have done without a couple.
At twelve years old my favorite book was The Hobbit. I have not reread it since that age but I remember it being exciting to read such a large, adult seeming book at the time. If you have any kids looking for a longer summer read that enjoy fantasy stories try Tolkien on for size. This is especially recommendable for kids that have already read series such as Harry Potter, Pendragon, or The Chronicles of Narnia but want to move on to something more challenging. Plus after finishing the book they can look forward to watching the awesome animated movie based on the story, which the library also carries.