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.