The Hobbit

by J. R. R. Tolkien

Recommended For: Those who enjoy fantasy and adventure.
Easy/ Hard Reading Rating: Easy/ Medium
Over All Rating: 5/5
 Mr. Bilbo Baggins lives a quiet life in his hobbit hole, happily eating at all the appropriate times and smoking on his doorstep. But one morning, a wizard pays him a visit, sending him on an adventure with a company of dwarves to steal treasure from the evil Smaug who is no other than a dragon! They go through many adventures just getting to Smaug’s cave, fainthearted Bilbo grows in his courage.
I really enjoyed this book, the first time I ever laid eyes on it when my Mum read it aloud to us, and it has been a favourite ever since. The Hobbit is a very light-hearted funny adventure, the main character, Bilbo finds himself in some very precautious situations at many times during the book, and (whilst always wishing for home) manages to get himself safely out of.
Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, almost dead and dark, with scarcely a snore more than a whiff of unseen steam, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin and piercing ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug’s left eye. He was only pretending to sleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance! Hurriedly Bilbo stepped back and blessed the luck of his ring. Then Smaug spoke.

Suggested Age for Enjoyable Reading: 10/11 and up for reading alone. Reading aloud for all ages.

If you enjoyed, you will also enjoy: The Lord of the Rings by J R. R. Tolkien, Tales from the Perilous Realm by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.

~ Meggie