My little JJ is an avid reader, you often find him lying on his bed with a book and I love that. As a reader myself I am so pleased my love of books has passed onto him. Especially when you see all the research showing that boys nowadays are not interested in books and they would rather play with their computer games. Well yes, JJ might if I let him but we work on the principle of balance in this house and thus he is time controlled on his games and needs to choose other options as well and for him that tends to be Lego and reading.
He loves non-fiction books and sucks up knowledge at an amazing rate, he has also just got into comics like The Beano and The Dandy and his love of Enid Blyton and Jacqueline Wilson has moved onto J. K. Rowling and J. R. R Tolkien. Yes he is just reading The Hobbit and he tells me he loves it. When he learnt that the book is being made into a film and it will be screened at the end of this year he did an audible whoop!
At age 8 JJ found the Hobbit a little difficult to read to himself at first, he was complaining of too many difficult words that he did not understand. So we moved to reading the story aloud together and discussing anything that he did not understand. This was actually a lovely experience and gave us some blessed alone time most evenings. What I found was that the story was a little slow at first but then it really paced up and was completely captivating. Tolkien is the most amazing story teller and he really paints a picture in your head with his descriptions of trolls, dwarfs, the forest, well everything really.
The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which are so well known nowadays. This story of the gentle hobbit Bilbo Baggins in the mythical land of middle-earth is beautiful and enchanting. You really do get swept up with the story and taken on a journey, which culminates with a breath taking ending.
It goes without saying that this book is well written, it would not have remained in print for the last 75 years if it was not.
Take a look at the trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey which releases on 14th December 2012.
You can also check out some great Hobbit facts on the official blog.
The Hobbit books is a bit of a bargain, you can get it on Amazon at the moment for just £4.86.
JJ and I would highly recommend this book and we give it a 9/10.
So how do you fancy reading the Hobbit to your kids before they can view the movie? I have 2 copies up for grabs by a couple of lucky readers -
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Disclosure: I was sent this book free of charge for the purposes of this review. I have not been instructed what to write and I remain honest.