We finished reading The Hobbit last night

Which we’ve been reading to Roxanne slowly as a bedtime story. One of the first things she said when Amy was done reading the last chapter was: “Can we start again tomorrow?” I was so proud.

The Hobbit is definitely one of those books that sounds better read aloud rather than just read to yourself. We’ve skipped a few parts, and massaged the reading of the story to gloss over a few of the violent or scary scenes that Roxanne didn’t like (especially at bedtime). But The Hobbit is far closer to being appropriate for kids than the rest of The Lord Of The Rings is – the adventure is just great, and Roxanne really seems to like Bilbo now.

Wow – I just noticed that among many many other editions of Tolkien-related works, Amazon also has The Hobbit: A 3-D Pop-Up Adventure. Too bad it only features 5 scenes, the reviews seem to point out that they’re beautifully done.

Any suggestions on other classics we should try reading at bedtime next? I tried reading some Fairy chapter books last night, which Roxanne likes sometimes – but it was really hard going back to the overly simple structure that most kids books use in their writing. We’re ready for some stories that are approachable for kids, but written for adults (and preferably, stories Amy and I would like!)

5 thoughts on “We finished reading The Hobbit last night

  1. My parents read me The Hobbit at age 3 or so – I recollect enjoying it hugely more than any other book from those early days.

    They also described Lord of the Rings, but refused to read it to me. So I had to learn to read! There's nothing like real motivation to persuade a child to learn, and I'd read LOTR long before starting school at 5. You might be in a good position to pull the same trick!

    Revisited it when I lived in Italy. Shortly after moving there I went into a bookshop to find something to help with learning the language, and picked up what turned out to be an excellent translation of “Lo Hobbit” 🙂

  2. The entire Little House on the Prairie series is amazing. Better if read in order. There are two short stories i love. A Child's Christmas in Wales (of which there is a modern illustrated version) should be read at least twice in December. And, the Lumber Room by Saki. I do miss reading out loud at bedtime.

  3. Carroll, Lewis: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Lewis, C.S: Narnia books
    Some of the McCaffrey Books
    Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden
    Alcott, Louise May: Little Women
    Montgomery, L.M.: Anne of Green Gables (and sequels)
    O'Brien, Richard: Mrs. Frisby & Rats of NIMH
    White, E.B.: Charlotte's Web
    Kipling, Rudyard: Jungle Book
    Farley, Walter: The Black Stallion books
    Henry, Marguerite: Misty of Chincoteague and sequels
    duBois, William Pene: The Twenty-One Balloons
    Forbes,Esther: Johnny Tremain
    Old Yeller
    Where the Red Fern Grows
    Nancy Drew Mystery Series

    A lot of Newbery Award winners that are also “Young Adult” books.
    http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgr

    PS: I own most if you want to borrow any 🙂

    -SML

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