Parents' Guide to

The Hobbit

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Brilliantly written, inventive pre-LOTR tale.

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age 8+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 10+
age 11+
I think the average age for reading aloud is 6+ and the average age for reading to yourself is 11+. It contains a few very sad deaths and my daughter nearly cried when one of the most important characters died. As well, it contains evil elves, goblins and dangerous wolves. Bilbo Baggins & Co were nearly killed more than once, saved by some swift escape. Otherwise, I think J.R.R.Tolkien is a very nice author, although I don’t recommend thoroughly this book.

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Too much violence
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (131 ):

There are few worlds more richly imagined than Tolkien's Middle Earth. Readers would get caught up just in his exquisitely imaginative details if it weren't for the nonstop adventure; it's a perfect balance. Add to that a wonderful main character -- the hairy-footed little hobbit who truly triumphs -- and you have the perfect fantasy-adventure. This is how it's done.

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