This is a staple of any fantasy collection. It's a small, nice looking simple cover that matches the rest of this set, at a reasonable cost. I was surprised to see some black and white line illustrations in it. Other reviewers have commented on the type being too small. Personally, I never noticed this at all. It seemed pretty standard size to me.
Arrived quickly, the book was in perfect condition and the story is timeless. Every home should have this classic, my only disappointment is the cover .. .. it's pretty boring and doesn't reflect the amazingness of the story.
Have you not read this book yet? You are missing something! So much better than lord of the rings - if you liked the Sam and Frodo sections. Should be part of every library - you will read it more than once!
I cannot say anything negative about The Hobbit or LOTR that's how much I love these books. Hadn't read either in years so with the release of the Hobbit trilogy films I figured it was time to get reacquainted. I'm so glad I did. This "little" book is jam packed with adventure and just plain fabulous. My mom read these books to me as a kid and I would recommend all mothers do that, what special memories that keep you coming back for more visits to the Shire and beyond. No doubt it will get read a few more times of the years.
This is quite a small volume, and slips easily into a bag or roomy pocket. It is printed on nice thick paper and the cover is also sturdy. The print is small (had to wear my strongest readers) but clear.
It was fun to read this "prequel" again. It is more lighthearted and fairy-tale than the Lord of the Rings volumes, but that too has its charms. Unfortunately, the recent Peter Jackson movie confused fairy-tale with cheesy campiness, but that is for another review! May Mr. Jackson regain his senses quickly.
The best parts of the book are the conversations Bilbo has with individuals, in particular Gollum and Smaug. Nice to hear it all again.
I found the book astounding different then that of the movies. It gripped you from beginning to end. It wasn't full of plot twists and turns that would make it less clear of the purpose of the story. Whereas in the movies they filled with more story then was necessary and Hollywoodized it. Most of all this book has no love story which was a nice change.