With the new movie coming out in December, I decided it was time to revisit The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit was one of my favorite books as a child, and I wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered. It was. The story begins with Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit. (In case you were wondering, a hobbit looks like a human but is much smaller and has hairy feet.) He is living a quiet, adventure-free life like hobbits are supposed to do. Then one day Gandalf the Wizard shows up, followed by 13 dwarfs, and the trouble starts. Bilbo is asked to join the group as their burglar. His job will be to steal the gold from the terrible dragon, Smaug. Along the way, Bilbo will face many hardships, including missing meals (did I mention that Hobbits really like to eat?), being chased by goblins, and getting lost in the forest. Will Bilbo survive? And will he ever be the same?
Before Harry Potter, there was The Hobbit. If you love fantasy, you won’t want to miss out on this fantastical tale.
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head