Review by Booklist Review
Gr. 5-12. This handsome full-color graphic novel, printed on matte-coated stock, conveys both the spirit and the intent of the original Tolkien story. Hand lettered by Bill Pearson, the text adapts Tolkien's own words in the dialogue and the necessary, brief explanatory passages, but it is the evocative artwork that does the most to move the tale along, capturing characters and events in satisfying detail. This introduction to the classic story that will entice reluctant readers as well as those who love the adventures of Bilbo Baggins and his companions. (Reviewed Sept. 1, 1991)0345368584Sally Estes
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Between the film release of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, this is the season of the magical movie, and this audiobook is an inevitable spinoff. Countless readers have grown up on the adventures of the little furry hobbits who crave good food and a warm bed, but wind up trapped in caves, attacked by spiders and burdened by a dizzying assortment of treacherous adventures. While the stories are quite intricate, the message of good triumphing over evil is always evident. This appealing theme of the downtrodden overcoming obstacles is what keeps listeners' attention. There is so much action on this dramatization that listeners may often feel pulled in many directions. The narrators, including Ray Reinhardt as Bilbo and Bernard Mayes as Gandalf, are engaging, and the sound effects (including noises in the cave or forest, or the hobbits sitting down to a meal) are also quite strong. But those not already familiar with the story may find it difficult to distinguish between the various characters or keep track of all the action. Listeners will probably want to read the book along with listening, or perhaps listen and then watch the movie. The tapes are presented in a rustic-looking wooden box, making this appropriate for gift giving. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Review by Library Journal Review
First published in the U.K. in 1937, this is the volume that introduced the world to hobbits, Middle-earth, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the wizard, and the Ring of power. A new edition, formatted for younger readers, was released in August and features cover art by Peter S!s (ISBN 0-618-16221-6. $18; pap. ISBN 0-618-15082-X. $10). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Review by Horn Book Review
A striking new cover by Peter Sís adorns this latest edition of [cf2]The Hobbit.[cf1] From HORN BOOK Spring 2002, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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