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The Hobbit (Young Readers Edition w/Cover Illustrated by Peter Sis) Tolkien, J. R. R./ Sis, Peter (ILT)/ Lee, Alan (ILT) 1 of 1
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Learn more about The Hobbit (Young Reader's Edition w/Cover Illustrated by Peter Sis):

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0618162216
ISBN-13: 9780618162215
Sku: 30754804
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Sales Rank: 16879
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  320
Age Range:  16 to UP
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"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." (from the first line)
Tolkiens magical fantasy about hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his epic quest to destroy the powerful dragon, Smaug the Magnificent, comes to life in a specially formatted edition for young readers that features a lavish cover by Peter Sfs, a Caldecott winning childrens book illustrator. Simultaneous. 200,000 first printing. *Author: Tolkien, J. R. R./ Sis, Peter (ILT)/ Lee, Alan (ILT) *Subtitle: Or There and Back Again *Publication Date: 2001/09/24 *Number of Pages: 330 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 6.50 *Height: 9.25
From the Publisher:
From J.R.R. Tolkien's own description for the original edition:| "If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take an interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. . . . In following the path of this humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did)-if you do not already know all about these things-much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period." Featuring stunning new cover art by Caldecott Honor winning children's book illustrator Peter Sís, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Annotation:
Bilbo Baggins leaves the Shire on a great adventure with a troop of stalwart companions and, along the way, meets a dragon. This is one of the classic books of fantasy literature.This 1937 fantasy is the prequel, or "prelude" to the classic epic trilogy THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Bilbo Baggins is the hobbit of the title: a short, round, and hairy-footed creature fond of small comforts and his rural home. What he doesn't like (or at least thinks he doesn't like) is adventure, but that's just what he gets when a wizard and several dwarves show up on his doorstep, eat him out of house and home, and induce him to join them on a perilous quest to steal a dragon's treasure. Along the way, he picks up a golden ring with the power to turn the wearer invisible; this ring will turn out to be central to the later volumes. While THE LORD OF THE RINGS is a serious epic about the nature of good and evil, written in highly formal language and intended for adults, this earlier work is considerably lighter in tone and clearly directed toward a younger audience, having sprung out of the stories that Tolkien used to tell his own children. However, that does not and has not prevented adults the world over from enjoying THE HOBBIT.
Author Bio
Peter Sis
Raised in Prague, Czechoslovakia, author and illustrator Peter Sis attended that city's Academy of Fine Arts from which he received both a B.A. and an M.A. He also attended the Royal College of Art in London. In addition to writing and illustrating his own books for children, Sis has also illustrated works by such other authors as Kate Banks, Sid Fleischman, and George Shannon. The illustrations for his 1997 picture-book biography of Galileo, STARRY MESSENGER, earned that book a Caldecott Honor Award. Peter Sis immigrated to the United States in 1982 and became a naturalized American citizen in 1988. His critically acclaimed autobiographical graphic picture book, THE WALL, was a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"Seventeen years ago there appeared, without any fanfare, a book called "The Hobbit" which in my opinion, is one of the best children's stories of this century." - W. H. Auden 10/31/1954

Sunday Times (London)
"The English-speaking world is divided into those who have read 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' and those who are going to read them."

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0320
Product attributePublisher:   Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
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