I had read this book in 10th grade, but oh my, the number of books I've read since then, so it was still all new to me. :) I hate that I didn't re-read this while I had a classroom because I kept thinking it would have made a great read aloud for my 4th graders! How amazing is it that a book first written in 1937 is still being read today AND just made into a movie!!?? Can you imagine writing something and 40 years after your death people were still reading it? I just think that's cool! But anyway, I loved it and loved Bilbo the most. He made me giggle with his personality. Now, I am moving on to read The Lord of the Rings books - those I have never read. Excited!
Summary from Goodreads.com (just in case you need it):
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 to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and
that means comfort.Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit
met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937.
Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit
Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of
Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful
and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text
in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in
Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on
the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!