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My 9yo daughter wants to read The Hobbit.

Which edition is best for kids? Any editions out there with lots of nice illustrations?

Please give ISBN or Amazon link to particular editions.

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Here's one I read when I was 10, with a lot of illustrations from the Rankin & Bass movie (and some that weren't in the movie). The text is the original, just with a LOT more pictures.

An entry with a picture of the cover:
http://www.amazon.com/Hobbit-Illustrated-J-R-Tolkien/dp/B000...

And here's a link that I'm pretty sure is the same thing:
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=2832031263&...


As a 10-year-old, having those extra pictures really helped. I didn't realize that it was technically above a normal 5th grade reading level (and I'm grateful that my teacher at the time decided not to tell me, as I may have decided to try another book instead).
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When I was 9 I read the Hobbit, then the LotR Trilogy. Neither had any pictures.
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There is a graphic novel version. It's faithful and all the text is straight out of the book.

My nine year old is plowing through the Harry Potter books, so maybe just the original (with Tolkien's illustrations) would be good.
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mister lunch wrote:
My nine year old is plowing through the Harry Potter books, so maybe just the original (with Tolkien's illustrations) would be good.


Yes, that.
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mister lunch wrote:
There is a graphic novel version. It's faithful and all the text is straight out of the book.

My nine year old is plowing through the Harry Potter books, so maybe just the original (with Tolkien's illustrations) would be good.
We got the graphic novel in an attempt to interest my step-son in reading - it didn't work, but the book did seem to be very well put together.
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No or few pictures are best. Fuel that imagination. This is also best read aloud anyway. I well remember having the Hobbit and the whole LotR trilogy read aloud to me at about that age. It's one of the great memories of my childhood. You and your child are never too old for evening story time.

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sigmazero13 wrote:
Here's one I read when I was 10, with a lot of illustrations from the Rankin & Bass movie (and some that weren't in the movie). The text is the original, just with a LOT more pictures.

An entry with a picture of the cover:
http://www.amazon.com/Hobbit-Illustrated-J-R-Tolkien/dp/B000...

And here's a link that I'm pretty sure is the same thing:
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=2832031263&...


As a 10-year-old, having those extra pictures really helped. I didn't realize that it was technically above a normal 5th grade reading level (and I'm grateful that my teacher at the time decided not to tell me, as I may have decided to try another book instead).


That's the version I had growing up. Haven't thought about it in years. Thanks for the memory, sigmazero13.
 
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A completely unasked for request, but it's the right season for this book. Get J.R.R. Tolkien's Letters From Father Christmas. Wonderful!
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My 8yo son read this edition last summer and enjoyed it, also it's really durable for kids who sometimes put some wear on a book.

http://www.amazon.com/HOBBIT-J-TOLKIEN-1966-ILLUSTRATED/dp/B...

This is listed as a 1966 edition but I'm 99% sure my copy is a reprint that looks just like it.

I only bought it with in the last 7 or 8 years for under $30.00, if I remember correctly.
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