My 3 year old adores JRR Tolkien. No really, she does! Most especially when Daddy reads “Mr. Bliss” to her.
Wandering around the stacks at the library (my favorite pastime) I noticed Claire swipe a book from one of the low shelves. As I was turning to unleash my stern voice, I realized she had picked up a children’s book by JRR Tolkien!
That’s right, the guy who penned epic adventures of hobbits, wizards and one ring to rule them all, both wrote AND illustrated a children’s book. The fact that Tolkien wrote this for his own children made the story that much more endearing.
Mr. Bliss is the story of a man who wears tall, funny hats and while driving around in his new automobile has a series of silly mishaps. The illustrations are sweet and I love that Tolkein’s handwritten version is preserved on the right-hand pages with a typeset translation on left. Mr. Bliss is a wordy read, but very fun.
Who knew we could find such a great children’s book tucked right in between The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings! My husband and I really enjoyed reading this with Claire. What a great find!
Have any children’s books taken you by surprise lately?