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?
2 thoughts on “My 3 Year Old Reads Tolkien”
I LOVE Mr. Bliss. I have held onto that book since childhood, but forgotten about it. I'll have to pull it out to read to the children when we finish redesigning our library. Almost ready!
Had no idea this existed! So excited now. Will definitely be buying this and reading to my little guy. Does your blog take part in Amazon Affiliates?