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J.R.R. Tolkien Hardcover – September 1, 2011


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  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823419517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823419517
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexandra Wallner's Lucy Maude Montgomery was called "gracefully written and prettily presented" by Kirkus Reviews. She is a graduate of the Pratt Institute and is known for her vivid folk art paintings. She lives in Mexico.

John Wallner has illustrated many titles in David A. Adler's Picture Book Biography series. He lives in Maine.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ana Braga-Henebry VINE VOICE on January 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The interesting and wonderful thing about Tolkien's life isn't easy to tell in a book for kids, because they were the things living inside his heart: his intelligence and discipline, his hard work, his love and dedication to his wife and children, his faith. This picture book tells the life of the renowned author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and it was a life of sorrows, and very ordinary. I like their imaginative way to tell it, illustrated as a progressive board game and populated by his fictional characters. While I may not love the style of the illustrations, the overall effect was sweet. This book can tell a child that a very "regular" life can amount to great things, and that a good writer need not have an exciting and adventurous life.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kemie Nix on January 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the author of the beloved THE HOBBIT and "THE LORD OF THE RINGS" trilogy, had a more colorful, stressful life than he wished. Born in South Africa, three-year-old Ronald and his baby brother Hilary were visiting in England when their father died. There they remained. At first, they lived an idyllic life in the countryside being educated by their mother, but she ultimately moved them to the noisy, dirty city of Birmingham to attend school. She died when Tolkien was seventeen. He and his brother ended up living in a boarding house where he met his future wife who was also an orphan. Tolkien married at twenty-one while attending Oxford, but he left to fight in the trenches of World War I, a terrible experience that left him ill for many months. After finishing his education at Oxford, he ultimately became a professor there. His love of words, language, and story manifested itself early and lasted throughout his life - to the enrichment of us all.

Young fans of Tolkien's books and the movies made from his books can learn about him in this interesting, linear biography. The linear nature of the text lends itself to the illustrator's theme of moving through the blocks of a board game. The soft watercolor illustrations are suitably imaginative and complex.
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