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The Hobbit: A 3-D Pop-Up Adventure Hardcover – October 6, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 2 and up
  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: HarperFestival (October 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694014362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694014361
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Howe is the illustrator of a number of children's books. His artwork has been featured in a variety of J. R. R. Tolkien novelties, including New Line Cinema's forthcoming Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Mr. Howe lives in Switzerland.

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J.R.R. Tolkien (1892.1973), beloved throughout the world as the creator of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, was a professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, a fellow of Pembroke College, and a fellow of Merton College until his retirement in 1959. His chief interest was the linguistic aspects of the early English written tradition, but even as he studied these classics he was creating a set of his own.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Lampster on January 19, 2000
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I saw the cover with the marvelous John Howe illustration of Smaug, the dragon, and the gold leaf trim with the Tolkein runes, I exptected a lot. Apparently I expected too much. The illustrations are excellent, vintage Howe, and the "pop-up" effects are better than average (I have kids, I've seen some poor attempts at pop-up.) But for some reason they didn't think to include the story! Each page has a pull out card that includes actual Tolkien text to "set the scene" of each illustration, but there is no context, no sense of story at all. These are simply unrelated images that somehow tie in to a story. My 4-year-old daughter was first excited by the pictures, and anxious to pull the tabs and wiggle the pictures, then confused by the big words, then bored by the whole thing. After reading her the whole book as a bedtime story, she was thouroughly un-impressed. So was I. I have been waiting a long time to have a children's version of the story I could introduce to my children. I guess I'll wait a little longer.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 18, 2001
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This book was both a pleasure and a disappointment. There are only five scenes depicted -- the dwarves come to Bilbo's house, Bilbo riddles with Gollum, the spiders, Smaug in his lair, the Eagles' arrival at the last battle -- but they are magnificent.
The artist, John Howe, did remarkable work, but he needed some support here. The only text is a few excerpted paragraphs. This book would get a child interested in pop-ups but not necessarily in The Hobbit.
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1999
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This pop-up book of the beloved classic is very imagnative and the details are really amazing. I highly recommend this book for both children and Tolkien fans!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Montana Lady on July 16, 2013
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I bought this book so that my grand children would have some visuals to relate to as their father reads them the Hobbit. He is reading the story itself from another book. This one is best for visuals, but not for much story detail. The kids are 5 and 7.
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4 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Graham D. Lincoln VINE VOICE on September 30, 2000
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The writings of Professor Tolkien are absolutely Timeless. These books are the gauge by-which all Fantasy books are measured. The Hobbit and The Trilogy have been the Inspiration for decades of works by other authors, yet I have not ever seen these works surpassed by anyone. Terry Brooks is the only author I have read who even compares to J.R.R. Tolkien and his epic style. I became fascinated with The Hobbit and Trilogy when I was in the seventh grade. I borrowed them from a friend and snuck them home. I was completely enthralled with the world Tolkien created. I was not allowed to read anything that was even remotely related to Wizards, Witches, Astrology, D&D, etc., so these books were like nothing I had ever seen, before. I was captivated and felt the call to become a Writer. Previously, the poetry and such that we were studying in school BORED me to tears. I found my schooling to be mind-numbingly BORING and Tolkien became my Inspiration to Learn, create Poetry, Write stories, Study, become an Anthropologist, delve into Masonic Lore and so much more.... Throughout High-School, I had pictures of Prof. Tolkien on my wall and I desired to be like him. Not-only was he the Greatest Fantasy Writer the world has known, but he was "Professor of Anglo-Saxon, at Oxford University, from 1925 to 1945....and professor of English Language and Literature....and a Fellow of Merton College from '45 to his retirement in '59." Check out his translations of (book title:)"Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo" (J.R.R. Tolkien) Also, Prof. Tolkien wrote wonderful stories like "Smith of Wooten Major (&) Farmer Giles of Ham" for children. Pop those titles into the search box! I can honestly say that reading Tolkien changed my life...for the Better!Read more ›
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