This (though it shows my geeky side) will make the third time that I have read that book. It is really a great story, I suppose that is why it has become as popular as it has. And The Hobbit, especially is written in such a way that my boys can easily follow along with interest. I think that the other Tolkien books might be a little much for them, but this one is right up their alley. They ask me every night if I would read more to them, and even my younger one knows what is going on.
The other day I came home and they had drawn me a couple of pictures with dwarves and a hobbit and a wizard named Gandalf. They are loving this story, and that makes me happy. I really enjoy the bonding time that I am having with them. Sam on the top bunk, Jo on the bottom bunk, Milo at my feet, and I am good to go. It is a great way to end the day, especially after I have been around kids who have no desire to listen.
Brilliant artists they're not (don't tell them), but their pictures are beautiful to me.