I read the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in grade school and I loved them. Dad on the other hand found the Lord of the Rings way too long and drawn out. The Hobbit though was a favorite of his. he read it to me and my sisters at bedtime when I was about 7. I in turn read it to my daughter when she was about that age and I will read it for my younger daughter in a few years. The Hobbit is a great read.