(ed:..this review is from when the hobbit was first published..)
For it must be understood that this is a children’s book only in the sense that the first of many readings can be undertaken in the nursery. Alice is read gravely by children and with laughter by grown ups.
The Hobbit on the other hand will be funnier to its youngest readers and only years later at a tenth or a twentieth reading – will they begin to realise what deft scholarship and profound reflection have gone to make everything in it so ripe so friendly and in its own way so true.
Prediction is dangerous: but The Hobbit may well prove a classic.
(ed:..i quite enjoyed reading the hobbit..way back when..in fact it sucked me into tackling lord of the rings..which i found turgid and unreadable..
..and if seeking writing of that genre can i point you towards the most-excellent gormenghast-trilogy by mervyn peake..
..he shows tolkien how it should be done..)
Source: C. S. Lewis Reviews The Hobbit