Review: Roverandom by J.R.R Tolkien

Rover should never have bitten the wizard’s trousers. His punishment was to be transformed into a toy, and now he is forced to track down the magician so he can be returned to normal. His adventures will take him to the moon and under the sea, introducing him to many fabulous – and dangerous – creatures.

Okay, this little book was adorable. Simply very, very cute and charming, with a nice dose of wit thrown in. It makes me wish I was Tolkien’s grandchild, just to get these cute little stories.

Tolkien wrote Roverandum to appease his child, who had lost his toy on the beach. He made up all these wonderful journeys that the little dog goes on, which included going to the moon, flying on a seagull’s back, being turned into a toy that woke up at night, living with mer-people and running afoul of a wizard.

If I ever have a child, or access to a willing participant, I’ll totally be reading this to them. I loved how it does not assume the child to be too stupid to understand words, or to learn them in their context. I would have absolutely adored this when I was younger, as I never enjoyed books that talked down to me and assumed me to be stupid.

I read this as a children’s book, a simple, nice story and it definitely delivered. I enjoyed that there were enough witticisms to keep an adult happy, and Rover/Roverandum was a fun little doggy to follow around on his exploits. I’m knocking off half a star because there were a few sections which were a little bit on the dull side and had me skimming, but overall this is such a sweet little book!

4.5/5 Stars

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9 thoughts on “Review: Roverandom by J.R.R Tolkien

  1. This book sounds precious. I like that about Tolkien: he was a serious writer and a serious scholar, but he wasn’t above writing silly, cute stories like this. 🙂

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