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Publisher's Summary

A brand new edition of the long unavailable children’s story, written by the author of The Hobbit and Letters from Father Christmas, with newly scanned manuscript pages and redesigned text. Now available as a downloadable audio edition.
Professor J.R.R. Tolkien invented and illustrated the book of Mr Bliss’s adventures for his own children when they were very young. This is a complete and highly imaginative tale of eccentricity.
Mr Bliss, a man notable for his immensely tall hats and for the girabbit in his garden, takes the whimsical decision to buy a motor car. But his first drive to visit friends quickly becomes a catalogue of disasters. Some of these could be blamed on Mr Bliss’s style of driving, but even he could not anticipate being hijacked by three bears. As for what happened next – the listeners, whether young or old, will want to discover for themselves. Thankfully all ended well, and even the yellow motor car with red wheels (to which Mr Bliss has taken an understandable and great dislike), came in useful at the end.
©1982 J.R.R. Tolkien (P)2011 Harper Collins
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Critic Reviews

"Owes a little to Beatrix Potter in its ironical humour and to Edward Lear in the style of its drawings, though Tolkien’s approach is less grotesque and more delicate than Lear’s." (Humphrey Carpenter)
"A celebration, in the spirit of The Wind in the Willows, of a vanished, vulgar England where everybody did – and spoke – exactly as he pleased, and life was consequently a series of amiable abrupt collisions, feebly refereed by the police in the shape of Sergeant Boffin. Although the book ought to feel dated, … dating has done little harm to Tom Kitten or Mr Badger, and there seems no reason why it should here.’ (T.A. Shippey, TLS)
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lin on 07-17-18

Excellent narration but story lacking

Sir Derek Jacobi gives another phenomenal performance.
These short stories from Tolkien always seem to be lacking any meaningful themes, character development, or interesting settings. They tend to lack points where we can emotionally connect with the characters. I rarely pick up on any moral to the story. He instead just describes this thing that happened, then that thing that happened, then another. The stories seem like they were possibly bedtime stories he verbally told his children, making them up as he went along, then afterward went and wrote them down.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joshua on 01-23-18

Narrator is perfect

I would like for Sir Derek Jacobi to read every children's story from now on. And of course Tolkien is still the greatest storyteller of all time, whether for children or otherwise.

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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 02-21-18

Tolkien

Nothing to add to the already renowned
Acclaim these short stories are wonderful
Grandchildren love them read to and they
Love this audible think the narrator fabulous

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