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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

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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Acclaim these short stories are wonderful
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  • Annie
  • 12-11-18

Perfect for All Children

A wonderful children's story with just enough silliness. I can't wait to read it to my children.
#childrenstales #magical #animals #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • Russell Bernard
  • 16-08-18

Tolkien; what more can you ask

Tolkien’s short stories a treat for the reader and so clever. The narration by Derek Jacobi are not to be missed. Give all of Tolkien’s shot stories a try, they are very enjoyable and fun.

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  • Steve & Evie Wesner
  • 11-08-18

Very good, entertaining, and name's to.

I love it the narater is great as well as the words. I just love it.

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  • Austin Kachler
  • 06-08-18

Good read

Good read another cool story by J.R.R. Tolkien a little short but a cheap buy

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  • Lin
  • 17-07-18

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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  • Joshua
  • 23-01-18

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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  • Dragonfly Samurai
  • 14-08-17

Meh

Any additional comments?

Mr. Bliss is obviously not one of Mr. Tolkiens epics. With that said it is neither grand, nor horrible. It landed directly in the middle for me as far as stories go. I don't feel like my time was wasted listening to it, but I don't feel like my time was well spent either. It's a story and it passes time. With ALL of that said, this is for children. I am not a child. I think it may be enjoyed more by children. Sorry. But I feel rather ambivalent on this work by the Great J.R.R. Tolkien.

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  • Wendy G. Anderson
  • 20-07-17

Not One of Tolkien's Better Worksi

I generally enjoy pretty much anything written by JRR Tolkien. However this little flight of whimsy just didn't speak to me.
It would be fine for reading aloud to children, which is probably what he intended, but it is not very engaging reading for an adult. .

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  • Catherine Jaime
  • 07-07-17

A disappointing story

I liked the other 2 Tolkien short stories that I listened to recently. But this one did nothing for me. I had already been disappointed by the story when I got to the character "Fatty." I almost didn't finish the story at that point. I hung in there, in hopes that it would improve. It did not.

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  • Daniel
  • 19-04-17

What a fun listen!

A fun little story with just enough oddity. The narration is excellent. Felt like store time in the library's children's department.