‘Roverandom’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 97/100


Roverandom By J. R. R. Tolkien

Paperback Edition

Finished on 11/15/2017


Description: In 1925, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach. To console him, his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, improvised a story about Rover, a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal. This charming tale, peopled by a sand-sorcerer and a terrible dragon, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, endured several drafts over the years. Now, more than seventy years later, the adventures of Rover are published for the first time. Rich in wit and wordplay, Roverandom is edited and introduced by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond and illustrated with Tolkien’s own delightful drawings.

Genres: Fantasy, Children, Classic, Dog, Fairy Tale

A dog’s adventures to the moon, the bottom of the ocean and to the land of dreams

Spoiler-tastic review

This is a 100page long children’s book written by JRR Tolkien. Aimed at the 6-8 year old age group, it is a cheerful tale of a dog who crosses one wizard and must suffer the consequences therein.

Roverandom is turned into a toy by an angry wizard, given to a boy, lost at the beach, befriends a sand rabbit wizard, befriends a postman pigeon, goes to the moon, grows wings, meets the Man-In-The-Moon and his dog Rover, angers the White Dragon of England, goes to the Dark Side of the Moon, goes to the bottom of the ocean, befriends a whale, befriends a sea-dog named Rover, accidentally angers seven sharks and one Sea-Serpent, nearly causes Ragnorok, causes a scandal at the merfolk kingdom, accidentally banishes a sea-wizard and his mer-wife, goes back to England and goes back to his owners.

It was a fun story.

Stay Sunny!



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