Raymond, G. (2012). 3-minute j.r.r. Tolkien. New York, NY: Metro Books.
Gary Raymond’s 3-Minute J.R.R. Tolkien is a great informational resource for any Tolkien enthusiast. This book provides background about the life of the author, recurrent themes and motifs explored throughout his work, and other related texts in the realm of fiction or fantasy. Not only is this book great for fans of the renowned author, it is a great resource to use in the classroom. J.R.R. Tolkien’s works have become more prevalent in schools today. Since time has passed after his death, his works are beginning to be seen as classic works. In particular, Tolkien’s The Hobbit is being incorporated into the modern middle school curriculum. Major emphases in middle grades studies of literature include author studies, recurrent themes, and text-to-text connections; Gary Raymond’s work provides the teacher or instructor with all of these backgrounds. This text would be useful not only to supply the teacher with information to be used during instructional periods, but it would also be a great source for any student conducting a personal inquiry into the life and literature of this famous writer. From Tolkien’s early life, to the effect his work had on texts such as Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, Gary Raymond’s 3-Minute J.R.R. Tolkien is a great informational research for any reader or learner seeking more in depth revelations about the life and work of the man who who changed the face of fantasy literature for years to come.