The assumption that "once a children's author, always a children's author,"
which has gotten a number of books for adults shelved in the children's
sections of public libraries and bookstores. Remember the fuss over Judy
And having made the mistake of publishing _The Hobbit_, indisputably a
children's book, first, J.R.R. Tolkien found his rather more challenging
_The Lord of the Rings_ shelved in the children's sections. It's when it
got to the posthumous books that it really got silly.
I just want you to know that this impulse is not dead. Amazon.com, having
rather perceptively noticed that I must be interested in Tolkien, now wants
to sell me a copy of _The Silmarillion_, "The epic history of the elves,
and the creation story of Tolkien's magical... Find out more."
This summary also describes the book as for "Grade 5-8." Uh-huh. Oh, I'm
sure there are some precocious fifth graders who eat it up. But its