Prelude to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings , but a complete tale in itself. Mr. Bilbo Baggins, a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage and considerable good luck), visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon and experienced other remarkable things on his journey of adventure
Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox; Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now. -- Great read aloud for any age; written at a 9- to 12-year-old reading level.
Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull: You always have to take books like this with a grain of salt, but a great treatise on making a creative organization work, and the entropy that seeks to tear it all apart. Also fun to just get stories from Pixar.
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