When I was about 14 I accidentally watched a TV film called "Leprechaun"
and it scared the s-star-star-t out of me.
For some still unknown reason, the first time I heard about this book, I assumed it was about a scary midget as well and wanted nothing to do with it.
One day I was in a bookstore and saw this book and it didn't look too scary so I decided to read what it was about (computers and Internet were unimaginable dreams back then) and the description didn't read scary at all so I bought it.
"The Hobbit" was my first book of the year for a reason - "The Hobbit"
was my first film of the year. I loved it and remembered next to nothing about the plot of the book so why not read it again...
I liked it very much then and I still like it now, even if it is clearly a tale for children.
Also - the writing style. Last year I said Mario Puzo and Ken Follett can't write a fiction story to save their lives, it's all tell and no show. This book has too much of that as well, but because the "tell" part read nothing like an encyclopedia entry, unlike the above-mentioned "writers", I accept it as it is.