Two great authors
Actually, at first, it was ignored by book reviewers. That annoyed C.S. Lewis, who submitted his own review to the London Sunday Times. He praised the book, comparing it to Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows. “The truth is,” wrote Lewis, “that in this book a number of good things, never before united, have come together: a fund of humour, an understanding of children, and a happy fusion of the scholar with the poet's grasp of mythology. The professor … has studied trolls and dragons at first hand and describes them with that fidelity that is worth oceans of glib originality."