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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Join the wonderful world of Oz. Here is the original book that started the wonderful series and inspired the famous movie, in which Dorothy Gale is whisked from Kansas to the magical land of Oz where -- with a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman, and a Cowardly Lion -- she sets off to find the illusive Wizard. — And don't forget these enchanting books of Oz...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451518644
ISBN-10: 0451518640
Pages: 240
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4 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Signet Classics
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This was a surprisingly good read. Sure you've seen the movie a billion times but have you read the series? This is the first oe 14 and they go really fast. Baum is a very entertaining author who grabs you're attention right from the beginning. It's a wonderful series to read with or without your kids.
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A complete and unabridged copy of the original story first published in 1900.
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A picture story from "fun to read fairy tales".
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The book is pretty different from the movie. They cut many parts out of the book for the movie, but all were good choices in my opinion. I found it interesting that he wrote the story based on a bedtime story he told his kids. Wish I had that kind of imagination. This is a very fast read, entertaining and who doesn't love the Wizard of Oz?!
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Oz is one of the strangest worlds you will ever enter. The narrative voice in the first book of the Oz series has its flaws (far too many uses of "shall" and "for," a complete lack of contractions that makes for occasionally uncomfortable dialogue, and a similarity between the voices of the main heroes). That being said, it's a magical tour into a wonderful world of fantasy, horror and general weirdness that you won't soon forget.

Far too many people introduce themselves to this world through the MGM movie, and find the second portion of the plot to feel somewhat anticlimactic when they expect the story to end right after a failed balloon ride. Unfortunately, Wicked has added to unrealistic expectations by presenting a new version of the movie witch in book form. Those who have read the book know that in it tigers and bears are part of a chimerical amalgamation, the Wicked Witch of the West has a single binocular eye, flying apes aren't evil, scarecrows break the necks of violent crows, the emerald city isn't so emerald without glasses, silver slippers take you home, and kisses from a good witch protect you. The visit to the Wizard isn't the climax of the journey in the novel, it's simply a step along the path for each character to find their home. Further, there aren't just slippers, Munchkins, witches and wizards to contend with; there are golden caps, Winkies, Quadlings, Hammer Heads, mice kingdoms, wolves, bees and giant spiders, oh my!

If you are able, be sure to pick up an illustrated version of the book (like the Signet Classics edition). Baum is the American Louis Carroll. And, just as Carroll had John Tenniel, L. Frank Baum had W.W. Denslow to bring his characters to life in a visual medium
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Oz never pales. Always worth reading.