Book Reviews of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
ISBN-13: 9780816725656
ISBN-10: 0816725659
Edition: Reprint
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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4.6 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Troll Communications
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
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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Helpful Score: 1
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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A picture story from "fun to read fairy tales".
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A complete and unabridged copy of the original story first published in 1900.
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A cyclone hits, and Dorothy is whisked from the flat plains of Kansas to the colorful and exciting land of Oz! Dorothy must travel to the Emerald City to see the Wizard of Oz, for only he has the magical power to help her return home again. Along the way, she is joined by the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the cowardly Lion, who also seek the help of the Wizard's great magic.

The journey along the yellow brick road is filled with danger and adventure, but at last Dorothy and her friends meet the wonderful Wizard. But none of the four travelers' requests will be granted until the Wicked Witch of the West is destroyed.
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I missed this when I was a child, but loved the movie. Now I love the book and want toread more of them. Although it is like the movie there is more to the book than the movie.
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When a cyclone hits her Kansas home, Dorothy and her dog Toto, are whisked away to the magical land of Oz. To find her way back to Kansas, she must follow the yellow brick raod to where the great Wizard lives. Together with her companions the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure, and a journey that takes her to the City of Emeralds.
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This is an old time favorite published by Penquin Popular CLassics about Dorothy and the tin man and alll her friends on their way to the Land of Oz.
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From the Publisher
Hailed as the first original American fairy tale, The Wizard of Oz inspired countless sequels and imitations, as well as the classic American musical film and the Broadway musical The Wiz. In L. Frank Baum's imaginative story, Dorothy Gale takes a magical journey from the American heartland into the wonderful land of Oz to meet the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion.

Complete and Unabridged.
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Different then the movie but just as good.
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This is not the book pictured. If you click on the "buy from Amazon" link you'll see the actual book. It's a 24-page illustrated children's book.

I ordered it thinking it was the real story and don't want others to be unpleasantly surprised the way I was.
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A classic!
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Shorter version of the original story...great for begining readers.
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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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One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, "There's no place like home."
Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powered 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.
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our son read this in grade 3 & loved it! like the movie, perfect for children of all ages.

we read the book first & then watched the movie afterwards...he loved finding all the differences between the two.
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For once I'm gonna go with the movie is better. Surprising violent at times as well. But it is a classic that any lover of childrens literature must read.
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Nothing like the movie!! Not for children.The tinman is a axe murderer if that gives you a clue.... on the other habd I couldn't put it down. You can't wait to see what happens next.
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Before Voldemort, before the Dark Lord Sauron, there was Glinda the (so-called) Good Witch of the North. Watch this movie, and see her masterful manipulation of naive Dorothy as she catapults herself into ever-increasing power.

It all begins when a mysterious tornado brings Dorothy to Oz, landing her house on top of the Wicked Witch of the East. Glinda, for no apparent reason, gives Dorothy the deceased witches' slippers, earning Dorothy the enmity of the Wicked Witch of the West, and sends her beyond the Yellow Brick Road to the Wizard of Oz.

It's all a ploy, though, as we discover at the end of the movie, when Dorothy learns all she had to do to get home was click her heels. So why does Glinda do it? Watch as the wizard sends Dorothy to steal the broomstick of the wicked witch and destroys her in the process, only to go and expose the Wizard of Oz himself as a clever con man pretending to have great powers.

In other words, Dorothy unknowingly creates a tremendous power vacuum in Oz. And who do you think is going to move into that vacuum? Glinda, obviously. (The Good Witch of the North is mentioned but never appears. One can only imagine how Glinda dispatched her other rival before dropping a house on the Wicked Witch of the East.)

Stunning in its storycraft, "The Wizard of Oz" remains a frightening and disturbing movie in the way it tries to diminish terms like "good" by masquerading evil in so pleasant a form. It should be enough to make any parent think twice before allowing their children to read such a book before they are old enough to weigh the themes for themselves.
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A definitive classic. Ageless.
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A Scholastic Junior Classic
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new saw movie but didnt read book
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Slightly yellow. 156 pages. black and white illustrations.