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15 Books in 1: L. Frank Baum's Original "Oz" Series. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, The Patchwork Girl Of Oz, Little Wizard Stories of Oz, Tik-Tok of Oz, The Scarecrow Of Oz, Rinkitink In Oz, The Lost Princess Of Oz, The Tin Woodman Of Oz, The Magic of Oz, and Glinda Of Oz. Paperback – July 26, 2005


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15 Books in 1: L. Frank Baum's Original "Oz" Series. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, The Patchwork Girl Of Oz, Little Wizard Stories of Oz, Tik-Tok of Oz, The Scarecrow Of Oz, Rinkitink In Oz, The Lost Princess Of Oz, The Tin Woodman Of Oz, The Magic of Oz, and Glinda Of Oz. + Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years + Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax Ltd (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954840135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954840136
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NEW: December '06: We now also have an oversize large edition available for you. It has bigger text than our standard edition. ISBN code is 1905921004, type this into Amazon and you'll find it.

From the Author

L. Frank Baum's foreword to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz":

Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

Yet the old time fairy tale, having served for generations, may now be classed as "historical" in the children's library; for the time has come for a series of newer "wonder tales" in which the stereotyped genie, dwarf and fairy are eliminated, together with all the horrible and blood-curdling incidents devised by their authors to point a fearsome moral to each tale. Modern education includes morality; therefore the modern child seeks only entertainment in its wonder tales and gladly dispenses with all disagreeable incident.

Having this thought in mind, the story of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.

L. Frank Baum Chicago, April, 1900.


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Customer Reviews

Having read and collected the books as a child I'm more than pleased at having the chance to revisit these stories years later.
A. Bennett
I mean that it is so intent on getting the stories together that there is no time for little things that make children's books good, i.e. pictures.
messiejessie
This book is condensed, I mean two pages printed on one page so the lettering is very small and none of the original art work is included.
Susan A. Krieck

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

174 of 180 people found the following review helpful By W. J. Hyatt Jr. on November 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I like the idea of having all 15 books in one combined book. It seemed like it would make for some fun bed time story reading. However, the small print stopped me in my tracks. I don't feel the book is necessarily of poor quality, however, it is a paper back book, something that seems odd for such a weighty novel. My advice, consider whether or not you feel capable of reading 600+ pages (with no illustrations) of 2-column small font print before making this purchase.
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65 of 70 people found the following review helpful By MsPozzi on April 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I give this book 5 stars because it is "OZ". I purchased something similar, but much much better from Border's , two years ago. Available from Amazon, look for 'The OZ Chronicles'. Volume 1 and Volume 2 contain all of Baum's Oz books. Green Leather Hardcovers, great size print. Volume 3 contains Baum's other books and stories. Incredible find and value.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Stephen reynolds on November 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
So, what do you get? (This is a description of the hardcover edition)

It's a nice solid book, well bound, quite thick (700 plus pages) that makes a good gift. The cover is colorful, and it looks like it'll last for years, even with a bit of mishandling from kids.

You get all of the L. Frank Baum "Oz" stories, except for a few really obscure short stories that were published in the newspapers, where the Wogglebug from "Oz" visits the USA.

The text is printed in two columns, but it's not hard to read - from looking at 'search-inside-the-book', it looks like the hardback is a bit easier to read than the paperback. There aren't any illustrations though.

For a kid who liked the first Oz book and wants to read the others, it's a lot cheaper than buying them all separately!

On balance, recommended, but it looks like it's worth getting the hardcover rather than the paperback.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A. Bennett on January 24, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Finally...the entire collection of original OZ stories complete (albeit some edits were made for today's culture) presents in a single volume. Having read and collected the books as a child I'm more than pleased at having the chance to revisit these stories years later. The perfect fairytale, the world of OZ may seem a bit odd to some modern readers, but the spirit and power of the stories remain.

The book itself is presently very directly; all the illustrations have been removed and the text has been divided into two columns on the page. For some readers it may present a challenge to read, but the book itelf is big enough that it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

This book is a must have for fans of the series who have lost, misplaced, or stored their books away. Pass it on to younger readers as well. Small child may enjoy the illustrations presented in other editions, but this big book is a quick read and many will find themselves totally taken by Oz's charm.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CatfishVVA on December 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have been wanting to read the complete set of Oz books for a long time & thought that all of them in one book made a lot of sense. Unfortunately, the print is extremely small & the layout of the sections and chapters are poor, make reading difficult. However, my biggest complaint is that I noticed that the publisher took "editing license" as seen on the left side of the "Contents" page.
"Edits to 'The Patchwork Girl': 'coal-black' has been deleted from the phonograph's song; part of the description of the Tottenhots has been deleted. Edit to 'Rinkitink in Oz': part of the description of the Tottenhots has been deleted."
There is no explanation as to the reasons for these deletions, it is not mentioned in any of the descriptions of this book anywhere on the internet (including Amazon) that I can find AND I am unable to find a way to contact the publisher (Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax Ltd) to get more information on this. I do not buy books to read what someone else decides is right; I read books because I want to read what the AUTHOR wrote. I am extremely disappointed in this editorial license, the inability to contact the editor/publisher as well as the fact that this was not mentioned anywhere in the descriptions. Is this what the world is coming to - strangers deciding what we should be reading??????
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MICKEY C. BISHOP on April 4, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I received the book this morning. All the OZ books in one! A Marvelous idea. I got hooked on these books because of the books Wicked and Son of a Witch. I decided I had to read more.

Other reveiwers have commented on the small print. It is smaller than the average book, but not that small. I can hardly wait to start reading and be transported back to OZ.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nic on October 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book packs in *all* the Oz stories - I haven't been able to find any other edition that does this. If you want all the stories in one volume, this is definitely the one to go for. Its surprisingly light for such a big book, and and the two column format makes it easy to read. I'm not sure why other reviewers found the print size a problem - I found it absolutely fine, even in dim light.

Its definitely more aimed at adults reading aloud to kids (or big kids!), as it doesn't have pictures. But it does make a really good bedtime story book, as the chapters are quite short so you can do one each night. And it lasts for a very long time!

Overall, a really good value buy that doesn't feel cheap or shoddy. I'm glad I went for this one, rather than buying all the books separately (and more expensively).
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