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Little Wizard Stories of Oz (Books of Wonder) Hardcover – April 28, 1994

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Books of Wonder
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Library Binding edition (April 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688121268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688121266
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 and received enormous, immediate success. Baum went on to write seventeen additional novels in the Oz series. Today, he is considered the father of the American fairy tale. His stories inspired the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, one of the most widely viewed movies of all time.

Michael Sieben is a professional designer and illustrator, primarily within the sub-culture of skateboarding, whose work has been exhibited and reviewed worldwide as well as featured in numerous illustration anthologies. He is a staff writer and illustrator for Thrasher magazine, and a weekly columnist for He is also a founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery and Collective in Austin, Texas, as well as the cofounder of Roger Skateboards. The author of There's Nothing Wrong with You (Hopefully), he lives and works in Austin.

John R. Neill was born in Philadelphia in 1877. In 1904, at the age of twenty-six, Neill received his first major book assignment, as illustrator for The Marvelous Land of Oz. From then until his death in 1943, Neill would illustrate over forty Oz books, including three he wrote himself. Today, his fabulous illustrations are synonymous with Oz.

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'The Little Wizard Stories Of Oz' are so engaging and charming that adults will enjoy reading them for their own pleasure, and enjoy reading them again to children.
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Another good thing about this book was the Afterward saying what makes the next book, "the Patchwork Girl of Oz" so worth reading (which I would like to get soon).
Sam A. Milazzo

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Scott Love on March 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
All the Books of Wonder Oz books are fantastic recreations of the originals with all their color plates and cover art. Even the typeface and page counts are the same. If you're a collector and can't afford to drop $300 on a beat-up copy of the original, this series is a must! Little Wizard Stories also is a rare find... I've never seen an original and was delighted when Books of Wonder produced this collection.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Wingchair Critic on December 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
L. Frank Baum's spectacularly illustrated 'Little Wizard Stories Of Oz' (1914), written for a younger audience than the books in the official Oz series, are the perfect introduction to Baum's utopist fairyland.

Containing characters not only from 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' but from the second and third titles, 'The Marvelous Land Of Oz' and 'Ozma Of Oz,' the one hundred and sixty-nine page volume is composed of six short pieces, each teaming two of Baum's most popular Oz inhabitants.

While the stories are delightful and comic, a subtle lesson in common sense or ethics subtly underscores each. At about twenty-four pages a piece, these narratives make excellent bedtime stories; each moves quickly and can be reread over and over (adults can read the entire book in about an hour).

Readers already familiar with the other Oz titles will find that the Little Wizard stories fit right into the fairyland's established history and continuity. John R. Neill's extraordinary talent as an illustrator has rarely been put to better use than it has been here; his drawings are brightly colored and full of atmosphere, detail, and humor.

In 'The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger,' the two talking beasts, tired of passively guarding the never-threatened Ozma at her throne, decide to competitively test their animal natures.

In 'Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse,' Jack, who lives in a pumpkin patch so he can easily replace his head as needed, finds himself in the Winkie country, disastrously without a spare.

In 'The Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman,' the later topples overboard while the two are out adventuring in a giant corncob boat. The Scarecrow, stuffed with straw, tries to reach his comrade but finds he can only float on the surface.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sam A. Milazzo on July 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
L. Frank Baum first wrote these 6 short stories separately in their own volumes, with the title of each book bearing the names of two characters (see the 'Books of Oz' site). Later they were reprinted, but this time into 1 volume, with the former book titles now as chapters, shown here.
I bought this book along with Roger S. Baum's "Dorothy of Oz" book (see my review) and Greg Hildebrandt's (abridged) illustrated edition of "the Wonderful Wizard of Oz" (I would like to review that).
The pictures are excellent. The chapter-title images are black-and-white, and the rest of the pictures are in full-page colour, sometimes taking over two pages. I liked how the Lion was drawn walking on 2 legs and once wearing a pair glasses on a string. The following chapters (once individual book titles) are as follows:
'The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger' are tired of constantly being known for their cowardliness/hunger and therefore not being feared, so they decide to go out and make themselves be feared. But Tiger refuses to eat a baby who has lost its mother, and Lion refuses to hurt a mother who hurts herself while trying to save her baby, so they change their minds.
'Little Dorothy and Toto' take a walk through Oz (despite the Wizard's disapproval of concern) and result in getting captured by the Giant Crinklink and are taken to his castle. Toto saves Dorothy and reunites with the Wizard.
'Tik-Tok and the Nome King'. Tik-Tok's machinery needs a few extra springs and the Wizard suggests for him to go to the Nome King, who unfortunately is in a bad mood and accidently destroys Tik-Tok. But Kaliko, the Chief Steward, fixes Tik-Tok up. His reappearance scares the Nome King (that was funny!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We reserve 5 stars for a very few books, but this book was much loved by my eight year old, who enjoyed how it contains things which relate to the other books in the series. I found it a definite pleaser as well, as books which allow children to enjoy being a child and actively use their imagination are very rare these days (as opposed to the more recent trend which aims at a precocious sophistication for a "miniature adult" audience).
If you like the tone of this and other books in the Oz series you should also check out these books:
* "Mother West Wind" book series by Thornton W. Burgess; * Selma Lagerlof's "The Wonderful Adventure of Neils"; * "7X7 Tales of a Seven Sleeper" by Hanna Johansen; * "The Seven Year Old Wonder Book" and "King Beetle Tamer" by Isabel Wyatt; * "The Uncle Wiggley Story Book" by Howard R. Garis; * "The Never Ending Story" and other books by Michael Ende; * Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" series; * Astrid Lindgren's "The Brothers Lionhearted" (her best, better than Pipi by miles!); * and of course the classic fairy tales - our favorite is "The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales" Pantheon Edition with an introduction by Padraic Colum and commentary by Joseph Campbell, ISBN 0-394-49414-6 and 0-394-70930-6.
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