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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Graphic Novel) Paperback – September 22, 2010

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785145907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785145905
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on March 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Reason for Reading: Well, a bit of a story. This first came to my attention when it was nominated for the Cybils '09 Graphic Novel Award. The publisher did not send review copies and none of us judges were able to obtain copies. This year The Marvelous Land of Oz was nominated for a Cybils '10 Award and again the same thing happened so I decided to try my luck with putting an Inter-library Loan in for the this first one again. And well, I've just now received it and been able to read it.

This is a fantastic rendition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! The story is true to the original and will surprise many folks whose only exposure to the story is from the old Judy Garland movie. All the wonderful characters they meet on their journey are here: the Queen of the field mice, the people made out of China, the Kalidahs, and the rest and then we have the *silver* shoes, the enchanted cap that calls the flying monkeys to do the bearers bidding, the true, gruesome story of how the tinman became tin, along with all the killing. My, there really is a lot of killing in this story. Everything that makes the book such a wonderful story has been included no matter how small. Now some parts have been skimmed over, while others got the full treatment which is only to be expected but I'm very pleased at how true this adaptation is.

The artwork is splendid. I'm not familiar with Young's work before this but he has captured the true essence of the characters in his drawings and brought them to life. Dorothy is pure farm girl, cute but doesn't take any guff. The scarecrow is perfect. He is quite a self-involved fellow when it comes down it and he's got the look of a rather dim-witted know-it-all farmer. The Tinman is my favourite! He has been represented as an actual man made out of tin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyla Hanington on May 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I adored this book, which my nine-year-old and I spent the last several days reading together. The artistry is fabulous, creating a world into which one wants to dive, and the story captures the drama and growth that made the original book so timeless. My daughter received this as a gift and I highly recommend it as something to consider not only buying for yourself but as a gift option for others. Quite luminous, really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karissa Eckert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
I was browsing the library graphic novel section and found this little gem. This is a book I’ve picked up a number of times in bookstores but wasn’t quite sure I wanted to read it. It ended up being an excellent book with beautiful artwork and now I want to read all the books in this series. Right now there are five trade paperbacks total in this series.

Most people know the story of Oz. Dorothy gets whisked away by a tornado and her house lands on a Wicked Witch. In her quest to get back home she finds a Tin Man, a Scarecrow, and a Cowardly Lion. They must confront Oz the Great and Powerful. He gives them a quest to go on to destroy another Wicked Witch, which they must do if Dorothy is ever going to get home.

I read many of Frank Baum’s Oz books with my mom when I was younger. That was decades ago, so I don’t remember them completely, but I do remember them pretty well. This graphic novel does an excellent job following the first book accurately (based on my somewhat faulty memory). I really enjoyed the characterizations and depictions of Dorothy, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion a lot.

The artwork here is full color and absolutely stunning. Skottie Young does it and he does a fantastic job.

It was fun for me to revisit the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I enjoyed the way the graphic novel stuck to the original novel’s storyline while improving on characterization and giving the story some style. I really enjoyed how beautiful the illustration was. This is a book that can, like the original book, be enjoyed by all ages.

Overall I loved this graphic novel. It’s an excellent retelling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with beautiful full color illustration. I loved how this story was translated into graphic novel format while still staying true to the original story. Highly recommended to everyone and a great way to get familiar with the original story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alvaro on October 17, 2011
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz graphic novel is a great one. From the entertaining retelling of the classic tale to the amazing art of Skottie Young. I highly recommend this graphic novel to those who love the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pattycake on August 19, 2011
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when thinking of buying a wizard of oz book i would totally recommend this one because it got the graphics and really good story and it follows really well to what Frank l Baum would have wanted for a marvel cartoon!
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By Brad Teare VINE VOICE on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a fan of the Oz books so you might think I would be a pushover for this adaptation. But actually since we fans are so obsessed with writers and illustrators getting it "right" we often bash those who fall short. But there is nothing to bash here. This is the most delightful version of The Wizard of Oz I have read. It might even be better than he original since I prefer the illustrations of John R. Neil (he illustrated all but the first book which was illustrated by William Denslow).

I enjoyed every page of this book. The drawings of Skottie Young are absolutely spot on, yet bring a new sensibility. Which I appreciate since the movie over exposed the iconic characters. The author/illustrators have done the impossible by staying true to the spirit of the original while broadening and expanding the mythic world of Oz. Well done!

I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
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