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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Baum
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Book Description

Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto are in for the ride of their lives when a tornado drops them off in the Land of Oz. Can Dorothy and her new friends survive the perils of Oz to reach the Wizard and find a way home?


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For many of us, the adventures of Dorothy in Oz will forever be associated not with Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but with W. W. Denslow's exceedingly odd line drawings for the original editions of Baum's Oz series. The Viennese artist Lisbeth Zwerger, however, goes a long way toward providing a new and refreshed set of images for the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the humbug wizard. These illustrations are often cockeyed, with occasional realistic details thrown in, like a crow with a corncob in its beak in the first portrait of the Scarecrow. The characters have a poignance and oddity that escaped the makers of the Oz movie.

From Publishers Weekly

Viennese illustrator and Hans Christian Andersen Medalist Lisbeth Zwerger takes a fresh look at L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz in a large-format edition. Zwerger's fantastical, delicate, eccentric illustrations bear no resemblance to the vision of the movie; they make the classic tale new again. And readers can view the Emerald City through a pair of green-tinted glasses, provided in the back of the book.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 250 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482578409
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZRAJS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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L. Frank Baum, according to legend, was a guy who didn't get anything right until he penned this book. Then everything went crazy. And here I am writing this review more than a century later. The guy's a visionary, and this is the novel or novelette that started it all. I loved the movie. And I've seen it multiple times. Many, many times actually. But other than one of his subsequent novels in the series that I read to some kids I babysat nearly every Friday, I'd never read the original. I was inspired this time to read it by my granddaughter, who at 5 is an insatiable listener to stories. I ran out of things to read and ordered this on my Kindle. I plowed through multiple chapters before she got tired. The kid is amazing. The opposite of her mom who would get sleepy quickly. I bid farewell to my granddaughter and continued reading. The story is a revelation. It is much like a story a father would tell his kids to get them to sleep. It's got thrills, dangerous challenges and happy endings. The movie version is an entirely different beast and wonderful in its own way. But this one sets up the entire world of Oz and its continuing adventures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The wonderful wizard of oz- a classic treasure February 18, 2013
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I read this for the first time as a mom, trying to see if it was a good book for my 8 year old. I enjoyed this simple read and think it will be very suitable for my daughter. The language was not complicated and the adventures were short and not overly violent. I can't wait to discuss this book with her.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun story of Adventure in a strange land February 21, 2013
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This was a very fun little story. I have seen the movie probably a dozen times, and it was fun to see how the novel differed from the movie.

One thing I thought was interesting is that the wicked witch is really just another adventure in a long journey. The movie tries to make her the primary villain, but she's not that big of a deal in the book. I can definitely see why the movie was changed to give the story arc a more clearly defined climax. The book is more like a travelogue through a strange country, and ends somewhat abruptly.

Ultimately, it is a fun travelogue, and I always enjoy books that show fantastic landscapes with fantastic creatures, and this book has plenty of that. But it wasn't quite the story you would expect after watching the movie.

I look forward to reading the rest of the series, particularly the ones that go beyond the movies I have seen. I'm excited to see what other adventures await Dorothy.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A classic September 21, 2012
By Maureen
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This is, of course, a classic of yesteryear. It is hard to read without seeing the movie in your head, but it is still a great tale. There is more in the story than there was on the screen, although in much more simplified form. a little old-fashioned for today's tastes, but still worthy of being read to youngsters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 26, 2013
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Great book, couldn't stop reading it. A definite page turner. I've seen almost all movie adaptations of this book and reading it definitely made me look at it in a whole new light.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie January 12, 2013
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This book is so much better than the movie. There is more action and adventures. Dorothy meets more friends like, the winged monkeys (in the movie they were just used as evil minions of the wicked witch) the queen of the field mice, the China people (I wouldn't call them her friends) the wicked witch's minions, and the animals in the forest. If you've seen the movie you have to read the book, this book is so much better than the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A splendid journey to Oz January 10, 2013
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I ENJOYED this fantasy very much and thought worthy of high rating. I particularly enjoyed the unique approach to the people and history of the land of Oz. I also felt the story's storyline regarding the effect of believing in oneself having the effect of making it true. OUR minds have great power if we would only believe it. I also liked the emphasis on good being more powerful than evil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely innocent book January 11, 2015
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This is one of the most known classics of all. In my opinion, we have all seen the tin woodman, the scarecrow or the coward lion, and nevertheless so few of us have read the story. Myself included never read it until now, just to find it so lovely and indeed wonderfull.. It's of course a kid's book. But just because of it, it is so lovely, I grew fond to the characters in a really peculiar and fast way, the innocence of them and the simple way the magic in the land of oz works is just delightfull., me classic every one should read.. Just to remind us that a book has no need of complexity or great plots to be great, but it can rely instead in charming characters and simple magic. Wonderfull even after more than 100 long years.
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