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

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Length: 117 pages Word Wise: Enabled
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  • File Size: 250 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482578409
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZRAJS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Imre Nemeth on June 29, 2014
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nan Mitchell on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Stockett on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maureen on September 21, 2012
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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 By M. DeKalb on May 17, 2013
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I will preface this by stating - this is quite different than what you've seen in the movie. I, like probably most, have seen the movie many times and had still refrained from reading the work by L. Frank Baum.

Am I sorry I waited so long (I'm 28), and it seems almost a sin to have done so, for I am of the natural disposition that the book IS ALWAYS better than the movie. So goes my general experience and as such was the case here with this classic children's fairy tale. Which, of its own merits has received much praise as well as occasional flak, and only a good story can conjure both.

Originally published today... 113 years ago (5.17.1900)... we encounter all the familiar characters: Dorothy, Toto, The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion.

As is familiar to most, Dorothy is taken from Uncle Henry and Aunt Em by a cyclone which drops her off in the Land of Oz, a great (usually referred to as `terrible') and secretive wizard. In efforts to get herself back to Kansas, Dorothy must find Oz in the City of Emeralds which is located along the yellow brick road. She first encounters the Scarecrow whom needs some brains; then the tin woodsman, who, caught in a rainstorm rusted into position and being made completely of tin (as the wicked witch had cursed his axe to slowly dismember him until he had no flesh parts... yeah, that wasn't in the movie, huh?) had seized and been stationary for a year, he needs a heart.

Between these two we enter a neat little philosophical debate:
Woodsman: `But once I had brains, and a heart also; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart' (321).
Scarecrow: `I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.' (349).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aaron C. Brown TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2014
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The Wizard of Oz books are available in a number of Kindle editions at prices from free on up. My personal favorite is Wizard of Oz Illustrated which contains the original illustrations and the introductions. This version does not have illustrations, but in partial recompense has three advantages. It is cheaper, it includes six Oz short stories and it has excellent Kindle formatting including links. That makes it my second favorite Kindle collection.

The short stories are disappointing. They feature a few of the Oz characters doing Oz-like things, but have little spirit or point. I read them out of curiosity, but I don't recommend them except to hardcore Oz fans or graduate students in American literature.

The navigation and formatting are a big help, given the length of the material.
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