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The Wonderful World (Wizard) of Oz (Books of Wonder) [Kindle Edition with Audio/Video]

Frank L. Baum , W. W. Denslow
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Book Description

This vook edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz combines the original children's book with a classic, black and white film from the 1910's and imaginative illustrations by W.W. Denslow from the original book, which was first published in 1900. Due to its timeless nature, this book has been reprinted and adapted into countless versions, including the iconic MGM film "The Wizard of Oz", which featured Judy Garland and was released in 1939. This story follows a young girl named Dorothy on her cyclone-induced trip from a bleak farm in Kansas, to the colorful and exciting land of Oz. Through her adventures she meets a variety of interesting friends, including the scarecrow, tinman, and the lion. With the help of a few munchkins, flying monkeys, wizards, and good witches, Dorothy is able to defeat the Wicked Witch and finally find her way back to Kansas.

Editorial Reviews Review

In spite of the fact that L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) is one of the most popular stories in America, relatively few people have actually read the book. It's well worth the effort! Young readers expecting rainbows, Munchkin songs, and wicked witches with burning brooms will instead find a complex country populated with mocking Hammerhead men, dainty people made out of china, and fierce monsters with heads of tigers and bodies of bears. Through the fantastic land of Oz ramble Dorothy and her trusty companions--Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion--each seeking his or her heart's desire. Although the premise of the book and the 1939 movie is the same, the book--as so often is the case--delivers a far more subtle and intricate plot. A child's imagination will run rampant in these pages as one extraordinary creature after another leads the motley crew into strange and magical adventures. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

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: 142 MB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vook; 100 Anv edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YL4LN4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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311 of 320 people found the following review helpful
I know you're all wondering, "how does she know the correct order?" Is she over 100yrs old? Well, I know because my grandmother, gone for 34 yrs now, had each and every book bought hot of the presses. Inside each book, except the first, are the previous books in order. Also a couple of the names have changed a bit since they were first written but I have the Books of Wonder titles in this list.
So, here they are in correct order.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Marvelous Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz
Dorthy and the Wizard in Oz
The Road to Oz
The Emerald City of Oz
The Patchwork Girl 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
Glinda of Oz
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140 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ORIGINAL Wizard of Oz is Published May 18, 2004
I don't own THIS particular Edition, but I will soon, and as soon as I saw it in Dymmocks, I looked through it and thought "I've really gotta get this book!" And this is why . . . .
I'm sure that there are those of you who have the annotated Wizard of Oz and/or the Dover editions of the Wonderful/Wizard of Oz (Dover has made different copies in publishing it in different ways). the Annotated Wizard of Oz may have the pictures in full-colour, but the colour plates are in 1 whole place, in the middle of the book, and that goes the same for the recent Dover Edition of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz (where Dorothy is wearing a pink dress, talking to her friends, all wearing the Green glasses). The other Dover editions of this story have the pictures in black-and-white (sometimes all, other times, a few of them) with the colour-plates in their own chapter but in black-and-white.
THIS EDITION - the 100th Anniversary Edition - is one everybody should have. It has all the pictures in colour-and-black lined with the FULL-COLOUR-Plates in their OWN PROPER CHAPTER place, e.g. "She caught Toto by the ear" in THE CYCLONE, "I am the Witch of the North" in THE COUNCIL WITH THE MUNCHKINS, etc. It even has the picture of Dorothy and Toto back in Kansas on the very final page on the book in the backboard. And when you pull off this picture-cover (the one that you see now), the actual cardboard-leather-bound cover has the EXACT SAME ORIGINAL Cover Angela Lansbury shows in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Making of a Movie Classic", where the Cowardly Lion is wearing the Green glasses on the Front cover, Toto is on the spine and the back has the faces of Dorothy, the Scarecrow and (Nick chopper) the Tin Woodman in circles.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Good Price March 5, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This version of Baum's classic book "The Wizard of Oz" makes a great, not to mention inexpensive, addition to your home library. It's both small and short, making it easy to take with you on a bus trip or for reading in bed.

Don't let the cheesy cover fool you--the book contains the actual black-and-white illustrations from the original version. For me, that was a real plus! Other than that, this printing is no-frills, just sweet and simple. No commentary or analysis, just the wonderful little story we all know and love.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great children's book April 28, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book, which was old when I was a child, is still a great children's book. In some ways, I like it better than the famous movie made from it and starring Judy Garland. The movie was great, but time constraints caused them to leave out quite a lot. As a child, I whiled away many an hour reading this particular book. Still, if your child is an indifferent reader, you might have to think about it, since it's not written in today's style.
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52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what is advertised January 31, 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book description says that all 24 color plates are included, and that this is a facsimile of the first edition. This is simply not true. The only color illustration is on the cover. Denslow's elaborate color scccheme in which the textual illustrations change as we move through Oz are missing. Buyer beware.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic! January 3, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Im reviewing the Kindle version of this viewed on my kindle PC as I wait for my Kindle. I respect Mr. Baums hard work on this title, in a foreword he mentions wanting to create truely new myths. That's always a tall order for any writer but he does just that. It's a well known tale thats charming, humble and unpretentious in its execution.

It also has staying power, why else do adults still purchase it, line up to see the Anniversary version of the movie-- quality. You could do far worse for a snuggle up read for yourself or your children
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised Me.. in a good way April 9, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I remember reading this book in middle school, and not liking it very much. But as I have been re-reading may old books I read years ago, I thought I would give it another go.
I was very surprised at how much I liked it. I came into the reading prepared to dislike the book, I do the movie but this book is way better. The movie is (was... haven't seen it in years) not as in depth, as in any book to movie story.
You get more depth and filling from the lion, tin man and dorthy. I felt I got to know there past and troubles more, in this book.
I plan on reading the other books that take place in Oz.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dalmatian, Change Your Spots!!!! May 18, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A foul, evil stench has blown into Munchkin Land.....

After a hundred years in print "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" has been drastically changed by one Suzi Alexander. She has added her name as an author to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which was written long before she was ever born. So, what has she done to deserve the co-author credit for a book that sold millions worldwide before she ever heard of it? The "Great and Powerful" Suzi of Oz has judged that L. Frank Baum didn't know what he was doing and thus his great novel needed to be condensed and adapted by her for modern audiences. The original, best-selling Oz needed Suzi to save it.

Tell us Suzi, Who died an made you Wizard?

This is an outrage made possible because the copyright for "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" has expired and so anyone can do anything they like with the text. Yes, by law it is now in the public domain. Anyone, anywhere can publish it.

I have many fine editions of the original novel published by divergent companies that loved the story so much they wanted to keep making it available to more and more children as well as the child in all of us. The Suzi Alexander version, however, seems to be written not by someone who loves the the original but instead by a person who thinks she can make a better version than the one who sold all these millions of copies before she got her hands on it.

May the children of the world throw a bucket of water on her and watch Suzi's wickedness melt away.

As a child who carefully memorized every single word of the original, I find the Dalmatian Press, Suzi Alexander, altered and condensed work to be nothing less than an abomination.

Keep your hands off our priceless treasures! These silver shoes do NOT belong to you!
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1.0 out of 5 stars It looks like someone photocopied this book and stuck a cover over ...
It looks like someone photocopied this book and stuck a cover over it. There are no illustrations whatsoever. Very disappointing.
Published 1 day ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite stories!
Published 2 days ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars It was awesome
My name is Jessica Link and I gave the wizard of oz five star's because It was very entertaining for me.
Published 3 days ago by cldhm
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny children's story, good narration
I loved these books when I was a kid, and visiting it again reminded me why. The characters are likable and the story is kind of charming, even though, like Peter Pan (which I kind... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oz of My Understanding
Growing up watching the movie, once a year on tv, I always wanted to read this book. Really glad I did. You will be too!
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