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Classics Reimagined, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Hardcover – Unabridged, September 15, 2014
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Retold with illustrations by Italian artist Olimpia Zagnoli, this reimagined edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will sweep you into a colorful and inspiring world that you can only dream of!
"As part of Rockport's Classics Reimagined series, this new edition of Oz - aptly saturated in emerald green - modernizes the story, while paying homage to the past. Zagnoli's vision permeates the book, adding moods and angles perhaps never seen within the pages before. She conveys a lot through simple shapes and repeated patterns; the sometimes sparse pages are only bolstered by their blank spaces. From the simplistic curl of the winged monkeys' tails to the golden hot air balloon, Zagnoli's illustrations are made up solely of black, white, green and gold - creating a powerful, contemporary visual story that perfectly matches the 114-year-old tale." - Katie Olsen, www.coolhunting.com
"L. Frank Baum's children's book, published in 1900, has already received a face-lift you might've heard of: it was adapted into the most-watched film of all time, after all. Now Quarto Books has ventured to reimagine the story once more, using a spare, geometric design that complements the dizzying story perfectly. A ripple of bright rings symbolizes the tornado that starts it all, and Dorothy and her crew move through a two-dimensional Oz. The flatness of the design matches the alienness and surreality of the fictional world." - Huffington Post
"I was instantly taken with Classics Reimagined: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz -- a gorgeous edition of the L. Frank Baum classic with imaginatively minimalist art by Italian illustrator Olimpia Zagnoli (whose initials couldn't befit the project more perfectly), the first in a new series by Rockport Publishers pairing some of today's most exciting illustrators and graphic artists with some of yesteryear's most beloved books.
What makes Zagnoli's take on Baum's story especially enchanting is the refreshing juxtaposition between garish extravagance with which Oz is traditionally portrayed and her restrained yet expressive imagery -- contained precision, bold geometric graphics, and repetitive patterns that somehow manage to exude the almost psychedelic sensibility of Baum's whimsical world." - Brain Pickings
About the Author
L. Frank Baum (1856–1919) was a prolific American writer, who also attempted to adapt his writing to stage and screen, including turning the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into a musical in 1902. Due to the success of the original book, he wrote an addional thirteen Oz books.
Olimpia Zagnoli is a young Italian artist, who often collaborates with The New York Times, The New Yorker, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone, Taschen and many others. She recently completed the cover design for the "American Illustration" book and she has done ad campaigns for Clinique, Panda and other major clients both in the U.S. and Europe. She lives in Milan in a house with kaleidoscopic floors.
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This is a design-lover's dream, from the intricate detailing of the cover, to the gold-leaf geometric shapes decorating the pages. Absolutely a children's book adults will be happy to have sitting on their coffee table.