- Age Range: 7 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 2 and up
- Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (September 15, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805002219
- ISBN-13: 978-0805002218
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.9 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2,110 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wizard of Oz Hardcover – September 15, 1982
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The Scarecrow of Oz is another great Oz book. There are a couple new characters (Trot and Cap’n Bill) and lots of old favorites (Glinda, the Scarecrow, Button Bright, Dorothy, Ozma, and so on). There is not as much wordplay in this one, but there is some great action and excitement. I highly recommend this book to Oz fans!
The story itself is pretty good. Although all of this series is clearly written for children, it's entertaining enough for adults to enjoy reading as well. But as an adult, I couldn't help but notice that many of the characters in all of these Oz stories, including the central characters, are often conceited, arrogant, and rude, yet at the same time, quite polite about it.
WRITTEN BY: L. Frank Baum
PUBLISHED: May, 1900
There really isn't much more to say than has already been offered a thousand time over. This book is a timeless classic. I just read it to my son and can confirm that the story is touching for all ages. He's five, I'm thirty-seven, and we enjoyed it together. My parents love it, grandparents love it, etc. There are not a lot of fiction works that are appealing to so wide an audience. If you don't know the basic story, according to the movie at least, your childhood was a sham. The book includes additional passages and adventures which were left out of the MGM film; it's also darker and more violent than the movie... and lacks the songs.
Five out of Five stars
The book and the movie deviate from each other quite a bit, but both include essentially the same story. I'm glad the movie didn't try to copy the book directly, and changed some parts to not only fit the limits it had, but to make the whole story more movie-esque - like really jazzing up Munchkin Land and making it smaller than the book implied it was. (Dorothy is of the same height as the Munchkins in the book.)
One thing in the book that I thought was really cool was that the Wizard of Oz shows himself in multiple forms, not just the big head. He's even a lady at one point. Also I like the hammer-head guys at the end of the book. L. Frank Baum really showed me his creative abilities there.
On a side note, there are some violent scenes in the book, particularly involving multiple beheadings at a time.
I really think that if you only see the movie and don't read the book, you're missing out. This book contains the REAL Tinman, and the REAL Scarecrow. The ones from the movie are just copies. Darn good copies, but still copies. Oh, the things a good book from a good author can inspire!
The story is pretty faithful to the original, book not the movie. Eric Shanower does a great job of condensing the novel into comic book format which can sometimes lead to a lot of stuff getting cut out, but not much has been left out here.
The art on this book is top-notch! Skottie Young's offbeat style is perfect for the land of Oz! The character designs for Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion are unlike anything we have ever seen before.
As I said before, my daughter begs me to read this book to her still. It has helped her learn to read and has reinforced her excitement for reading! More so than any other thing that I can think of is the highest praise I can give to a book!
As a bonus, Baum's wife and mother-in-law were famous suffragettes and he worked hard for the cause; and one thing he did in that direction was to create strong female heroines in all his books (while many of the male characters are hapless and goofy). He was a real hero. :)