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The Wizard of Oz Hardcover – Abridged, May 19, 2015
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"Charles Santore turns L. Frank Baum’s classic story, THE WIZARD OF OZ into an heirloom book. There are 100 pages in this abridgment of Dorothy’s adventures, all fully illustrated, most full-page and many double-page spreads. Together they reinvigorate the tale in an oversized book which speaks volumes about the rich imaginations of Baum and Santore while making the book accessible to younger readers." (Susie Wilde of Igniting Writing)
"I look forward to bringing this book into my classroom on Monday. I have a feeling that many of my Wizard of Oz fans will be clamoring to read it." (Katherine Sokolowski of Read, Write, Reflect)
"THE WIZARD OF OZ: THE CLASSIC EDITION is a beautifully rendered book that is sure to quickly become a family favorite." (Alex Baugh of Randomly Reading)
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L. Frank Baum is the author of 14 Oz books, as well as many other classics of American fantasy. THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ is the best known of his legendary books.
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But the story itself was pretty funny and a bit morbid IMO. If you have watched the movie but not read the book, lemme tell you; they are similar but by no means are they the same. The tin man’s reason for being tin was…..bordering on the ridiculous. My daughter and I kept laughing at each time he lost a limb.
And the Lion didn’t really come off as cowardly so much as bratty. But I’m sure that’s just our modern interpretation. I did love the flying monkeys. They played a much bigger part in the book. Each chapter was like a mini adventure, always something new that happened and was resolved by the end of it. It kept us engaged in that aspect.
One thing I will spoil for you….her shoes are NOT red.
And did you know, there’s like 13 books in this series? I had no idea. Anyway, it was a fun read. I definitely recommend it, especially if you had kids.
And while it delivers on that, the quality of the printing, formatting, and layout is poor.
I got this book free from Amazon.com, and it will always be one of the treasures residing in my Kindle for PC application. It may become the same for any reader who chooses it for themselves. The Kindle for PC application can be had for free from Amazon.com as well. Get it and start your own collection of classics such as 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'.
And it's really sad that I hadn't, as the full novelization is spectacular. A whole lot of nuance is lost in the abridged versions (and the film). Baum does a spectacular job of letting us see Oz through Dorothy's eyes, while also causing us to realize that the Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow were never in need of the items they wanted.
But even more so, we see this fantastical tale of a whole new world. A new world that I can't wait to read more about...meaning, for the first time in possibly ever, I'm going to have to work through some more of the books in this series. Excited to see what comes next.
There's something fun and very "escapist" about Oz. It's a nice trip into a fantasy land where nothing too deep or evil is happening. I think there's a little bit of meaning in some of the things. Such as a man without a heart not realizing he has all the qualities of a person with one, and so on.
Overall it's just one of those quick, easy, breeze through reads that I might not enjoy so much if I just read it as an adult. But because it's part of my childhood I can overlook the lacking parts and just go for the ride.