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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder) Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 3, 2000
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For many of us, the adventures of Dorothy in Oz will forever be associated not with Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but with W. W. Denslow's exceedingly odd line drawings for the original editions of Baum's Oz series. The Viennese artist Lisbeth Zwerger, however, goes a long way toward providing a new and refreshed set of images for the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the humbug wizard. These illustrations are often cockeyed, with occasional realistic details thrown in, like a crow with a corncob in its beak in the first portrait of the Scarecrow. The characters have a poignance and oddity that escaped the makers of the Oz movie. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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!
There are no pull-tabs and nothing for you to do other than enjoy Sabuda's artistry as a cyclone ascends over the Kansas prairie, the Munchkins approach Dorothy's house in Munchkinland, a field of red poppies appears to put some of the travellers to sleep, the Emerald City (complete with green spectacles!) rises from the page, the Wicked Witch's castle emerges, Oz's balloon takes off and Glinda greets the adventurers in the country of the long-necked Quadlings.
This would be a fabulous introduction to the story for older youngsters or a fine collectible. Really beautiful.
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