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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Books of Wonder) Hardcover – August, 1987
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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
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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.