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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up
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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, master paper engineer Robert Sabuda has created a pop-up version of Dorothy's adventures in Oz that fans will find hard to resist. Modeling his depictions of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the rest after W. W. Denslow's original art, Sabuda adds a third dimension that would have rocked Denslow's--and Baum's--world. A rapidly spinning cyclone actually casts a breeze over the startled reader's face. Glorious red poppies wave seductively in a field. And the Emerald City positively glitters with green, especially when young readers try on the special tinted "Spectacles for You" provided in a pocket on the page. The abridged text, provided in minibooklets set onto each page, covers enough basics for the Oz novice, but we recommend a read-aloud of the original, as well, for all the glory and detail of Baum's fantastic tale. Sabuda's homage to the classic is truly spectacular; even purists will gasp in delight at the sight of the humbug wizard floating away in his shiny green, gold, and blue hot-air balloon. This great introduction to the story of Oz doubles as a fun collector's item. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5-This showstopping pop-up book celebrates the 100th birthday of The Wizard of Oz in a spectacular fashion; from the twister that spins up dizzyingly on the opening spread to the final "And oh, Aunt Em! I'm so glad to be at home again!" clinch, the array of special effects will wow even blas "seen it all" readers. Not only is Sabuda a wizardly paper engineer, able to pull off a bursting ball of flame, a melting witch, and a balloon rocking gently in the breeze, but he also shows a magic touch with pictorial art, creating colored lino-cut figures that strongly recall those of W. W. Denslow. The large central effects open up like stage settings, and are flanked with accordion-folded insets that contain even more pop-ups, along with an abbreviated text closely based on the original. Nor does the razzle-dazzle stop there, as Dorothy's silver shoes, the yellow brick road, and even the Emerald City are coated with shimmering foil, and by donning the included pair of tinted spectacles, readers are treated to a hidden message on one page. Sabuda's homage to an enduring classic captures its timeless sense of wonder, distinctive characters, and the flavor of its melodrama brilliantly.
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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The book is hard cover (10" x 9" and 2 1/2 inches thick) and is well over 500 pages long. Of course it includes the original text by Mr. L. Frank Baum with all of the pictures by the original illustrator for the original 1900 classic, W. W. Denslow. The book is edited by Michael Patrick Hearn and includes a brief preface by Martin Gardner. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" "The Annotated Wizard of Oz" was published in 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company. There is also an annotated edition from the 1970's, too, however the 2000 edition is the definitive one to get.
The cover of the book is like a bright and colorful present. It's almost 3-D. It is a beautiful evergreen and dark golden brown and the pictures just pop out in all different directions.
I like to think of this book as 4 mini books in one. It's a wealth of information that everyone will appreciate because it truly has something for everyone. I do take exception with the editor who stated that this book is for adults; this would make a wonderful gift for a young person, which would start a lifetime of appreciation of Mr. Baum's work.
As a child I was given "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and ever since then I have been a huge fan of it. It was really one of the very first books that got me interested in reading because the story was so imaginative and timeless. I still have that book which I hold dear.
There is a very elaborate introduction which is more than 100 pages long. It describes the background of how the book was first written, as well as the biography of Mr. Baum. It also details the impact that the book had on society, as well as the countless other Oz books, plays, projects and movies, including Judy Garland's 1939 classic.
The introduction features tons and tons of otherwise unpublished and scarcely seen photos, such as the "Father Goose" comic strip. These include early pictures of L. Frank Baum as a child, rarely (if ever) seen promotional pictures and posters put out by the original publisher and even some unusual and unique drawings by W. W. Denslow, which predate "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
This has the original publication of L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" right after the introduction. The story was so magical because it reminded me of my childhood. L. Frank Baum had such a way about his writing because he was able to speak to young and old readers alike. The story is both universal and transcends all times and places. I always loved how it ended because it was so simple and of course, ended happily ever after.
The original text is so effortless, yet so complex because instead of writing about things that could scare children, the book is very plot-driven. Something is constantly happening. This is the type of story that you can be proud to share with your child and grandchildren.
The original text also includes all of the first-edition chapters, table of contents and the introduction that was first included. And the original full-page color plates (as well as the color title page) are also printed, too. These are so beautifully illustrated and really articulate this story perfectly. My favorite is the seventh one of Dorothy on the yellow brick road with the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow and Toto.
Mr. L. Frank Baum' vision is actually much different from the '39 movie. I love the movie (it's my very favorite movie, in fact), but the book is not as rushed or hurried. It also describes many things that never took place in the movie, such as the last several chapters.
Interspersed throughout the text are annotations on nearly every other page, about nearly every page. The editor of this book painstakingly went over every single syllable, word, phrase, line, paragraph and page to come up with the cumulative analysis of this classic story that is famous around the world.
We hear from tons of literary scholars in the annotations, including everyone from L. Frank Baum himself to Salmon Rushdie to the author of the Russian version of "The Wizard of Oz" just to name a few. It is fascinating how such a simple story could be broken down into something that is truly complex and incredibly detailed and descriptive and thought-out.
There are also many rare and also unseen pictures throughout the text/annotations. Such as letters and inscriptions that L. Frank Baum wrote and even some early drawings by W. W. Denslow.
After the story ends there is a brief appendix about W. W. Denslow which includes more rarely seen drawings, as well as the story "Adventures of the Scarecrow and the Tin Man and the Little Girl" by Thos. H. Russell.
There are large, full-page, color Oz maps on each of the inside cover pages, on both sides of the book too. And there's a meticulously described bibliography that literally lists every single published work of L. Frank Baum, and much, more besides that.
For whatever reason, it seems like the "Wizard of Oz" seems to be a cottage industry that attracts many greedy and money-motivated people to spit out anything as long as they can get a few shekels for it. But "The Annotated Wizard of Oz" is surely the exception. Although it is not cheap, it is well worth the investment because the stories and pictures, as well as the wealth of information are truly invaluable.
This is truly a magical book for children and adults. There's more than in the movie, and also less (no music). The story of how the Tin Woodsman came to be as he is actually is horrific (think SawVIII) but it didn't seem to bother our son, either as a 3 year old being read to or as a 10 year old reading it on his own).
Should be on every child's bookshelf.
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