- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (September 22, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785145907
- ISBN-13: 978-0785145905
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,773 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Graphic Novel) Paperback – September 22, 2010
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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
This was a fun story, the pictures are a little strange and my children (ages 3 & 6) had lots of comments about them, the picture of the cover is a pretty good representation of what the pictures in the book are like. This was a very high quality book, it has almost 300 pages and is nicely bound.
It was almost exactly what I was looking for, I need something with larger print, so it is easier to read out-loud to my children and something with lots of pictures that would give them something to look at while I read. The only problem with it is the pictures are just a little too weird sometimes, my kids don't seem to mind and I guess everything doesn't need to be stereotypical Disney cute, but could they have found a Dorothy doll that was a little less ugly?
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!