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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Graphic Novel) Paperback – September 22, 2010
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Our first book is "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". My kids and I have all seen the Judy Garland movie (more than once) and so we were all excited to start the book; eager to read about the munchkins, ruby slippers, and melting green witches.
For those of you that have read the book, you'll know that those slippers are, indeed, not ruby red. They are silver! What?!
Once I began reading to my girls, I knew that I needed to throw away all preconceived notions of what I thought this story was out the window. From the first chapter, it seemed that most of the similarities ended with a girl named Dorothy.
Once I was able to get into the book and empty my mind of the Hollywood counterpart, I was immediately able to immerse myself into the world of Oz.
The book is whimsical and silly. But, in an almost, grown-up way. There were bits of humor interlaced throughout that my girls just didn't get, but that would make me giggle.
Baum's classic made me realize--once again--that reading the book before seeing the movie should always be a priority.
And, now, I get to read the sequel with my nine-year-old.
Two things made reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz very special to me. First, the audiobook, narrated by actress Anne Hathaway, was an absolutely delightful listening experience! L. Frank Baum’s characters in this story are so magical, vivid, and lively. I thought Anne Hathaway flawlessly brought life with these familiar characters in her narration. The cast in the book is large, and there are some minor characters that weren’t portrayed in the movie. She had a different voice for everyone, and her ability to easily change her voice to the character of the moment showcased her excellent acting talents!
The other thing that was special to me was listening to this story with my daughter. The audiobook falls just slightly under four hours, so it’s definitely doable for young minds, especially since the story moves along at a nice pace. While I had read the book before, it was my daughter’s first journey to Oz, so to speak. We found ourselves quickly absorbed in the adventure and giggling at certain moments. Ms. Hathaway’s voices for the mice and stork were pretty funny! It was a lovely bookish, bonding experience for both of us, indeed. Whether you’ve seen the movie or read this book before, I still recommend the audiobook. It’s a very entertaining version of a timeless classic! *I purchased the audiobook, and this is my honest review.
I’ve been rereading some of my favorite children’s stories that I read during my preteen and teen years. As a middle-aged guy I enjoyed revisiting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales, Charlotte’s Web, Winnie the Pooh The Complete Tales, Treasure Island, Watership Down and The Wind in the Willows as much, maybe even more, than I did as a kid. All classics.
I’d shelve the Dinotopia and the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, with this group of classic children’s stories too.
Normally I’m a sampler. I haven’t seen any of the movies from the following series, but I did read the first books, Twilight, Outlander, Fifty Shades of Grey, Divergent, etc. I sample a lot of first books, but I don’t read many complete series. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, and The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series by George Martin are a couple of exceptions.
Other sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Jack Campbell, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Abe Evergreen, Robert A. Heinlein, Hugh Howey, Larry Niven, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, and Andy Weir.
An interesting side note: for so long, I had missed a key component of what each character wanted from the Wizard. Each already had exactly what they were looking for. The Scarecrow came up with the plans, the Tin Woodman cried, the Lion often led the charge in battle, and Dorothy wore the slippers that could've taken her home. This is rarely touched upon in the story, but I don't think it should be glossed over. Witty, often straightforward dialog accompanies many scenes, even when the action ends suddenly.
Now it's time to go back and watch the 1939 film version again, as well as any other parallel adaptations that come to mind.