The source of the beloved adventure film The Wizard of Oz is now available on audio. When a twister strikes her Kansas home, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away to the magical Land of Oz. Her strange and eventful journey leads her to Oz--through a land where nothing is what it seems. 2 cassettes.Amazon.com Review
In spite of the fact that L. Frank Baum's The WonderfulWizard of Oz (1900) is one of the most popular stories in America,relatively few people have actually read the book. It's well worth theeffort! Young readers expecting rainbows, Munchkin songs, and wickedwitches with burning brooms will instead find a complex countrypopulated with mocking Hammerhead men, dainty people made out ofchina, and fierce monsters with heads of tigers and bodies ofbears. Through the fantastic land of Oz ramble Dorothy and her trustycompanions--Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion--eachseeking his or her heart's desire. Although the premise of the bookand the 1939 movie is the same, the book--as so often is thecase--delivers a far more subtle and intricate plot. A child'simagination will run rampant in these pages as one extraordinarycreature after another leads the motley crew into strange and magicaladventures. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more
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Wizard of Oz book review
The used book arrived in a timely manner.It had obviously been used and had many library stamps on the inside covers, but was in good condition.
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This is an edition of The Wizard of Oz with two long critical essays by the editor. The two recent biographies of L. Frank Baum by Loncraine and Schwartz are both excellent and much better than these essays.
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This is defiantely a child's favorite. Kind of similar to the movie, but you know how that goes. I'm sure the rest of the series is more raw. This was an easy read, and not as "out there" as I had heard it would be.
The Greatest American Fantasy Ever Written
Everyone knows that the British are the masters of fairy tales and fantasy. Somebody must have forgotten to tell that to Frank L. Baum! With The Wizard of Oz, Baum single-handedly challenges the greatest works of British fantasy without blinking.
At first glance, one can see the influence of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland, on The Wizard of Oz. But what separates The Wizard of Oz from all other fairy tales before this time, is that this fairy tale is uniquely American both in mood and setting. The characters in The Wizard of Oz are as enchanting as anything the Grimms wrote about. There's Dorothy, Toto the dog, The Scarecrow who wants a brain, the Tin Man without a heart, The Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West, and of course, The Mighty Wizard of Oz who rules Emerald City.
When the story begins, a fierce cyclone descends on Dorothy's house in rural Kansas and transports her to the magical Land of Oz. No sooner than she arrives in Oz, Dorothy discovers that her house has fallen on and killed The Wicked Witch of the East. By so doing, Dorothy has freed the people of Oz from the tyranny of one of two evil witches. Even so, Dorothy wants to return to Kansas and is instructed by The Good Witch of the North that only the Wonderful Wizard of Oz can send her home. Thus, Dorothy embarks on the Yellow Brick road to seek the wizard and along the way encounters many strange and wonderful creatures. Little does she know that her quest is ill-fated, for an unexpected surprise awaits her at journey's end.
What truly distinguishes The Wizard of Oz from preexisting fairy tales, is that Baum intentionally sought to create a contemporary American fairy tale that discarded all of the terrifying and gruesome aspects of the fairy tales of European tradition. Baum succeeded beyond his wildest imaginations and created an unforgettable classic that went on to spawn a number of popular sequels.
Anyone who loves traditional fairy tales and hasn't yet read this book should grab themselves a copy of The Wizard of Oz. A wonderful tale of enchantment and excitement awaits. All you have to do is to follow Dorothy on her magical adventure and travel the Yellow Brick Road!
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