Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

 

wonderfulwizardofozThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

Series: Oz (1)
Genres: ClassicsFictionChildren’sYoung Adult
Published By: The George M. Hill Company in 1900 (first edition release)
Format: Paperback (156 pages)

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Since it first appeared in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has brought joy to generations. In it, a girl’s dream world comes to life as the cyclone lifts Dorothy from Kansas, depositing her in the enchanted land of the Munchkins. H ere she meets the famous Oz characters: the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Her adventures along the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City and the Wizard himself evoke the rich, universal appeal of a classic fairy tale.

Review

I grew up with the Judy Garland Wonderful Wizard of Oz film, and in fifth grade, The Emerald City of Oz was one of my favorite books, but yet, I had had never read the original, the one that started it all, until now. And I found it delightful.

It reads very much like a fairytale, as it was intended. The only reason I give it four stars is that, ashamedly, I think that for the most part, the MGM version has improved upon it. Dorothy and her friends do an awful lot of travelling, which is detailed by interactions with strange and wonderful creatures who, mostly, do not help her along her way at all.

As all books-gone-movie, there are the little gems in the book that people don’t know about, and for me, these were things like the Tim Woodman’s story, the Golden Cap, and the special glasses all entrants into the Emerald City must wear. While Oz is not intended for adults, it should be read to children – America’s own fairytale, and is certainly to set the imagination spinning.

TL;DR

This is an American classic fairytale and everyone ought to read it.  Period.


Source

I purchased this particular copy off Amazon… and I have to say, this is a horrible reprint of the book.  It is littered with typos and poor formatting.  I donated this copy and intend to replace it in my personal library.


First Sentence

“Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer’s wife.”


Some of My Favorite Quotes

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

“I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.”

“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.”

“Toto did not really care whether he was in Kansas or the Land of Oz so long as Dorothy was with him; but he knew the little girl was unhappy, and that made him unhappy too.”

“Dorothy said nothing. Oz had not kept the promise he made her, but he had done his best. So she forgave him. As he said, he was a good man, even if he was a bad Wizard.”


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Available At

Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound

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