The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

, #1

eBook, 303 pages

English language

Published May 9, 2017 by Racehorse.

ISBN:
978-1-944686-89-5
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4 stars (86 reviews)

Originally published over 115 years ago, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has captivated readers of all ages with its remarkable narrative and lovable characters. Although incredibly popular after initial publication, part of the book’s fame can be attributed to its many popular adaptations, most notably the iconic 1939 musical film starring Judy Garland, which skyrocketed the book to eternal fame.

In this attractive, affordable hardcover edition, revisit L. Frank Baum’s masterpiece featuring young Dorothy, who’s swept in a tornado and carried off to the mythical Land of Oz. Follow the classic protagonist, and her adorable dog Toto, along the yellow brick road as they navigate through Munchkinland and Emerald City, and try to find their way back home to Kansas. Discover the origins of immortalized characters like the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West.

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It gave me the warm fuzzies!

4 stars

I went into this knowing practically nothing about the story. I've never seen the movie (ANY movie), had never read the book, and only knew what I'd been able to glean from memes and other pop-culture references.

It was pretty good. I enjoyed the forward too, which made multiple references to how the book differs from the movie, and although I'd not seen the movie, I was familiar enough with things like the red slippers and the "there's no place like home" quote. Neither of which appear in the book.

It's a fine story and I enjoyed it. One thing that I'm sure the author didn't expect to stick with me, but it did because of current sensibilities, is how the singular genderless pronoun ("they" today) used to be "he". Even when explicitly referencing a hypothetical female, the author uses "he" -- It was something along the lines of, "If …

It's not the movie, but it's good

3 stars

Reminds me of my reaction to "Raiders of the Lost Arc", a movie I didn't like at all. The larger reasons I didn't like that aren't relevant, but one of the most annoying things about it was that every line in the movie had been parodied to death such that the delivery of the lines in the parodies was better than they were in the inceptive movie. With "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", this is also true... but the lines were way better in the film adaptation, which is incredible. There are certain creative flourishes here and there in the book that couldn't have made it into the film, but the overall package can't help but pale in comparison to its essentially perfect adaptation. So it's a bit underwhelming, but still quite nice.

Review of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I loved this book. This is my fist time reading it, but I watched the movie based on this book before. I have to say the book is better then a movie. I say this even though I loved watching this move as a child with my parents.
It’s innocent story about the girl who ended up in World of Oz with little help of tornado. As she is trying to get home she meets interesting creatures and wants to find solution for their problems as well by visiting Wizard of Oz. Short little story. It’s for kids, don’t expect too much.

I read reviews where they are explaining how this book is used as economics parable. I can see where they are coming from. Interesting thought.

Review of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I read the Wizard of Oz and all the sequels at least a couple of times as a child, but it's been a long time since then, so when I found Audible had the book narrated by Anne Hathaway, I picked it up.

There are several details where the movie differs from the book, which I had forgotten; for example, there are no ruby slippers, they're silver; the movie doesn't end when the wicked witch is killed and they return to Oz, but in fact they have to go and fight their way through several more adventures to find Glinda in her own kingdom; and the flying monkeys don't belong to the wicked witch either, but are in fact like a genie's lamp and can be used only three times by the owner of an enchanted gold cap. The wicked witch starts out with it, but later Dorothy commands the …

Review of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Both of my daughters love this story, my eldest was obsessed with the movie when she was younger. I really enjoy reading it to them, it is such a good adventure with some brilliant characters.

I have just started reading it for a third time to my youngest, once we have finished it we will start the second book in the series, so really looking forward to that.

third reading completed

Review of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was a fast read. I read it in less than a day. If it's on your to-read list, you don't have much of an excuse. :)

Overall, I really enjoyed it. It's a very light read, aimed at children (thus my pace, I guess). It was interesting to see how much the movie differed from the book. How the Tin Man came to be tin was kinda gruesome, especially for a child's book, but there weren't many details (beyond, say, the ax slipping and chopping off his head. :)

Review of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'

3 stars

It's odd that this is the first time I've read an Oz book. I think I started one or two, long ago, and never finished them. But many people rave about Oz, and I love old books from that era (especially children's books), so recently I picked it up and read it through.

It didn't take long. In fact, I was quite surprised at how quickly I got through it. It's quite a short book. It's also very simply written. I don't think most young American children (say, ages 7 and up) would have any difficulty reading it at all. The grammar is slightly more formal than modern American English, but the vocabulary is startlingly ordinary; far less challenging than I'd expected.

Perhaps that's because most of the books I've read from that general era (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first published in 1900) are English, and …

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