The Wizard Of Oz
- Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 25 July 2001
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When Baum went out to write "the American Alice", he came up with Dorothy, niece of a kindly couple of sharecroppers in depression era Kansas. During a twister, her and her dog find themselves in a new, colorful world: Oz. Though the world is pretty, the politics are not. It seems that the witches of the west and east are at odds with the good witch of the north, the great sorceress, and the wizard of Oz. Though the balance is tilted in the favor of the good witch and company shortly after Dorothy flattens the witch of the east with her house.Praised as a hero by the formerly enslaved denizens, she's more concerned with finding her way back home. So, she's off to see the wizard, who can provide a way to get her home.Along the way, she meets an entertaining cast of characters: The scarecrow with no brain, the tin woodsman with no heart, and the cowardly lion. Their off to see the wizard as well, for cures to what ails them.The wizard, though, drives a hard bargain: kill the wicked witch of the west first.It's up to Dorothy and the gang to find a solution that works best for everyone, since she's not a hardened killer, and neither are her comrades.After reading the original source material, I appreciated it much better than the musical of the same name, and I'm sure that any fan of the musical might at the very least appreciate the book, as would those who like the works of Lewis Carroll or J. M. Barrie.
Excellent story that even most adults will enjoy reading. Dorothy and her little dog get blown away during a storm to the another world. She teams up with a scarecrow, tin man and a lion. Each searching for their own thing.
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Rating: 5/5<br/> <br/>Read from July 22 to August 03, 2013 — I own a copy<br/>This Review has light spoilers.<br/>This book is one of those cases that the movie is good, but so does not do justice for the book. <br/> <br/>The movie left out so much that I would have loved to have seen in the movie. Naturally, some things that are in the book, I’m glad they left out because it is not meant to be seen by younger audiences; unless you make an Adult/Young Adult version like they do with the fairy tales these days. But I did enjoy the book. It took me so long to read it because I just wasn’t in the mood to read but it is good.<br/>One of my favorite parts of the book were when they went to kill the Wicked Witch of the West and ran into the Winkies. And another part was the China People. Both of them I enjoyed.<br/> <br/>This book is one of my favorites this year. There are some parts in this book that I wouldn’t suggest for younger children (Under 10 y/o, and even that’s kind of pushing it, depending on your child). <br/> <br/>There was a part where the Tinman chopped off a few heads, and for me, younger children, if they’re a little more sensitive to that type of violence, I wouldn't suggest you let them read it until you know they can handle it. It didn't get detailed beyond saying he chopped off the heads but still, that much could upset some kids if they are sensitive. And there is also a part with a large spider as well.<br/> <br/>I generally try to keep spoilers out of my reviews, but in this case, for those who haven’t read the book yet, I wanted to give some idea what was in it. Now, I don’t know if all editions are the same, but the one I read had those things mentioned in the spoilers. If you like classics, I would suggest this book to anyone.<br/>
** spoiler alert ** After reading Wicked, I realized that I had never actually read The Wizard of Oz. I had seen the movie, which is very different. I was very pleasantly surprised by the book. It is full of action and the character development is done quite well. My favorite part in the whole book is the description of the Emerald City being white, and that it only appears emerald because everyone is made to wear emerald glasses. I highly recommend this book, especially if you have only ever seen the movie.
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