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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Review

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Age: 10+

Dorothy is a 10 year old orphan who lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry in a small town in Kansas. One day, a terrible tornado strikes her home and whisks her, and her pup Toto into the brand new world of Oz. Once in Oz, Dorothy is introduced to a number of different creatures including, but not limited to: the Tinman, the Scarecrow, and a cowardly lion, as she tries to find her way back home to Kansas.

Believe it or not, this is my first time reading this book. I’ve seen the movie with Judy Garland a number of times since my childhood, but I’ve never actually picked up the book before now. Reading this book, I had few references floating through my head. I kept thinking about the movie, and I also kept thinking of Wicked by Gregory Maguire.

Since I had the movie in my head, I picked up on a few major differences between the book and movie. For one, in the book Dorothy has silver shoes not the ruby red you see in the technicolor movie. The movie also added extra characters in Dorothy’s life in Kansas. In the book, we start immediately with the tornado that takes Dorothy to Oz.

I think what I like the most about Baum’s writing was that it reminded me of my favorite contemporary children’s authors. I could see snippets of Roald Dahl books (the orphan child goes on an adventure) and Neil Gaiman’s books (strange creatures in strange new worlds) in this book. Baum was a very influential author to have created a world like Oz with all its inhabitants. He went on to write about 13 sequels to the Wizard of Oz, most of which have at some point been transformed into a movie.

This book was also read for the Read, Remember, Recommend Challenge hosted by Bibliobabe.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by Frank L Baum
published 1900
ISBN 9780141321028
187 pages

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