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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. F. Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By: L. F. Baum, W. W. Denslow (Illustrator)

Paperback

Published: 1st June 1960
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
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L. Frank Baum's timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the first uniquely American fairy tale. A combination of enchanting fantasy and piercing social commentary, this remarkable story has entertained and beguiled readers of all ages since it was first published in 1900. Ray Bradbury writes in his Introduction, "Both YBaum and Shakespeare" lived inside their heads with a mind gone wild with wanting, wishing, hoping, shaping, dreaming," and it is this same hunger that makes all of us continue to seek out the story of Oz - and be nourished by it.

A lively and charming adaptation of the quintessential American fairytale. Caballero's black-and-white art uses clean lines, bold blacks and pleasingly variegated panel layouts to breathe fresh vigor into Baum's timeless classic. The storyline moves briskly while staying mostly faithful to the original text, though purists might cavil at the telescoping of Dorothy's admittedly redundant journey to Glinda's castle. The real delight here is the re-imagining of beloved characters for the 21st century, ironically reminiscent of Baum's own prairie populism. These Munchkins are no outre Art Deco midgets, but as friendly and familiar as Wal-Mart shoppers. The Tin Man becomes a genial robot with a buzz-saw appendage, and the Scarecrow a likable homeboy. Generous, openhearted Dorothy herself is clearly on the cusp of adolescence, spunky and self-reliant in her boot-cut jeans and Wonder Girl bracelets; and her magical silver shoes (no glittery ruby pumps here!) look comfortable and sturdy, far more sensible for the long trek down the Yellow Brick Road. By no means a substitute for the original, but certainly a worthy companion, and well able to stand on its own. (Graphic novel. 8+) (Kirkus Reviews)

Introductionp. 9
The Cyclonep. 11
The Council with The Munchkinsp. 16
How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrowp. 23
The Road Through the Forestp. 30
The Rescue of the Tin Woodmanp. 35
The Cowardly Lionp. 42
The Journey to The Great Ozp. 48
The Deadly Poppy Fieldp. 55
The Queen of the Field Micep. 63
The Guardian of the Gatesp. 69
The Wonderful Emerald City of Ozp. 76
The Search for the Wicked Witchp. 89
How the Four were Reunitedp. 102
The Winged Monkeysp. 106
The Discovery of Oz the Terriblep. 113
The Magic Art of the Great Humbugp. 122
How the Balloon was Launchedp. 126
Away to the Southp. 130
Attacked by the Fighting Treesp. 134
The Dainty China Countryp. 139
The Lion Becomes the King of Beastsp. 144
The Country of the Quadlingsp. 148
The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wishp. 152
Home Againp. 158
Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780486206912
ISBN-10: 0486206912
Series: Dover Children's Classics
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
For Grades: 4 - 7
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 267
Published: 1st June 1960
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.6  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.31

L. Frank Baum

Lyman Frank Baum, born May 15 1856, was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.

His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work).

On May 5, 1919, Baum suffered from a stroke. He died quietly the next day, nine days short of his 63rd birthday.His final Oz book, Glinda of Oz, was published on July 10, 1920, a year after his death. The Oz series was continued long after his death by other authors, notably Ruth Plumly Thompson, who wrote an additional nineteen Oz books.

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