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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By: L. Frank Baum, Robert Ingpen (Illustrator)


Published: 1st September 2011
For Ages: 8+ years old
RRP $39.99
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A newly illustrated edition of this classic tale by one of Australia’s greatest children’s book illustrators.

When a raging cyclone whisks Dorothy’s Kansas home away, she and her dog Toto, trapped inside, are transported to the magical Land of Oz. Desperate to return home, they set off towards the Emerald City to find the Great Wizard who can help them. So begins the action-packed adventure that delivers a world of witches and wizards, a pair of magical silver shoes, and a trio of new friends: the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion.These three prove to be valuable companions to Dorothy in the classic fairytale, where the journey itself really is at the heart of it all… First published in 1900, L. Frank Baum’s tale is a tapestry of traditional storytelling, an exciting quest and unforgettable characters. This beautiful new edition brings together the complete and unabridged text with over seventy magnificent illustrations by the award-winning Australian artist Robert Ingpen.

About the Author

L. Frank Baum (1856–1919) was born in the village of Chittenango, New York. His first children’s book, a collection of nursery rhymes, was published in 1897, and he wrote many more books for children under his own name and various pseudonyms. He is best known for his books about the magical Land of Oz. The first, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was published in 1900 and was an instant hit – followed by thirteen sequels! Baum was an unstoppable creative force, pouring his energy and fortunes into his writing, and producing many theatrical and film adaptations of his works.

About the illustrator

Robert Ingpen was born in Geelong, Australia. He began studying illustration art and book design over fifty years ago at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has designed, written and illustrated more than one hundred works of fiction and non-fiction. In 1986, Ingpen received the highest honour in the children’s book world, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, for his contribution to international children's literature. He has also recently been awarded an honorary doctorate from RMIT and granted Membership of the Order of Australia for services to literature. He and his wife Angela live and work in Barwon Heads near their home town of Geelong. In recent times, he has illustrated editions of classic works such as The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the centenary editions of Peter Pan and Wendy, The Wind in the Willows and The Secret Garden.


Wizard Of Oz


This is a beautifully illustrated copy of the classic story The Wizard of Oz. Perfect as a gift for special occasions.

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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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ISBN: 9781921720444
ISBN-10: 1921720441
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8+ years old
For Grades: 3+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st September 2011
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 20.9  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.98