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The Wizard of Oz (1900)

by L. Frank Baum

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Series: Oz : Baum (1), Oz : Famous Forty (book 1), Oz (1)

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After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.
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This was just meh. I've been ruined be certain movie versions (and I don'tmean the Judy Garland version.) The story just didn't hit me they way I wanted it to. ( )
  ViragoReads | May 20, 2022 |
Era da parecchio che volevo trovare il tempo di leggere la versione integrale di questo libro che ha segnato l'infanzia mia come quella di un mondo intero di persone.
Vorrei poter recuperare gli altri "episodi" delle avventure di Oz prima o poi! ( )
  louchobi | May 12, 2022 |
File under "movies that are better than the books they were based on". The book doesn't draw out the messages as clearly, and isn't as vibrant as the film, but it's still an entertaining and imaginative read. It does feel a bit like an Alice in Wonderland rip off, but has enough energy and wonder to carry it off. ( )
  whatmeworry | Apr 9, 2022 |
I can't believe I haven't actually taken the time to read this book. It is amazingly short - 213 pages in this edition not including Introductions and extras.

The chapters are simple and short. The story is just on the edge of frightful because Baum himself disliked scary stories as a child and vowed not to write his like that.

There are several changes from the book to the Judy Garland version (duh, though still a classic). I am beyond please and really liked this.

Listened as an audiobook and was able to finish this in under 4 hours.

Highly recommend it for all ages.

**All thoughts and opinions are my own.** ( )
  The_Literary_Jedi | Apr 2, 2022 |
I will forever love the book and the movie.
The movie is something of nostalgia to me, the songs, the acting, the visuals.
Just amazing.

Dorothy is a young girl caught in a tornado who wakes up far away from Kansas into this place known as OZ. Meeting allies and enemies along the way, she must try to return home.
There are certainly some differences between the movie and this and for once, I am not going to tell you which I enjoyed more!
The author misleads you with the title and the wizard himself, he sends out important messages everyone needs to hear.
Back when this was written, novels were pretty similar, this was a gamechanger, Baum changed this by creating a new land, new characters.
READ IT!!!

Now, I must go to the yellow brick road. ( )
  crazynerd | Mar 30, 2022 |
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Baum, L. Frankprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alvarez, LorenaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Anderson, WayneCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barbarese, J. T.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Biro, B.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burgess, TitussNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Copelman, EvelynCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Denslow, W. W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engelbreit, MaryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Espinosa, GerardoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foreman, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Funke, CorneliaForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Funke, CorneliaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gardner, MartinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glassman, PeterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Granger, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Granger, PaulIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grindhammer, LucilleEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hague, MichaelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hathaway, AnneNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Helanen-Ahtola, MarjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Herring, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hildebrandt, GregCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hiltunen, Petri(Kuv.)secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ingpen, Robert R.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juva, KerstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krenkel, RoyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krukenberg, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leydenfrost, Robert J.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magagna, Anna MarieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Müller, KlausCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCurdy, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKee, DavidIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKowen, ScottCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moser, BarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rawle, GrahamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Santore, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schulz, Russell HCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scobie, TrevorCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ulrey, DaleCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weisgard, LeonardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiesgard, LeonardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zwerger, LisbethIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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This book is dedicated to my good friend and comrade, my wife L. F. B.
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Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife.
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"Take me home to Aunt Em!"
"Come along, Toto," she said. "We will go to the Emerald City and ask the great Oz how to get back to Kansas."
Finally, one of the biggest mice spoke.

‘Is there nothing we can do,’ it asked, ‘to repay you for saving the life of our Queen?’

‘Nothing that I know of,’ answered the Woodman; but the Scarecrow, who had been trying to think, but could not because his head was stuffed with straw, said, quickly, ‘Oh, yes; you can save our friend, the Cowardly Lion, who is asleep in the poppy bed.’
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After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

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This complete and unabridged edition of L. Frank Baum's beloved classic invited a new generation of readers to travel down that Yellow Brick Road with the delightful little girl from Kansas and her unusual friends.

Dorothy, her little dog Toto, the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion will ... set out on an exciting quest for the elusive Wizard of Ox. Along the way, they'll encounter the Wicked Witch of the West, the fantastic Winged Monkeys, the Queen of the Field Mice, the kind-hearted Munchkins and other fanciful creatures.
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Headline: Kansas girl
Enters strange new land; at once
Starts a killing spree.

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Penguin Australia

4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141321024, 0141808314, 0141195010, 0141341734

Tantor Media

3 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.

Editions: 1400101247, 140010890X, 1452610274

Urban Romantics

2 editions of this book were published by Urban Romantics.

Editions: 1909438243, 1909438278

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