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Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (5 star review)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Oz series, #1

written by L. Frank Baum

154 pages // published in 1900 // children's fantasy


Follow the yellow brick road!

Dorothy thinks she's lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival - will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?

My Review...

5 Star Rating

This beautiful little gem should be on every child's bookshelf! A classic fairy tale that America can claim as its own.

There's quite a bit more to the story that we know from the 1939 film. If you'll come along for the ride, there's A LOT MORE ADVENTURE to be had in the Land of Oz! I was happy to see that I recognized many of the scenes from the movie, and it brought a touch of great familiarity to the story as I continued to read. The Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion are as friendly and delightful as could possibly be imagined. But there are many other fun characters to meet, and new, exciting places to see -- strange and wild of every type! I certainly enjoyed meeting the field mice, the Winkies, and others... plus, visiting the dainty China country, was a rather interesting experience too.

NOTE: There's a wee bit of violence that may not be suitable for all youngsters. (It includes chopping off the heads of wolves, which could be a bit disturbing!)

Anyways, if you can get a vintage copy with the original illustrations, the pictures happen to add much more charm to the overall story. Toto looks as adorable as ever! -- as do all of our other favorite friends in Oz.

I believe there are 14 books in the whole Oz series, and I intend to continue down the yellow brick road and read all of those sequels too.

The bottom line? A delightful fantasy tale.

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  1. I have never read this classic but it's on my list to read AND own!

  2. I somehow never read this as a child. I adore the movie though. I'm looking forward to reading it with my children when they're older.

  3. I have never read this one, but it is on the list of children's classics that I want to read in 2017.