The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Baum, L. Frank, 1856-1919.

Paperback - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
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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.

Published: New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, 2005.
ISBN: 9781593082215
1593082215
Branch Call Number: J BAU
Characteristics: 234 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Denslow, D. D.
Barbarese, J. T.

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List - United States of YA: Midwest by: DBRL_TEEN May 13, 2013

Kansas

List - Classic Juvenile Fantasy by: DBRL_KIDS Oct 19, 2010

Dorothy searches for the great wizard, seeking help in returning home to Kansas.


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Feb 27, 2015
  • readsalot80 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book which I just read for the first time. The differences between the book and movie made for fun reading. The characters are a bit different but the wonderful ending is the same of wanting what we already have.

Sep 16, 2014

A very good book; very fun and adventurous

Aug 17, 2014
  • Rachel_Em rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Strange and wonderful, with many more interesting characters and adventures than you see in the movie. This was one of my favorite series in elementary school... I must have read nearly all of the original books, borrowing them by the armful from my public library. What a treat to go back and revist this one as an adult!

Dec 06, 2012
  • de_grammont rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not as enjoyable a read as it was the first time I read it when I was much younger. Still, a very enjoyable book, and definitely something that all kids should be exposed to.

Sep 06, 2012
  • Drekbe31 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a great story. I've always been a fan of the movie, but just recently read the book. The best word I have to describe the story is magical.

Nov 03, 2011
  • lisahiggs rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The slower you read this book, the better it is. At my adult reading pace, I only got a hint of the beauty in the valley of each page as I flew over. I plan to read this book aloud one day, and then I expect I’ll see why it is so wonderful.

Jul 28, 2011

This is a great book worth reading and rereading. Fills in the missed plot points from the movie. I am glad to have read this book.

May 10, 2010
  • Auxesia rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was a great read. It's nice to get away sometimes and even nicer when you land in the world of Oz!

Mar 20, 2010
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

There are many children's classics from the early 1900s that don't stand up to the test of time. Instead they are snapshots of the time in which they are written. The Wizard of Oz may be the greatest classic written at this time. So it would be fair to think that it would be the greatest disappointment.

Not so.

This may have more to do with the genius that was L. Frank Baum. When Baum created his fantasy calssic, it wasn't like the other children's books at the time. Due to this, he had problems get the book published. Why? He had, essentially, created a new genre, one that was inspired by fairy tales, but was not derived directly from them.

And because of this, the book holds up pretty well for teh modern reader. It is definately not the gritty, romance fantasy that is so popular with modern teens. Instead, this is a gentle story with minor dangers that is perfect to read aloud to younger children. Stronger primary readers are safe in tackling this book alone. It would be perfect for curling up with your child on a cold winter's night just before bed.

Sep 14, 2009
  • Bells rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A classic- delightful.

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  • readsalot80 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 27, 2015
  • readsalot80 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is the wonderful adventures of Dorothy and Toto when they find themselves in Oz. They meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion while finding their way to the Wizard to get their hearts' desires. In the book, they see more of Oz than in the movie and the different districts are each unique with its own color. In the end, each character finds they already had their desire the whole time.

Sep 16, 2014

When Dorothy is swept away mysteriously in an enormous cyclone, she finds herself in the magical land of Oz. She learns she must find the Wonderful Wizard to help her get back home. On the way, she meets the the Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion whom accompany her on her journey.

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Other: contains witches and wizards

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