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The Wizard of Oz (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.
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Henry Holt & Company (first published May 17th 1900)
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Kerry They are quite different things. The 1939 film is (deservedly) a classic. It is somewhat faithful to the book but also is more complex in many ways…moreThey are quite different things. The 1939 film is (deservedly) a classic. It is somewhat faithful to the book but also is more complex in many ways and adds new layers, like the overlay of life in Kansas vs. Oz (Miss Gulch/Wicked witch, farmhands as Scarecrow, Tin Man, etc).

The visuals are stunning. It is more dramatic ("surrender Dorothy") and better structured to build drama and tell the story. In the book, things happen and then are resolved in the next chapter. In the film, things build and build to a much more spectacular climax. And then the flying monkeys are so much more terrifying than in the book, one of the greatest villains of film history.

Yes, the film can't cover all the extra material of the entire series, (especially the political subtexts) and the later character evolution, but on a film vs the first book of the series comparison, the film is vastly superior in my opinion.(less)
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Abby They changed the colour so that people could REALLY experience Technicolor. It just came out and they wanted everything to be colourful in Oz.
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Apr 03, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrensbooks
Unfortunately I couldn't find the edition I have. This is due in large part to the fact that many of my books were once my parents and grandparents (I have the entire Nancy Drew collection from the 50's).

The Wizard of Oz series changed my life immensley. In second grade I was Dorothy for Halloween. However, everyone was confused by my silver shoes. Way to be, MGM! In sixth grade I dressed up as Ozma of Oz in a giant green ballgown and poppies in my hair. Everyone thought I was Frida Kahlo. Weak.
May 16, 2007 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I had not only watched the well known Wizard of Oz movie with Judy Garland first, but I'd also read the Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, as well as seen the Broadway musical of Wicked, before getting a chance to read this classic. Well, that's not entirely true, when I was young, my grandfather had started to read the book to me and my brother, but unfortunately we never finished it before my brother and I grew too old to be patient while someone read to us. At any ra ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it interesting that in the foreword Baum says he didn't want this to be violent like the fairytales of the past... and yet, a little girl transports to a strange land, kills the first person she meets, and teams up with three strangers to kill again. They also kill various creatures on their path of destruction.
Perhaps we could savor all the violence but have a much more abridged version with the following:
Wizard of Oz, the short version

Dec 30, 2008 Wendi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic read! I read this book during my first week of Christmas vacation while I sick and puking from stomach flu. Dorothy is so smart. I love that L. Frank Baum didn't make her some doofy little girl (like Stephanie Meyers did with Bella in Twilight - Steph, read Wizard of Oz and smarten up your girls!). Such a good book. I love how strong and capable all the characters were and yet they let little things make them self-concious. But then when needed their powers came out. The Tin Woo ...more
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A Populist Parable: When I opened my old used copy of this book, an aged newspaper clipping fell out of the back of it. As best as I can tell its from an old Sarpy County (Omaha World Herald?) Nebraska newspaper, and it was written by Peter Dreier. Here's what he said:

Whether they are fans of Judy Garland and "Over the Rainbow" or prefer the current $20million black film with Diana Ross and "No Bad News," almost all Americans know the characters from "The Wizard of Oz." But few are aware that t
Jul 08, 2009 Brad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents
Recommended to Brad by: Gregory Maguire
My disappointment with the children's classics (with the exception of Pinocchio) has continued with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

It isn't bad. It really isn't, but it is not great either. It's nowhere near great. I wish I could say I was baffled by how this became the worldwide sensation it became, but that would be a lie. On stage and on film, The Wizard of Oz has become THE go-to kids entertainment of the last 80-odd years. It is so pervasive as to be a sort of children's propaganda entertainmen
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 26, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, classics
I read this the first time when I was maybe 10 years old maybe younger, I'm not sure. I read that version over and over till the covers fell off and the first twelve pages were gone. Oddly, i never read all the other OZ books, but I love(ed) this one.

Update: Thanks, I just got a like on my abbreviated review above^.

This was one of the few books I owned as a child (literally one of a few. I had 3 books. Other than that I read Child Craft the World Book Encyclopedia, my dad's collection of Zane G
Jason Koivu
A wonderful tale for its time, this book has transcended its own intentions and exploded into an iconic creation that continues to instill its fans with cherished, lifelong memories.


Although I usually prefer the original books over their movie adaptions, I have to hand it to the film this time. The Wizard of Oz took the best from the source material and embellished what was missing, adding what they needed to in order to create a truly magical experience that has endured to this day.


The book an
Jan 23, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time there lived a Golden Age gay icon, who whiled away her pre-waxing years sitting atop a split-rail fence in some dour, nondescript American Midwest landscape. Her dreams of a more outrageously fierce existence in the big city (wearing roller skates and one-foot-diameter afro wigs and dancing to Army of Lovers in between lines of blow) were hemmed in on all sides by rusted farm equipment, NAPA Auto Parts Stores, and a lone, dejected Applebee’s out on the turnpike. Kansas didn’t ev ...more
Aug 27, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children's fantasy peeps
Recommended to Jason by: Eddie & Susannah Dean/Jake Chambers
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This is a book I read as a child, even before I saw the musical, and enjoyed a lot. However, my memory of it was overshadowed by the film. So it was a good experience to read it again as an adult.

The book is worth reading, not least because it differs in some major ways from the film adaptation. The biggest difference is that the whole dream sequence scenario, in which people from Kansas are transmogrified into figures of fantasy, is entirely absent. Dorothy wears Silver Shoes, not Ruby Slippers
Riku Sayuj
Mar 09, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, r-r-rs

The Wizard of Oz as An Economic Parable: A Short Introduction

This might be common knowledge or it might not be. Some economics textbooks claim this is a wonderfully esoteric nugget: The story of Oz was an economic parable. Take that, all you who said economics can't be fun.

Redistributions of wealth caused by unexpected changes in the price level are often a source of political turmoil. From 1880 to 1896 the price level in the United States fell 23 percent. This deflation was good for Haves (cred
MJ Nicholls
Dorothy is actually a dumpy, doughy backwater farmgirl in this book. She would have grown into a stout, strong-limbed muscular farmers’ wife with no time for things like affection or intercourse, but a damn good head for cornshuckin’ at 99 degrees in the hawt Kansassy summer. So the well-worn epithet ‘no place like home’ is of course a vicious ironic phrase meaning ‘shit, you’d better get outta that backwater Kansas wheat paddy before stupidity, indolence, routine, depression and phenobarbital a ...more
mark monday
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Rick Polito, Marin Independent Journal, 1998
Ok, let me first get something off my chest.....a GR related rant if you will. When people put up new editions of the book they have read, is it too much of a difficulty to check to make sure the edition is not already there.....on the back of my trawl through this book's place here on the website, it self evidently is too difficult.

My edition is a lovely hard cover version with Biro illustrations and colour plates from 1965 but in my looking for it through the Lord alone knows how many edition
David Sarkies
Apr 02, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody and Everybody
Recommended to David by: Wicked
Shelves: fantasy
The original story behind Judy Garland's famous film
20 March 2014

Many people have been talking about the 'great American novel' and I think I have found it in this wonderful little book about the wonderful wizard of Oz. Unfortunately this book has drifted into the mists of the unknown thanks very much to Hollywood and the exploits of Judy Garland.

Judy Garland at Dorothy

In fact whenever we think of the Wizard of Oz this immediately comes to mind:

We're off to see the wizard

However the main reason that I decided that I would try to get my hands o
Henry Avila
Sep 01, 2014 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dorothy, (from Kansas, where ever that is), lives with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, on the flat, American prairie, the harsh Sun beating down, from the gray sky, making everything turn gray ... the gray grass, house, clothes and especially the people, animals, are probably gray too, might seem the least likely place that she visits, that is real. No trees, brooks, beautiful birds singing or anything colorful around the poor farm. But our adventures begin when a tornado lifts unlucky Dorothy and ...more
Danny Phanton
Sep 03, 2016 Danny Phanton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El verdadero valor consiste precisamente en enfrentarte con el peligro pese a tu miedo.

Me gusto mucho, la verdad debo decir que en un principio creí que se me haría un poco más pesado al leerlo pero la verdad es que el libro se lee casi solo, es una narración sencilla y muy fluida, que en todos los capítulos pasa algo nuevo sobre las aventuras de Dorothy y sus amigos, cada personaje tiene su personalidad y ese toque único que le dan a la historia algo diferente y especial. Un excelente libro par
Mar 01, 2015 Zoë rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book 20/100 for 2015

I really, really liked this book! I honestly had pretty low expectations going into this book and thought it wouldn't compare at all to the greatness of the 1939 movie (which is one of my favorite movies), but I was wrong. It was one of the best children's classics that I've ever read and I even loved how it wasn't that similar to the movie, so it kept me interested. I also had a beautiful hardcover Puffin Classics edition, so that make the experience even better! All in all,
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
I am determined to find the brilliance in Wicked so I've decided that sometimes, going to the root of the problem will bring clarity and perspective. I read this when I was very young and don't remember it. I really think I won't be able to understand Wicked until I re-read the original tale. So here goes...

Review 4/3/15

Read a book that was made into a movie

I think everyone has seen the movie or the musical or both, so unless you've been living under a rock or in an apocalyptic shelter for the p
Edward Lorn
Memory Review Alert! Those of you that are looking for a review of the quality of this book, please look elsewhere.

One of my favorite stories growing up was one my mother continues to tell to this day about how she reacted to first seeing The Wizard of Oz. She was but a little girl, and her father had just purchased the family their first color television set. This purchase so happened to occur the week that The Wizard of Oz was to air on television for the first time. And in glorious Technicolo
eKa (THe ShALLoWbiRd)

I know it's kinda shameful, at least for me. But let me tell you something. I was introduced to The Wizard of Oz through a movie about a year ago, the age when I wasn't qualified to be called a child anymore. I was surprised my self. What did I watch and read during my childhood? I know about Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and all those Disney's fairy tales, but why not this one? WHY?!

I loved the movie so much, especially Judy Garland as Dorothy, which was so cute and pretty and adorable!!! Jus
Aug 24, 2015 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Some books are so well-known practically every person who has even a very brief knowledge of general literature knows that these books are about. In the light of this I really have no clue why I would bother to outline the plot of this one, but just in case somebody managed to miss it here goes. A little girl is transported into a magical land where she meets all kinds of magical creatures. She goes to visit the greatest wizard of the land hoping he would help her to get home.

I want to get some
Lindsey Rey
Dec 12, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, 2015
This was very good!
Mar 11, 2016 Nariman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Over the few past days I read many children books - both with my kids and alone - . Once I began reading Peter Pan and I remembered how simple, light , beautiful and charming these books are , I couldn't stop , and couldn't wait for my kids , and while am still in Peter Pan with them , I read many others, or rather reread them.
I liked this book the most , I felt really connected to the characters, and I loved them - am not sure yet who was my favorite : the scarecrow or the tin woodman , I thin
4.5 stars

The Wizard of Oz is the timeless tale of a young girl named Dorothy from a drab Kansas who is transported by a cyclone to the colorful and magical land of Oz. From the moment Dorothy's house lands in Oz, her only desire is to return to Kansas and her Aunt Em. Along the way to the Emerald City to get help from the Wizard, she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, and they accompany her with hopes of receiving their own requests.

The story is simply written with imag
Jim Ef
Feb 20, 2016 Jim Ef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful children’s story! Before you read it I must warn you about some side effects caused by this book to grown ups
1.You’ll want to be a kid again ( more than you usually do )
2.You’ll search for impossible adventures
3.You’ll get homesick
None of this will make you stop from reading it? Ok then, here is what you must do.
Open the lights, sit comfortably, open the book and get ready for the tornado that will travel you to a magical place
Hey!!Welcome to the Wonderful land of Oz! Glad you m
كانوا أربعة..ولكن ليس كأي أربعة..خرجوا للبحث عما ينقصهم..لم يكتفوا بالتمني..تغلبوا على العقبات..بالكثير من الحب..وهناك في مدينة الزمرد حصلوا على ما تمنوه..ولكن بعد ان أدركوا قيمة ما لديهم ..
شكلت تلك الرواية جزء ثابت من طفولتنا ..لمن قراها ولمن شاهد الفيلم. .الابطال محملين برموز..
فخيال الماتة هو الفلاح المتهم في ذكاؤه..مهما كانت اهميته..ورجل الصفيح يرمز للعامل ومعانته من الآلية والجمود ..اما الأسد فهو السياسي المرتعد للأبد من فقدان منصبه .. ولا اتذكر حقا الى ماذا ترمز دوروثي
طابع القصة أمريكي جدا
Victor Almeida
May 22, 2016 Victor Almeida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Esse foi meu primeiro contato com a história de Oz. Eu nunca havia assistido o filme ou lido nada a respeito. Pra ser sincero, eu não sabia nem do que se tratava, hahaha!

No geral eu achei muito divertido, repleto de mensagens e uma inocência adorável. Entendo como tantas pessoas amam. Como fui deixar pra conhecer todo esse universo só agora, acho que não me causou tanto impacto quanto eu gostaria, mas de qualquer forma acabou sendo uma leitura que me fez voltar a ser criança.
One of my earliest childhood memories involves my grandparents, aunt, uncle and some of my cousins coming to my house one evening to watch The Wizard of Oz. Why the big to-do? My dad's college professor salary had allowed us to own the only color television in the family. I remember the oohs and ahs exhaled by my relatives (and me) when Dorothy first stepped out of her gray world into the brilliant, Technicolor land of Oz! And, how my cousin Roxy fell asleep before the intrepid gang made it into ...more
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also wrote under the name Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers

Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a pleth
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Oz (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)
  • The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
  • The Emerald City of Oz
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  • Tik-Tok of Oz (Oz, #8)
  • The Scarecrow of Oz (Oz, #9)
  • Rinkitink in Oz (Oz, #10)
  • The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz, #11)

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