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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
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Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published December 27th 2007 by LeClue 22 (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 ~Sign Please~ 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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mark monday
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David
Jan 06, 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
Hannah Greendale
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Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto are swept away by a tornado from Kansas all the way to the Land of Oz. With a little help from the Witch of the North, Dorothy and Toto set off down a road paved with yellow bricks in search of the City of Emeralds and the Wizard of Oz, a man said to have the power to help Dorothy find her way back to Kansas.

The cyclone had set the house down, very gently - for a cyclone
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Riku Sayuj
Sep 29, 2011 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
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Zoë
Feb 22, 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,
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Henry Avila
Aug 06, 2014 Henry Avila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dorothy, (from Kansas, wherever 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 , her dog ...more
Richard
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
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Bookdragon Sean
This is one of the most bizarre books I've ever read.

The fantasy elements are all rather ordinary. There’s a secret world beyond that of our own; this is a standard trope of the genre. C.S Lewis would soon follow suit and inspire later generations. But the point is the Land of Oz is just weird.

Seems like a bland criticism, though the entire point of the plot is to have good triumph over evil. But what is evil? Beyond the actual name of the antagonist, the Wicked Witch of the West, we don’t act
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Evgeny
Aug 21, 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
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Katie
Dec 21, 2008 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

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.

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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.

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The book an
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Nayra.Hassan
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 ج
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Mohsin Maqbool
May 28, 2013 Mohsin Maqbool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An innovative cover of Frank L. Baum's book.

MOST of us have read L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and have enjoyed it. Many of us have also seen the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" which has been adapted from the book. So I am not going to write a review of the book or provide you any details about Dorothy, her pet dog Toto or any of her friends -- The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodman and The Cowardly Lion. I will just recount to you an incident from my schoolboy days which has great relevanc
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Lindsey Rey
Dec 11, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, 2015
This was very good!
Olivier Delaye
Jun 09, 2012 Olivier Delaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Fantasy YA to ever see the light of day? Nope.

Flawless piece of literature? Nope. But then again is there even such a thing as a flawless book?

Thought-provoking? Nope. Well, not anymore. Maybe when it came out it was. Probably.

Groundbreaking? Yeah, kinda. In its own way.

Simplistic prose and tropes? Sure, love it! Just as much as I love hard, complicated and even purple prose and seen-before tropes. Just because you've read the same trope time and time again doesn't make it suddenly horribl
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Ammara Abid
Feb 13, 2017 Ammara Abid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful wonderland.
Brad
May 18, 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
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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
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Melki
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
Whispering Stories
The story of Dorothy, her little dog Toto and the cyclone that took her from Kansas to the Land of Oz, has been recognised by the Library of Congress as ‘America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale’.

The original book by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900. Since then there have been numerous reprints of the book, plus movies, TV series, and stage shows.

You only have to put ‘Wizard of Oz’ into any search engine and it will bring up many, many sites that sell memorabilia. I wonder though
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 09, 2009 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
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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
Lauren
Before reading this I had no idea what this book was about or who the characters were. I only read it because I wanted to read a retelling of it so of course I needed to read the original first. Usually with children books if I don't like them then I say 'I think I would have liked this as a child' but not for this book. I didn't exactly like it now and I don't think I would have liked it as a child. It was an okay book but I won't be picking it up ever again.
Amy
May 10, 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
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
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
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Amanda
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
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Danny Phanton
Nov 28, 2014 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
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Victor Almeida
May 21, 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.
Lata
3.5 stars. I was only familiar with the 1939 movie and the musical, The Wiz, and wanted to know what the actual story was. I actually preferred this original text over the popular versions. Dorothy is a little too good for words, making her a not particularly believable person, though she's not objectionable. I like the characterizations of Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Lion here, finding more humour and a certain grimness in their stories not seen in their pop culture iterations. I was sur ...more
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Oz (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
  • Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)
  • The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
  • The Emerald City of Oz (Oz #6)
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz, #7)
  • 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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