Little Wizard Stories of Oz (Oz #7.5)
What could be better than a story about the unforgettable characters from the land of Oz? Six stories, of course! Featuring everyone's favorite friends--Dorothy, Toto, the Wizard, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman--these little tales contain the same Baum magic, with a few special surprises not revealed in the other Oz books. Also included are adventure...more
Ha, you knew I was just kidding.
No, actually, Baum was always adamant in saying that he wrote for all ages. But Little Wizard (and maybe Magical Monarch) are oddballs in the canon in that they were specially written for children. These are as a result I think fairly unvivid snippets, with no puns, no real conflict, no new places, no new characters. The best of these six short tales was probably the one about Dorothy and the evil giant she thought she found, but its Very Speci ...more
could you read them before or after 'the patchwork girl?' (yes) or at the end of the entire Baum-end of the series, as i've seen some reviewers comment about? (sure) i ...more
Some short stories by Baum. I really liked it. Some more then others, but overall they were good. I love how they all have a little moral. It definitely makes the book more interesting. I thought it was funny and very entertaining. I loved the adventures that takes place in Oz. It is such a creative world, that it peaks my imagination.
Very lackluster, even for the Wizard of Oz. These stories were originally meant to interest new readers in a revitalized series, and they may interest the very ...more
Do keep in mind, though, that my son is only three. I think that die-hard Oz fans who are familia ...more
Funny how Baum fails to keep consistency in his magic in Oz. In here, Toto can't talk, but in later Oz books, he can.
I think I really liked Dorothy and Toto's story best in this collection, even though Jack Pumpkinhead is my favou ...more
This book is obviously intended for the younger Oz reader. And I think that is fine.
But it is too watered down. I am really surprised that Baum would "dumb down" any type of story for his readers.
The story I really liked was The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger. I always suspected both these two of just being old softies and I was right all along.
I'm being generous in giving this book 3 stars because I really wanted to give it 2.5. These are very short stories about some of the interesting characters who inhabit the land of Oz, but there isn't much substance to them and I found them rather silly in stead of intriguing as I have found the original ones.
My major complaint with the Oz books is standard through all of them--Baum only generally paid attention to his previous writing, so there are some noticeable discrepancies.
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 ...more