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An updated version of the definitive guide, The Annotated Wizard of Oz provides a facsimile color version of the first edition of L. Frank Baum's children's classic along with extensive notes and a thorough history of the immense Oz project. In his excellent introduction, Michael Patrick Hearn describes the author's early life and interests and the development of his colla...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 1st 1973 by Clarkson Potter Publishers (first published 1900)
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    mark monday
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    David
    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
    Riku Sayuj

    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...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...more
    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...more
    Katie
    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

    Amy
    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
    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
    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...more
    Mark
    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...more
    Rachel
    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....more
    Brad
    Jul 08, 2009 Brad rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
    Wendi
    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
    Jason
    Feb 02, 2012 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Children's fantasy peeps
    Recommended to Jason by: Eddie & Susannah Dean/Jake Chambers
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Steve
    I first read the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz back in 5th grade (or so). At the time, I remember how I was surprised that the story was different, darker and more violent than the great movie. Looking back, I’m not sure I still believe that. Perhaps it was all the head chopping, but looking at it now, the violence is bloodless, cartoon like. Baum, in his introduction to the book, says that he was trying to get away from the traditional fairy tale, and tell a newer “wonder tale.” Something, reading...more
    David Sarkies
    Aug 24, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
    Joel
    I don't know how I managed to make it out of childhood without reading this, especially because I've always loved the movie. But I finally got it out of the library this year and was surprised to learn that the Wicked Witch, whose reputation and stature have really improved lately thanks to Wicked, is barely in it.

    Far from the looming threat she presents throughout the movie, the witch is introduced and killed off in a single chapter. Which fits the pattern -- this is a very episodic story, with...more
    Shelly
    There's this kickass iphone app called 'Stanza' where you can upload a bunch of books to your phone...for free! When I first downloaded the app I didn't realize how it worked and only found two free titles: Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Goodreads David had recently (and marvelously) reviewed Oz, thus inspiring me to choo-choo-choose It. (I've since found an assload of other free books available for download to your phone, including...more
    Dania
    I wanted to read this book to see how different it is from the film version (a staple of every American childhood). It is very different, but then again, I expected Hollywood to take a piece (or in this case, several pieces) of literature and manipulate it into something completely different and commercial, but commercial in a good way. I love the film. I like the book. Some surprises (spoiler alert): Dorothy was actually a small child in the book. The slippers were not made from rubies. The Tin...more
    Ben Loory
    i've never really been a big fan of the movie-- it never really made much sense to me. but the book is a whole different story; everything is wonderfully clear, almost mathematically precise, all the set-ups and pay-offs and watching how the characters interact with and work upon each other-- it's kind of marvelous, actually. drags a little bit as you approach the end, but that might just be because you know where it's going. also i enjoyed all the "gray" bits at the beginning, which reminded me...more
    K.D. Absolutely
    This is a timeless classic! I saw the movie when I was already an adult but I've been hearing the music since I was a kid. Seeing the movie for the first time was very engaging and it made me interested to read the book. The narration was straightforward and there are many lessons that kids and adults alike can learn from it. I will keep this book so that my daughter and her kids can also read them someday.
    David
    Jun 20, 2014 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: little girls with silver (not ruby!) slippers, great and powerful humbugs
    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    Probably many more people have seen the famous Judy Garland movie than have read the book. I listened to this classic because it was an Audible download, and the narration by Anne Hathaway made it particularly delightful.

    L. Frank Baum wanted to create a new and original fairy tale that had all the magic and meaning of traditional fairy tales. Expecting this 100+ year-old children's book to be a childish product of its time, I was surprised that it really does hold up as the classic it is, with d...more
    El
    Feb 22, 2013 El is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
    Currently reading this to my boyfriend at night before bed because he had a ridiculously pathetic childhood and is scared of things.
    J Cravens
    Dec 05, 2008 J Cravens rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: anyone who loves the movie, or to children
    Shelves: fiction
    I've been on a quest for several years now to read old fiction books, particularly (but not exclusively) American and British novels, that have been around for so long and are so famous that no one reads them anymore, because they've been made into movies or TV mini-series (often many times over), or because they've entered into our pop culture references so frequently that people *think* they know them without having to actually read them. They don't have to be great novels -- just really, real...more
    Joey
    It is fun to read such a children’s novel; it is amusing and hilarious. If I were young, I would be very keen on it. I would be fascinated by the magical fantasy; I would be in awe with the out-of-this-world scenes and entities- things far from the reality since I were such a babe in the woods, for my brains were not big enough to understand or be cynical about them. I would just believe whatever I read and imagine. Also, I would talk, for sure, about it with my friends. Alas! I did not get a ch...more
    Paul Eckert
    I think the The Wizard of Oz probably has to have one of the most lopsided “watched the movie vs. read the book” ratios in history. Almost everyone has read the book, but few people I know have ever read the book, or even knew that it was originally a book. And it’s too bad really, because the book definitely holds its own as a story.

    L. Frank Baum’s story reads like a kids’ logic puzzle in which the object is to use your traveling companions and environment to accomplish your goals. Being attac...more
    Alex
    I've been subconsciously avoiding this one for many years thanks to terrible memories of the mediocre Hollywood musical fantasia being stuffed down my throat, ruining good source material the way only an annoying child star like Judy Garland possibly could.

    That's a shame because this book is as charming and whimsical as it is idiotic, the perfect diet for any young child who needs to learn about wonder, or any adult who can't rightfully justify further magic mushroom consumption. On the surface...more
    Mimi
    I’ve seen the movie more times than I could ever count. I’ve read Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and Son of a Witch (not A Lion Among Men yet, although it is on my list) and I’ve seen the Broadway production of Wicked twice. Heck, I’ve even experienced the bizarre synchronicity of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and The Wizard of Oz! (if you’ve never seen this, check it out on YouTube starting here -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw9sSL... – coinc...more
    Cary
    I was able to finish this book in one day, thanks to the poor service of NBI that I have to read this book while waiting in line to entertain myself, only to find out that my name has a hit because of my service obligation to the country as a DOST scholar so my twelve hours of waiting in line to process my clearance application resulted to waiting in vain. I had mixed-emotions while reading this one because Im starting to feel irritated because of the long hours of standing and waiting, and the...more
    Tony
    THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. (1900). L. Frank Baum. ****.
    I must have had a deprived childhood. While other kids were reading classic books like this, I was out trying to make money to supplement my non-existent allowance. Nowadays, I’m trying to play catch-up. Baum (1856-1919) managed to write this fantasy novel and it caught on – rapidly. At the time, it was the best-selling childrens’ novel for two years straight. Not one to stumble and miss a good thing, Baum went on to write thirteen sequels...more
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