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The Wizard of Oz (Great Illustrated Classics)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  929 ratings  ·  88 reviews
The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading.
-- Over 100 illustrations in each book
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 22nd 2000 by Playmore Publishers (first published 1977)
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Seung Hoon
The wizard of Oz is an adventure story of a girl from Kansas and her friends to a place called Oz.
The girl Dorothy and her dog Toto got blown away by a cyclone to a country called Oz where she met four witches and a very famous wizard-the Wizard of Oz. She met the Scarecrow, Tin man and Cowardly Lion.They set for an adventure to find the Wizard of Oz and ask for help. They went to Emerald City and saw the Wizard of Oz but he said they need to kill the Witch of the West first. They killed the wi...more

Not much of an " adaptation" as the back of the book implies, more like a skimming off the top of the main plot points and central characters. It was the first "big-kid book" my 4.5 yr. old and i have completed together and I am glad that we shared this experience, even if the book was obscenely dumbed down from the original. It was a good starting point for her as a young reader (or listener) and for me to gauge what she will be interested and intrigued by in the future. She was pleasantly sur...more

As my boys get older (5 & 7), I want to share the classics with them we have started a nightly read. We are attempting to read at least a chapter a night but often that leads to more :) This first time we decided to read a beautifully illustrated shorter version of The Wizard of Oz Illustrated by Charles Santore.

My boys were captivated by the story of Dorothy on her journey into the world of Oz. In fact they would rather read this book than watch cartoon or play games. We were all taken wit...more
I read this book because The Wizard of Oz is a classic, and it was only two dollars at Goodwill. In the story, an orphan named Dorothy and her dog Toto get caught in a cyclone and are taken to the Land of Oz. She heads to the Emerald City so she can have her, and the friends she made along the way, to be granted. My favorite quote in the story was, "Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?" I think this quote is very accurate, and it made me laugh for a moment. I c...more
I read this to my son (he was given it as a gift) and was thoroughly disappointed. In the future, I will not read any of these "adapted" versions. All of the descriptive language of the book was eliminated for some cheesy black and white drawings. It felt like reading a comic book. While I haven't read the original, I know there is more substance to it just based on book length alone. I don't understand why this type of book even exists, it is a bastardization of literature, an insult to the aut...more
This was the first novel I ever read!
I don't think it was this version because I'm pretty sure the edition I read was well over 400 pages, but I cant seem to find it so here I am.

This book is a classic. The story is absolutely wonderful and I remember reading it as fast as my little eyes could because of how captivated I was by the plot.

It's so enjoyable and light-hearted. Honestly, I don't know what else I could write about it because everyone knows the story of the Oz, Dorothy and her friends...more
Jan 01, 2013 Martina marked it as to-read
Next book my daughter and I are reading while she eats breakfast!
Jesenia (Michie) xD
Oh no in the Wizard of Oz by Deidre S. Laiken Dorothy and her dog are stuck in the Land of Oz after a terrible tornado in Kansas. The only way back home is to take the yellow brick road to find Wizard of Oz. The one problem is that Wicked Witch of the West wants to steal her shoes. While taking the yellow path she meets some friends Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion they are also wanting to go to the Wizard of Oz. Some troubles happen on the way there.The Scarecrow wants to have...more
Super Reading Kids
The wizard gets Dorothy home. Dorothy sings and dances and makes new friends. She takes Toto with her. Toto is her dog. I liked The Wizard of Oz because Dorothy killed the Wicked Witch. I liked her friends.
Emma - Age 5

The Wizard of Oz was about getting to the Wizard and getting back home to Kansas. She makes friends with a scarecrow, a tinman and a lion and she meets some mice and winged monkeys. She got a wistle from the mice and a golden cap from the winged monkeys. She realizes that the Wizar...more
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum adapted by Deidre S. Laiken is a great classic. The story follows the adventure of a girl, Dorothy, and her dog, Toto, who are taken to a magical land during a storm. Upon arrival to this new land Dorothy's house lands on the Evil Witch of the East, killing her. The people of this land, the munchkins are very thankful for Dorothy. The Good Witch of the North is unable to help Dorothy return home to Kansas and sends her off on the yellow brick road towards Emer...more
Loong Yih
"Somewhere over the rainbow,Way up high,And the dreams that you dreamed of,Once in a lullaby ii ii iii,Somewhere over the rainbow,Blue birds fly, And the dreams that you dreamed of,Dreams really do come true ooh ooooh, Someday I'll wish upon a star,Wake up where the clouds are far behind me ee ee eeh,Where trouble melts like lemon drops,High above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me oh,Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly,And the dream that you dare to,Oh why, oh why can't I?"

This s...more
Adelin Pimentel
The readers will like it. Especially kids. But I like it and I still like it. Because I like adventures.

The wizard of oz was a really good book. I really like it, it have a lot of adventures. The main character Dorothy find a lot of strange character in her way to the wizard of oz. They all wanted to see the wizard of oz because they all wanted to make a wish.

The funny part of this book was that Dorothy was inviting all the stranger creatures to see the wizard of oz, so he can accomplish their...more
I read the book when I was very young, I don't really remember the story, so I decided to retread it. I didn't know there are so many episodes in this story. The plots I don't familiar with are quite interesting. But I don't really get the author's logic. Why saving a mouse by killing a cat is justice. I don't quite get it.
i really liked this book because it had suspense. this book had every thing i like. it was a story of a little girl named Dorthy and her dog named Toto, that got lost in a cyclone and ended up at land of the oz. they did everything to get back to Kansas her home. at the end they do go to Kansas.
Oct 23, 2012 Princess marked it as to-read
so this book is about a littel gril named dorthy how literlay dreams about going to a magical land wear she a talking scare croe how wants a brain then mets a tin can man how wants a heart then mets a lion how fearless then she herself dorhty wants to go home . yes I do like the book and the movie even if its old back in the 1930,s arond the time my grand parents were born I and I also like the book becausethe good witch helped 4 of the characters get what they wanted the lion had courage the sc...more
Eh. I didn't care for the audio - directed towards kids. LOL, imagine that for the Wizard of Oz.

Still, there were some nerdy things, like the ruby red slippers were originally silver. I won't be following the rest of series.
Mlp Princess
I think when I read this book it will be really good. I have seen the movie but I have not read the book. The movie is good if you haven't seen it. :)
Holly W
read with my 3rd grade daughter. it's definitely different than the movie..great read tho.
if you won't read this book because you think its a kids book then you are making a huge huge mistake READ THIS BOOK!!!!
Xander Kaufman
It's a Good Book not the best one I've read but a good childrens
Listened to this in Spanish. It was delightful.
Adapted for a young reader, but interesting.
I was surprisingly kind of bored, but my son liked it well enough. He fidgeted through it more than some.
Jun 04, 2014 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
i think it was a magnificent book!
I loved this book when I was in elementary school. My dad bought me this for Christmas, and even though I had seen the movie umpteen billion times, the book was surprisingly a little different than the movie. I think it made it even more worth it to read the book. It wasn't so predictable. But also, it was nice to just read the story. This is one of those stories you just have to read for yourself, and since it's a classic, and most have seen the movie, it is interesting to learn the differences...more
Madison C.
I loved it. I read it when I was like in kindergarten. It's about a girl named Dorothy and a tin man lion and a scarecrow. They set off on an amazing adventure to The Land of Oz to try to get the powers that they don't have yet.
J. Argyl
Jan 10, 2010 J. Argyl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to reminisce about simpler times

What a fast read this was. I read it one Saturday morning in bed while I waited for the woman I was dating at the time to wake up. I was about to read Wicked and I wanted to brush up on my Oz knowledge before doing so. It was a pleasant read and I liked all the stuff that was in it that wasn't in the film.

This is such a sweet old classic. I loved reading it and found several of the parts very humorous. It's not surprising that this is an enduring classic.
Katherine Settle
The Wizard of Oz is one of my all time favorite stories ever. I will never hesitate whenever I get the chance to read this book again. I could read it over and over again! This is a story about a girl named Dorthy traveling along a yellow brick road with her dog Todo. Along their journey to Emerald City, they come into contact with a scarecrow without a brain. A lion without courage. And a tin man without a heart.
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