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The Wizard of Oz (Great Illustrated Classics)

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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
Sep 17, 2014 Seung Hoon rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 17, 2012 Carol rated it liked it

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

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
Oct 06, 2013 Marie rated it really liked it
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
Aug 10, 2011 Jodie rated it did not like it
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
May 07, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Adria Maria
Mar 12, 2016 Adria Maria rated it liked it
Cute artwork.
Priya Shashank
Jun 07, 2015 Priya Shashank rated it it was amazing
I had been trying to get my son to read some of the classics that I had read as a child, but somehow he wouldn't leave his Geronimo Stilton's and Goosebumps.... Then a friend took me to a great library where I found this book. We got it issued in her name and I asked my son to try reading it and see if he liked the story. The book was tailored for reading by kids, had great pictures and good font size, it looked perfect even if it was black and white. To my great surprise, my son finished this b ...more
A girl named Dorothy was raised by her uncle and aunt. She has a dog named Toto. They were both drifted into a cyclone in their farmhouse which led to the place called The Land of Oz. A falling house fell on a witch, The Wicked Witch of the East. Dorothy saw a glass slipper stuck under the house. The munchkins were grateful that their ruler was killed. After that, the Good Witch of the North comes with the munchkins to greet Dorothy. She told her in order for her to get back to her home, she mus ...more
Mar 11, 2015 Momo rated it it was amazing
summary: this was a great book and I loved it more than the movie which usually doesn't happen. Dorothy lives on a very bland farm with her uncle and aunt. one day a tornado comes and carries Dorothy and her dog Toto to a very strange land. while there, she meets a scarecrow, tin man, and a cowardly lion. with them she goes on a lot of amazing adventures to make a special wizard to take her home.
opinion: it was great and had others parts I had never heard of before. I recommend it to everyone.
Alexis Smith-Gaddis
Nov 23, 2015 Alexis Smith-Gaddis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This fantasy novel in well known and has many fantasy factors throughout. The overall concept of this novel has a fantasy aspect. This book uses animal/ fantasy fiction throughout the entire story by allowing characters such as the lion, scarecrow and tin man all have 'human' like qualities and can talk. This repeats throughout the story. Also, the main rule of this book is to follow the yellow brick road. This is continuous throughout the entire story. I would use this book in a first or second ...more
Jan 01, 2013 Martina marked it as to-read
Next book my daughter and I are reading while she eats breakfast!
Hannah Spitzley
Sep 12, 2015 Hannah Spitzley rated it it was ok
Dorthy lives on a farm in Kansas with her aunt and uncle. One day a twister hit the farm and Dorthy got hit ans she went unconscious. In her dream she was lost and she didn't know how to get home then a someone told her to follow the yellow brick road to get to the wizard of oz. On her way she met a scarecrow, an iron man and a lion. They all wanted to get something from the wizard but they had a long journey in front of them first. I thought this book was really good and i think everyone should ...more
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
Jan 21, 2013 Super Reading Kids rated it really liked it
Shelves: jessica, emma
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
Oct 23, 2012 Sydney rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic
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
Mar 15, 2016 Cammie rated it liked it
I remember watching The Wizard of Oz all the time as a child. I would watch it, then rewind it (oh, VHS days...) and watch it again. I had never read the book before, and when I saw it at the bookstore, I had an epiphany: Read the god damn book. So, that's what I did!
First of all, I want to say that I don't even know if I read the right version. There were a crap ton of different versions at the store, so I just picked up the prettiest one. That said, let's review it.
I have to say that I like th
Hadley Webb
Mar 10, 2015 Hadley Webb marked it as to-read
Shelves: classics
Having watched the movie I could wait to read the book. This story is about Dorothy and her little dog who, due to a storm, end up in another world. They adventure to the land of Oz in hopes to find their way home. Surprisingly they had the same idea through the book but there were some differences such as she had SILVER slippers in the book not read, and unlike in the movie the witch doesn't appear often, and my favorite difference is that in the book the land of Oz is a real place.
Loong Yih
Mar 20, 2013 Loong Yih rated it really liked it
"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
Sep 13, 2015 Max rated it it was amazing
The Wizard of Oz by Deidre S. Laiken was a good book. Dorthy has to find her way home in the land on Oz, she has to see the wizard to get home but she runs into trouble on the way. She makes friends with a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion which all need something from the wizard. Can Dorthy make it to the wizard or will she be stuck in the land of Oz forever.
Adelin Pimentel
Jan 29, 2013 Adelin Pimentel rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 17, 2014 Proficiency rated it really liked it
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.
May 01, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2015 Kenna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This adapted version is written simply as if to aid those beginning readers. The story is great, but it has obviously been cut to fit the purpose of this book. A great book for elementary school children or struggling readers.
Aug 19, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it
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.
Brianda Cruz
Apr 26, 2015 Brianda Cruz rated it liked it
I had to read this book when i was younger for a book report. Since that was awhile ago i read it again and i actually understood it more this time than the last time i read it. This book is just an adventure all around. It makes you wonder what will happen next keeps you on your feet and the characters are just so funny and silly.
Mlp Princess
Mar 19, 2014 Mlp Princess rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Alex Fritz
Oct 08, 2015 Alex Fritz rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great book. I recommend this book to any body who needs to read a classic literature book. I rate this 4 stars out of 5
Apr 03, 2015 Shane rated it it was amazing
Amazing, fantastical, out of this world and imaginative. This book deserves to be regarded as a classic, one of my favourite reads!
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