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The Oz Chronicles: Volume 1

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Included in this two-volume set are the following stories:

Volume 1
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,
The Marvelous Land of Oz,
Ozma of Oz,
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz,
The Road to Oz,
The Emerald City of Oz,
The Patchwork Girl of Oz,
Little Wizard Stories of Oz,

Volume 2
Tik-Tok of Oz,
The Scarecrow of Oz,
Rinkitink in Oz,
The Lost Princess of Oz,
The Tin Woodman of Oz,
The Magi
Hardcover, Borders Classics, 671 pages
Published November 28th 2003 by Borders Classics (first published 2003)
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Jan 03, 2010 Hallie rated it liked it
I think this collection would be better read spread out and not straight through. I think the individual stories would have set better with me if I had given them time to digest before heading on to the next story.

I really enjoyed the first story, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It was so much better than the movie, not so saccharin and really fun story telling. I did get aggravated with the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion's whining but understood it was needed to get the point of the story across, es
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Jan 28, 2008 Shai Micaiah rated it it was amazing
christmas present from myke.
Jul 20, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
I really understand why these books appealed to the children of the era in which they were written. The characters are so imaginative and so visually unique--in a time when children weren't overexposed to tv, movies, video games. These books must have made their imaginations explode with the imagery!!

I also really enjoyed reading the author's note at the beginning of each story. How gratifying it must have been for him to receive all those letters from children giving him feedback and asking for
Mar 03, 2008 ROBB rated it really liked it
This is the "Harry Potter" series of 100 years ago. This is the first several books of the OZ series written by L. Frank Baum. It begins with the original "the Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and proceeds through several of the other early novels. There is an "Oz Chronicles 2" with the remaining stories by Baum, but it wasn't listed on here (at least I couldn't find it - I am currently reading this book). And "Oz Chronicles 3" deals with other magical kingdoms surrounding Oz - I have bought it and will ...more
Kristin Intile
This book actually contains the first 7 books in the Oz series. I absolutely love this series. Baum was so incredibly imaginative and often times very funny. It's very child-like though good for adults too if you just want to read some fantasy fluff. I do find that I have to mix it up a an Oz story and then a few grown up books. Reading a bunch in a row might turn your brain to mush. Mush sprinkled with pixie-dust, but mush nonetheless.
Nov 14, 2010 Krystal rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, classics
I did enjoy reading the original Oz tales (I had no idea there were so many!) though the are definitely geared toward a young audience. I'd recommend them for bedtimes stories for young children. Their imaginations will appreciate the nuttiness that happens throughout the story and will also enjoy the important roles children always play.
Jul 19, 2012 Bunmi rated it really liked it
I love the movie "Wizard of Oz" and happened to have a copy of "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz" as a child. Reading the original tale, as well as many further adventures was a true delight.

Sometimes Dorothy and her friends are a bit ridiculous, but it IS a children's tale. And Baum does a good job of throwing in some puns and sarcasm for adults, too.
Oct 29, 2010 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
I've only read about half of the books. But all of them so far are very good!
Jul 12, 2014 Anjanette rated it it was ok
I think these might be better if they were read separately. it gets really tedious reading them all together like this.
Feb 06, 2008 Kerry rated it it was amazing
L. Frank Baum has a great imagination! Awesome continuations of the Wizard of Oz!
Mar 03, 2008 Lindsey marked it as to-read
I don't think I've ever read the OZ series!
Nichole Davis
May 29, 2010 Nichole Davis rated it it was amazing
I had never read any of the books before. These stories are enchanting and gave me a glimpse into the social climate during the time of L. Frank Baum
Jan 15, 2012 Wendy marked it as to-read
read the movie part of the oz stories in baum's original writing, but not sure if it was abridged and not sure of what number that one was. must look into....
Kati Boyce
Dec 27, 2013 Kati Boyce rated it liked it
What strange stories these are. Good, but I don't plan on reading them again.
Sep 21, 2010 Kristine rated it it was amazing
The Oz Chronicles, and Alice's Adventure's In Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass are some of the best novels ever written.
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