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The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection (Oz #1-14)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  1,139 ratings  ·  74 reviews
The Oz books form a book series that begins with
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and that relates the "history" of the Land of
Oz. Oz was originally created by author L. Frank Baum, who went on to write
fourteen Oz books. Although most of the Oz books are strictly adventures,
Baum as well as many later Oz authors styled themselves as "Royal Historians" of
Oz to emphasize that...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1900)
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Sheri
I have gone out of my way to rate this particular Collection because not all the mobile versions are well edited. This one has indexes for every book and displays all the relevant content. For example, how frustrating is it to get to the description of the notes about Tic Toc in the third book to find the text missing because it is an image in the original books? This version has the text. If you want the Oz books compiled on your shelf in one book, until they come out with one containing the or...more
S J Blake
I love the classic film and as a parent, had seen it some hundred plus times over the years, thanks mainly to a daughter who was obsessed with it at one point. I had read the first book when I was much younger, seeking more of the color and pageantry and spectacle of the movie and remember being vaguely disappointed. That's what happens when Hollywood magic fills your imagination. I saw this complete collection on Amazonr recently, read the great reader reviews of the edition, and frankly, the l...more
Erica
I’ve read _The Wonderful Wizard of Oz_ a couple of times, yet I can’t seem to find all the social/political commentary everyone seems to think is there. In the sequels, though, it’s pretty obvious. I think the sequels delve into slightly more adult themes under the guise of children’s fantasy than _Wizard_. Sure, _Wizard_ had live inanimate objects (the scarecrow and the tin man), but _The Marvelous Land of Oz_ takes it to a new level: Jack Pumpkinhead, the saw horse, and the weird animal-head f...more
Hayley
Thanks for the nook lend Mychael!

Very much like the Narnia books in the easy, deceptively simplistic style of writing. As much as I enjoyed the lighthearted, breezy tone of the book perhaps it wasn't the best idea to try and read the whole thing through (over the course of two weeks more or less). Towards the end the stories became more contrived, big surprise there. The little notes by the author speaking to his child readers were appealingly whimsical at first but became more and more tiresom...more
Edward Davies
01. THE WIZARD OF OZ
For many this is considered the best and, outside of the USA, only Oz book. Many people don't realise just how many of these books there were, and this is the one with the most consistant plot (if any - some of them don't have a plot).

02. THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ
For a kids book that's 100 years old, this has a pretty clever conceit to the progression of the story. Not to spoil things but the main character is far more important to the future of the Oz books than first appeara...more
Bufo Calvin
I'm a huge Oz fan. Unusually for me, I've been re-reading these...that's something I rarely do. However, I am planning to write something about Oz myself, and I wanted to see them from the perspective of the piece and to get all the details right.

I have to point out that this ASIN is going to the wrong version. The cover shown here is for another edition (which I also own), and which is no longer available. Their contents are also different.

What I'm re-reading are the "Famous Fourteen", the fou...more
Joy
I am such a huge fan of the entire Oz series by L. Frank Baum. Other authors have tried to continue the series and it just isn't the same. I've read them all, some are better than others, hands down my favorite is the Tin Woodman of Oz. There is some carry-over in story line from book to book, but each stands alone as it's own story. They can be read out of order (that's how I did it as a kid) w/ no difficulty.
Nicole
The 1st book is VERY different from the movie! This was a great read.
I have not read the other books yet.I started one and wasn't in to it.I really just wanted to read the 1st one.So I am calling it done!
Andy Angel
Jan 16, 2011 Andy Angel marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
picked up the complete set of Oz books on Amazon for Kindle for just £0.72 (yup, 72 pence for 15 books) that's what I call a result.
Misfit
A whopping $.99 on Kindle. No pics like in the originals though :/
April Brown
A childhood favorite re-visited.

Is the story as good as I remember? – Yes

What ages would I recommend it too? – Five and up.

Length? – About two weeks worth of stories.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Fantasy, alternate dimensions.

Written approximately? – 1900 - 1920.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – Ready to read more.

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Yes. Many children today will be confused that the characters have so muc...more
Snow
Aug 26, 2014 Snow marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kind-of-read

From Book 2, The Marvelous Land of Oz:

As they passed the rows of houses they saw through the open doors that men were sweeping and dusting and washing dishes, while the women sat around in groups, gossiping and laughing.

"What has happened?" the Scarecrow asked a sad-looking man with a bushy beard, who wore an apron and was wheeling a baby-carriage along the sidewalk.

"Why, we've had a revolution, your Majesty as you ought to know very well," replied the man; "and since you went away the women hav
...more
Jen
Really fun to read so many tales of Oz that I had no idea existed! I also really enjoyed L. Frank Baum's biography, and learning about his feminist leanings. Viewed through this lens, his tales are quite progressive for his time. The recent movie seems like it deviates from his original themes and intention horribly (he never included romantic love as a plot device in his books because he thought children wouldn't be interested in that, and he always had strong and independent female characters)...more
Jax
*Note: I would read one Oz story after every other book I read this year. It was a great way to break up some of the more "adult" reading I was doing. My average rating for all 14 stories is 4.142857.

1- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - 5 stars
Since I'm familiar with the movie, I was pleasantly surprised at the parts that weren't in there: the Queen of the Field Mice, the Porcelain Town, the Witch of the North, the fact that the flying monkeys were actually good. And the Emerald City wasn't really gr...more
Brandon Kessler
I really tried to give the Wizard of Oz a chance. I did. Since the Wizard of Oz is a major pop-culture icon, I though I should see the source material. That was a mistake.

The first book was interesting enough, and had the same vibe as Through the looking glass, with a vibrant and kooky world, an insane plot, and oddball characters. The writing is definitely early 20th century which just adds a little challenge of figuring out what older turns-of-phrase meant, or references to tools or people th...more
A.
Baum's Oz books were some of my favorite as a child, imaginative and insane and full of overwrought, terrible wordplay. Part of that was Oz itself and part was the books' age: I felt like I could time travel to the life and mind of a child in the 1910s.

I read them now, and Baum was not very good at constructing plots. Or, rather, I get the impression he had no need for an book-long story arc so long as something exciting was always happening. The books tend to blur into one another, as they all...more
Ven Detta
Everyone has seen the movie The Wizard of Oz. However, few people today know the actual book that the move was based on. Fewer people know there were a number of books in the series.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz (1905, comic strip depicting 27 stories)
The Woggle-Bug Book (1905)
Ozma of Oz (1907)
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
The Road to Oz (1909)
The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
Little Wi...more
Ali
This was a solid series. I would definitely consider reading these books to my kids because that is truly who Baum wrote these books for. Forget any veiled symbolism you might have heard about them (especially the first one). These books are fun, silly, quirky, bizarre, and don't make you worry too long when they occasionally take a dark turn or two. Reading all 14 in a row did get to wear a bit thin, I have to say. They definitely got a bit repetitive. If you have ever wanted to know a bit more...more
Destyni
I rate these 3 stars. On the one hand, they were fun. I enjoyed the first as a kid, or at least found them entertaining enough to read the second, the third, and so on.

On the other hand, there is something sincerely morbid about the way L. Frank Baum's mind works.(view spoiler)...more
Pallavi Rao
Great classic series from Frank Baum. It's definitely much scarier than one would imagine for books that are meant for children. But it has a great sweetness and even the evildoers are generally not too heavily punished throughout the series.

The main draw of the Oz Series is the characters, which vary and are really amazing in description and personality. And it's refreshing to see strong female leads for a change. In fact, the world of Oz is quite dominant in female leaders, from Dorothy to Oz...more
Emily
I'm still in the midst of reading Baum's series (currently book 5), but it's amazing to see how much more there is to Oz and Dorothy that you never get from the movies that have been made. A great series for any child (or adult child!) to read.
Shane Grier
Glad I read them all

The movie is better. That's putting it too simple of course, but it's true. I enjoyed most of the stories, while others were a drag to read. Dorothy and gang are living it up in the land of Oz.
Maggie Wiggins
(Mind you, I read the series in paperback when I was a kid)

Oz got me through middle school. The fourteen original books in Baum's series built upon my Hollywood knowledge of the film adaptation and created a very comforting world for me. I appreciate how articulate the characters are, even though at times Dorothy is supposed to be very young. Baum does a great job of creating various ways for Dorothy to get to Oz, similar to the multiple entrances Gregor finds in Suzanne Collins' Gregor the Over...more
Nicole
Another collection I couldn't get enough off when I was in elementary school. I still have a couple of these books from my school library. What a rebel!
Amber - DancingQueen
I've been a huge Oz fan since my early teen years, and I am a collector of the vintage books, and fan, still. This series is wonderful for the young and the young at heart.

I love reading them with my children. For me the stories never get old. Some of the books in the series are better than others (I just chose this one, since it has all 14 books in one). But all of them are magical, whimsical, witty, and worth reading.

Oh and an added bonus, in my eyes, are the illustrations by John R. Neill (...more
Lesley Anne
The story "The Wizard of Oz" is an amazing classic and should be read by everyone. On the other hand, the other 13 Oz stories (+1 more written by a Baum-inspired writer) are repetitive and become a drag to read. Some are better than others, and the further from the core characters, the better.

As a side note, the last story, "The Royal Book of Oz" was not written by L. Frank Baum, and though it was filled with fun titters and puns, the racism towards the Chinese (and blacks) is pretty discouragi...more
Ross Wilkins
I read these 14 Oz books when I was a kid, about 10-12 years old. I loved the imaginative characters the utopian setting and the continuous travel/adventure motif. Reading them as an adult is still enjoyable, although you can see the repetitive plots and devices used. Also you notice Baum's narrative inconsistencies, but that's something you can easily glaze over. The Oz books really remind me of why I love the Harry Potter books so much, it's the wicked sorcerer's and magical environments that...more
Natalie
I read this when I was 11 or 12, and just loved it. I was into watching the movies too (not just the musical but the other editions of the sequel stories that are part of the original work), and comparing them to the book. This was probably my first experience with the pretty much universally held disappointment surrounding movie versions of books. Dorothy's entrance into the talking mountain and her selection of the right three trinkets to save Oz is still a vivid part of the story for me. Just...more
Stella
I don't have any other electronic (or physical) editions to compare this too but I was very satisfied and entertained by these whimsical adventure tales. Here and there was the odd error such as missing punctuation or a repeated paragraph but by and large the collection read smoothly, was easy to navigate (at least on my Nook) and proved a sweet, simple diversion. The stories themselves are wryly funny with novel characters and a fantastic world that made the stories a nice diversion.
Jennifer Gladen
This collection was filled with "Oz-like" drama and adventures. While the stories had a common formula to them, each one was unique and I grew to love every character that I met in this collection. As I followed each Oz story I felt like I "knew" the author and the characters as if they were friends of mine. Great books. If you are tempted to stop reading - don't. Stick with the stories and enjoy this world created for you by Frank L Baum. You'll be glad you did.
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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 plethora of other works (55 novels in total, 82 short stor...more
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“All the same," said the Scarecrow, "I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one."   "I shall take the heart," returned the Tin Woodman; "for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” 0 likes
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