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Oz by Eric Shanower
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Mar 07, 2012

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a graphic novel and a retelling of the original Wizard of Oz. It features all of the same characters including Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard of Oz, Glinda the Good Witch, and the Wicked Witch of the West. The graphic novel is very well illustrated, having almost a gothic feel to the story. It is full of beautiful colors, lines, and shadows. With the amount of detail in the panels, it is very easy to follow the story without the word bubbles. But these word bubbles do a fantastic job of supplementing the storyline with what cannot be seen through the illustrations. They are brief and to the point, so that the reader can fully understand the plot of the story. The only irritating part of the dialogue was the repetition of the characters “if I only had a heart/brain/courage.” The story could have gone along without the numerous repetitions of these phrases. Although being very close to the original story, Shanower’s adaptation adds in multiple adventures for Dorothy and her friends. Although the story closely follows the original, the story seems a bit slow in the beginning and rushed toward the end of the novel. This change of pace takes a bit away from the overall storyline and could be an issue with attracting younger readers into the story. The values of friendship, courage, intelligence, and compassion are central themes in this version, as well as the original, but with this version are not “preachy”. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz gives new life to the classic story with dark illustrations and supplemental dialogue that can entice younger readers.

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