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The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,640 ratings  ·  131 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
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ebook, 2222 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1919)
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Rachel My book doesn’t. I have 15 books with “Little Wizard Stories of Oz” as the 8th book. No mention of Ruth Plumly Thompson. My edition is Wordsworth…moreMy book doesn’t. I have 15 books with “Little Wizard Stories of Oz” as the 8th book. No mention of Ruth Plumly Thompson. My edition is Wordsworth Editions 2012. It’s a 1488 page purple covered paperback. Perhaps you have a different edition.(less)

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✘Tabby✘
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
THE REVIEW

Why this book?

I always been a fan of anything of Oz in general so I thought why not read the original Oz books

What I thought



This was one hell of a journey!! Not only do you see Oz in these books but you see other magical countries like one that snows popcorn, and one that lies the Gnome King. These books are full of fantastic characters; like the famous Scarecrow of Oz, The Patchwork girl Scraps, The shaggy Man, Princess Ozma, Dorothy and so many others. Each book you get spend time wi
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Sheri
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kacy
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read these books aloud to my sons and I have to say these are some of my favorite stories! I would love to own the collection as a whole to give them when they are adults so they may read to their children.
Ashok Banker
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Hayley
May 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pink, fiction, fantasy
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
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Joy
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lynn
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would love this set! I read at least 7 of these when I was in elementary school, but I would love to re-read them and complete the set! This would be a great set to have for our kids as well. :)
Carol
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read all of these books as a child and I would love to own the entire collection so I may share it with my nephew and niece.
Nicole Silva
Such a wonderful collection. I have read these stories to my sister and they love it.
Tavi Florescu
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
The myth of eternal return concealed in a children tale.
Erica
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Stephanie
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books. They were some of my favorites growing up. Some of them definitely more so than others, but all are worth a read. Some are almost a little disturbing if you think about it too hard, (a woman with interchangeable heads that wants to add to her collection? Didn't bother me as a kid but in retrospect kind of creepy) but they're all a lovely shade of nonsense. So much wonder and magic. A must read.
Nicole
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
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 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 :/
Lauron
Aug 03, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE the wizard of oz movie and as I have read Dorothy must Die I would love to get my hands on these!
Jax
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
*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
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Edward Burton
I've been reading this over the past 5 years. it's a noble series darker than I had imagined, especially after having watched MGM's resounding The Wizard of Oz many times from childhood on. The Wizard carried a pistol, the Wicked Witch of the West sent a horde of wolves to tear Dorothy to pieces and a hive of bees to sting her eyes out. There are even books written in blood. The fourteen books in the series have the same style of plot, usually involving a rescue of some sorts. There is no romanc ...more
Jadie
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wow, finally finally done. Were these amazing books? No. Did I get a better sense of Baum, as a (children's) author, by the end? Absolutely. His opinions on a multitude of subjects ranging from higher education to wealth accumulation to what it means to be a decent person are not-so-subtly scattered throughout all of these books. Perhaps it is more subtle if you're a child. :)

Everything is a fast read, and while I would not say that each of the stories is repetitive necessarily, they are not gri
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Randall Nielson
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Stories

Absolutely the most wonderful set of stories to come out of America. Mr. Baum has written stories that are great for children, but that can appeal to adults as well.
Joy
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I only got through about half. I probably would have enjoyed it more as a kid but as an adult I found it repetitive and not fun after the first 3 stories or so. And I generally enjoy children's literature.
Dorothy Deusing
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oz

Most interesting g and enjoyable. Did not know that we're so many stories of oz.I am 85 and know of many fairytales. I would have loved reading them to my 6 children,and grand children.
Tammy
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I remember my dad reading these to me before bedtime. I've been obsessed with Oz since second grade. This is perhaps my favorite collection of books of all time.
Heather McC
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful and complete collection of Baum's original work.
Sarah Stumphf
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really long time in the land of Oz...
Chad Ringgenberg
A classic

A classic that every one should read. It is well worth the time to read. An American Charles Dickins. I hope to read it again.
Victoria Muir
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Oz!!

These stories take me back to the happy innocent days of childhood. I loved them then and 50 years later still love them!!!
Charlie
The goal - to read the entire series.
The result - stopping after 5 books in.

Overall, this is the same story told over and over again. It never gets better though.
Audrey
I read the first book many years ago as and loved it. When I discovered the entire series in a Kindle version I was quite pleased. The rest of the books are as charming as the first. I noticed a few discrepancies but in a book of fairy tales do they really matter? Anyone who hasn't outgrown a children's love for fairytales will be delighted with this book.
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
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also wrote under the name Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers

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 pleth
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“But to become civilized means to dress as elaborately and prettily as possible, and to make a show of your clothes so your neighbors will envy you, and for that reason both civilized foxes and civilized humans spend most of their time dressing themselves.” 2 likes
“It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.” 2 likes
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