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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [Kindle Edition]

L. Frank Baum , W.W. Denslow
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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"A joy to read. . . highly recommended." --The Fandom Post


'The Wizard of Oz as you've never seen it before... Funny, unsettling, and dazzling... I can't wait to find out about Rawle's next challenge.'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13691 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chicago ; New York : G.M. Hill Co., 1900, c1899 (22 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E7JXFO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #842,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lyman Frank Baum was born in Chittenango, New York in 1856 and had seven brothers and sisters. Until the age of twelve Baum was privately tutored at home and in 1869 he spent two years at a military academy. After various jobs including journalist and actor, Baum wrote his first novel Goose in Prose in 1897. He went on to write over sixty books, including, in 1900, his most famous novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. L. Frank Baum was married with four children and died in 1919.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This chunky hardback in an unusual squarish landscape format is a fascinating new take on this 100 year old classic. On pages that are wonderfully spacious, with quaint typographical touches throughout, L. Frank Baum's original text has inspired a collection of intricate, fascinating and colourful illustrations.
Rawle is a collage artist and here he has had the vision and dedication to create dozens and dozens of interesting imaginative pictures that are reminiscent of a by-gone era.
Rawle has not been distracted by the 1939 Judy Garland film (which included red shoes when Baum described silver) and has chosen rather to go right back to basics: it is great to see the exquisite attention to the original. For example when Baum describes the munchkins, he says they wore round hats that rose to a point a foot above their heads with little bells around the brims - and in this book, Rawle has made them just so.
Every picture is perfectly fashioned from real objects with a touch of genius helped, I am sure, with some 21st century image manipulation, and they are amazing.
The key characters appear to have been chosen carefully from a 1950s toy box, and I love the tin man, the cowardly lion and the flying monkeys.
Some of the collages are undoubtedly a little unsettling and the wicked witch with her telescope eye is rather scary, like the puppets in an old fashioned Punch and Judy. However, the pictures are certainly no more disturbing than those damaged toys in the nasty boy's room in Toy Story and most small children take those in their stride, and Rawle's characters are entirely appropriate to Baum's accimpanying narrative.
This is a striking, brave and rather kooky illustrative approach and it's a style that won't appeal to everyone.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for all ages 9 Mar. 2003
This classic among children's books tells the story of how Dorothy and her dog Toto find their way back to Kansas from a distant, unknown land. It is truly delightful from beginning to end and will surely be loved and enjoyed by readers of all ages, not just children. The story is told in a simple, yet beautiful way and will grip the reader to the last page with Dorothy and Toto's wild adventures. From the sad story of the Winged Monkeys to the walk across the "Dainty China Country", it is a good start for any young bookworm and a charming read for any adult.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for adults and kids! 4 Mar. 2003
By Paul Munro VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There are great life lessons in this book for adults and children. I like to see the search for courage and a heart etc as a lesson in not looking outside for these things, but remembering instead that they can be found inside us all. We all have hearts, courage and brains etc to use. Slipping to a more child like level ;-), the kids loved this book. The characters are great and clean, and the book is written in an easy style that will captivate them for quite a while. At this price, you can't really grumble either!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This well-known fairy tale now has illustrations truly worthy of the mysterious and wonderful happenings in the Land of Oz. The European illustrator, Lisbeth Zwerger, states in the book jacket that she had never seen the Hollywood movie version before doing her drawings and that they were drawn simply from the author's own descriptions in the book. I read the book aloud to my daughters, one 10 and the other 6 years old, and found that the book is quite different from the movie. The pictures are exquisite, colorful, and capture the strangeness of the story. Both children loved it. Afterwards, the 6 year old said, "Mom, maybe we should BUY this book," (I had borrowed it from the library). Since then not only have I bought the book, I have given it to my nephew for his birthday and to another friend for her baby shower. It's superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good narration, rapid pace 14 July 2013
By J. R. Atkinson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I enjoyed this and Bill Nighy does make an excellent narrator, with just one small criticism being that his voice for Dorothy does not convey a young girl. The other characters are great and the way this has been abridged makes the pace of the story electric (the whole thing is done in 60 minutes).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where It All Began 6 Jun. 2010
It is years since I last read Lyman Frank Baum's classic children's tale, but I saw this book and thought I would like to read it again. In all Baum wrote fourteen Oz books, as well as other novels, short stories and poems, but it will be this book first published in 1900, that he will always be best remembered for.

This is also the book that was made into the famous musical movie by MGM, and that probably virtually everyone has seen, even if they have never read the book. The film itself only follows the book in general terms, as indeed there are differences, and in all the book is more darker. The film left out many of Dorothy's adventures and changed other things, most notably in the book Dorothy has silver shoes, not red. For 110 years this tale has fascinated the reading public, and long may it continue so.

So if you really want to know what happened to Dorothy then you must read this book. I personally have just sat down and read it in one sitting, as it is a great piece of escapism for adults. You can read this to the little ones, and when they are old enough they can read it themselves, and then when they have children the cycle starts again. This is a great little book to have on your bookshelf, that is ideal for all the family.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I very much enjoyed this story. I have watched the film with Judy Garland many, many times, and other versions I have seen, and I will continue to watch the film many more times. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Em
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!
Was my favourite book growing up, this book is gorgeous, it will be cherished!!
Published 24 days ago by Loulabell
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 4 months ago by Pedro Correia
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Stories good but voice over is really annoying.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Suzanne Peacock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 6 months ago by Leon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a present!
Was a present for a family member and they love it!
The delivery was quick and the look definitely catches peoples eyes when they are in the same room as it.
Published 6 months ago by Mark Rotherforth
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely classic fairy tale
Knowing the story only from some musical/tv I've once seen, I was intrigued to read the original story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. Hobsch
4.0 out of 5 stars classic and beautiful adventure
everybody knows the story and knows the movie, but I must say I don't recall ever seen the full movie or read the full book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by laros76
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter's favourite book
Chose this because of the gorgeous illustrations. Robert Inkpen is simply beautiful as an illustrator and the pictures are wonderful.
Published 10 months ago by Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love
This is the most beautiful book I have ever seen! The pages are silver gilded, inside are the original illustrations which are truly wonderful, and the cover is in true traditional... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Laura
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