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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Unabridged Classic) (Sterling Children's Classics) [Hardcover]

Frank L. Baum
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25 May 2006 Sterling Children's Classics
"The Wizard of Oz" has captured the hearts of children and adults alike since it was published in 1899. The beloved tale of Dorothy, her dog Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and their journey through the magical land of Oz is filled with excitement and suspense. This attractive illustrated hardback edition of the treasured classic is sure to be cherished for years to come. "Sterling Children's Classics" is a new series presenting timeless classic works of fiction in handsome hardback volumes at an unbelievable price. Parents, teachers, librarians and of course young readers will welcome these beautiful, unabridged editions of evergreen children's favourites. Each beautiful book features: original full colour dust jacket artwork; three-piece cloth binding; the highest quality paper; detailed spot illustrations; and a ribbon page marker. It is beautiful classic literature at a classic price!

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; New edition edition (25 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402725043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402725043
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 16.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"- 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares left out.' L. Frank Baum, Chicago, April 1900 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'There is no place like home...'

This much loved tale has enchanted generations of children and adults alike

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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
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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky & Surreal Adventure ot the land of Oz 4 Sep 2012
By Killie
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum is the latest book I have read as part of an online Fantasy Classics Challenge I have taken part in. Like many of the other books I have read in this challenge, it is another story that I am aware of through movies and other media.

The first half of the story is actually quite close to what you could expect if you have seen the famous 1939 classic including a rather grey Kansas. Dorothy and her dog Toto get whisked away by a Tornado and land in Oz, accidentally killing the wicked witch of the East in the process. She immediately desires to find a way home and so begins an adventure along the Yellow Brick road to request the help of the great wizard that lives in the Emerald City.

However, the 2nd half of the book is a rather unknown and surreal affair that involves a journey across an entire land made out of porcelain china. Everything there is made of china including the people, animals and buildings and I can understand why the makers of the movie really didn't fancy trying to create this element of the story on the big screen.

This novel really is quite a surreal and quirky adventure and I did enjoy the journey it took me on. It can be quite hard to read a book like this when you have already seen the movie so many times but I found the differences between the two formats to be part of what kept me entertained. One of the little differences that really made me smile was when I found out that the Emerald City is not actually green, but the people in the city are made to wear green tinted glasses so it appears that way.

In all honesty though, I still think the movie is a slightly better form of the story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars do away with all that judy garland junk. 15 May 2006
the book is good, damn good. i wish i had read it as a child. there is so much more to the book than the film ever gave light to. some very important sentiments were done away with and the book has sadly been distorted. has anyone read this? my guess is most people think they have but in truth only imagine it. i loved the fact that everyone had to wear green glasses and the china land was a concept i have never come across. go read it to the kiddies. a classic that should not be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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My first comment would have to be; this is a reading from an abridged version of the original novel by Frank L Baum and doesn't follow the script from the mega famous Judy Garland musical. It's a lovely adventure, for adults and children alike, and features the characters you'd expect such as Toto, Tinman, Lion and Scarecrow doing battle with witches and flying monkeys. The audio version is much shorter and lacks the same amount of action sequences as the movie but I've read the book many times and I'm pleased they followed the original. I'm just letting you know it's different.

Bill Nighy does a excellent job of packing in atmosphere and comedy and keeps enough vocal difference between his characters you don't become confused. That's something of an achievement. The hour whizzed by and both quality of the sound recording and presentation are good. My idea of heaven and took me right back to my childhood.
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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 1 month 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
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic! What's to tell?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A lovely book which I will add to my collection of childrens classics, this is a lovely book to read, great illustrations and well made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great classic, now with awesome illustrations
Michael Sieben is an illustrator without peer.

He really makes the story come alive with the great pictures that accompany this classic adventure
Published 2 months ago by Dan Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for long car journeys
This is a classic story which I think pretty much everyone will know from the famous film. It is often a disappointment to read a book and find it is not exactly the same as the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dodster
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Audio Classic
This cd is part of a collection of classic children's books produced by AudioGO.It is narrated by Bill Nighy,who does an excellent job. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lova
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely reading
We got this CD to listen to in the car as my daughter gets easily annoyed at the constraints of her car seat. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dinah93
5.0 out of 5 stars great voice
We all know the wizard of oz is a top childrens read but Bills voice really does suit the the story . Brilliant for getting the kids chilled down before sleeptime. Recommended .
Published 6 months ago by zombielover
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful narration, fine addition to the series.
This narrative is of the original Baum story. It is enchanting and firmly challenges my recollection of the movie. So much so that I bought the original series. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jack Chakotay
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