The Wonderful Wisdom of Oz,
This review is from: The Wizard of Oz (Puffin Classics) (Paperback)
The cover illustration evokes one of the iconic moments in the 1939 film: Dorothy's house whirls from Kansas and lands in Oz, crushing the Wicked Witch of the East beneath its timbers. All that remains of the Witch are her legs, clad in red and white stockings, and those famous slippers. Cue the entrance of her furious sister, the utterly terrifying Wicked Witch of the West, and the beginning of that journey down the Yellow Brick Road.
Everyone knows (and most love) the film, but the original book is often overlooked. It is well worth seeking out as, not only does it contain all the key scenes featured in the film but a few extra lands, monsters and incidents for good measure. Baum's social philosophy shines through in his depictions of the different territories within Oz and the relationships between rulers and ruled. Brains, heart and courage prove to be the true foundations of leadership rather than power built on fear or humbug. The novel is undoubtedly darker than the film and there are some moments that would probably be too gruesome for young children but my son (aged 7) was enthralled throughout.
And those slippers? Silver in the original book, but ruby filmed better in technicolor...