Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
(Penguin Popular Classics)

73%

26 Critic Reviews

...surprising emotion...Readers yet to discover the story of Oz will find a wholly original vision in this edition.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" is the classic story of fantasy that has delighted readers young and old for decades. Dorothy finds herself transplanted to the magical land of Oz when her house is sucked up by a tornado. To get back home she must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard to help her get back to Kansas. Along the way she meets several interesting characters including the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion who join her on her travels to ask the Wizard for help of their own.
 

About L. Frank Baum

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Lyman Frank Baum was born in Chittenango, New York, on May 15, 1856. Over the course of his life, Baum raised fancy poultry, sold fireworks, managed an opera house, opened a department store, and an edited a newspaper before finally turning to writing. In 1900, he published his best known book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Eventually he wrote fifty-five novels, including thirteen Oz books, plus four “lost” novels, eighty-three short stories, more than two hundred poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings. Baum died on May 6, 1919. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, in Glendale, California.
 
Published July 11, 2012 by Modern Library. 114 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Education & Reference, Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Nature & Wildlife, Religion & Spirituality, Horror, Travel, Arts & Photography, Romance, War. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Wonderful Wizard of Oz
All: 26 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 8

Publishers Weekly

Good
on Oct 24 2011

...surprising emotion...Readers yet to discover the story of Oz will find a wholly original vision in this edition.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Kelly Atwood on Jan 11 2013

American author L. Frank Baum wrote a simple story about a magical land for his sons, but always intended for it to be for the mass public. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) has remained a very popular and influential book to the world.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on Mar 25 2015

Parents need to know that the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, which is full of Hollywood embellishments, has little to do with the spare, classic book by L. Frank Baum, originally published in 1900. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a quite different story, and not to be missed.

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Lit Reactor

Below average
Reviewed by Brian McGackin on Apr 17 2014

No one should have to read them. They are painful, and bad, and really just insane in all the wrong ways. Watch any of the three bajillion film, TV, or stage adaptations. Read a few of the comic series. Christ, play the crappy video games. Don't read the books.

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Birmingham Public Library

Good
Reviewed by Richard Grooms on Aug 01 2012

As for the adult content, by no means am I suggesting this is a dry book-quite the opposite. It is, more than anything, an adventure story that never lets up, one that lets an adult be a kid again and still enjoy an adult experience. Maybe I should be glad I waited this long to read it.

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That's What She Read

Below average
Reviewed by Michelle on Apr 05 2014

I was really hoping...the original version of the story would be enough to change my mind. Alas, it is not enough, and my attempt to at least understand the fascination of this weird and pitiful story is at an end.

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Rebecca Reads

Good
Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Aug 03 2012

The story in Baum’s classic is a fun one in an imaginative new world far away from our own. We come to know different people, from the Munchkins to the Winkies in the land of the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
Reviewed by Sarah Reads Too Much on Nov 01 2012

This really is a huge difference, and makes the entire story more of a fantasy, and not just a dream. Does that make sense? Also, I really liked that the book made reference to the fact that Dorothy needed to sleep and eat during her long journey on the yellow brick road.

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Book Hooked Blog

Good
Reviewed by Julie G. on Mar 28 2013

Again, the ability to transcend eras as far as writing style is concerned makes a big difference here. It doesn't read like an "old" book, which I think will increase its appeal to children.

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Wondrous Reads

Good
Reviewed by Prophecygirl on Jun 17 2013

Although a fairly straightforward good vs. evil story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is about so much more than that. It teaches readers about friendship, courage and perseverance, and that anything really is possible if you want it enough.

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Bookfoolery and Babble

Good
Reviewed by Bookfool on Apr 17 2013

It's always tremendous fun reading the original classic and finding out what was cut from the book or changed when the book was made into a movie. Silver slippers rather than ruby red! Winkies trapped in slavery! Likable flying monkeys! Very cool.

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The Guilded Earlobe

Good
on Mar 26 2012

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a book all should experience whether they’ve seen the movie or not. You may miss the songs, The Lollipop Guild, and the horse of a different color, but you may just find new characters and stories to love as well.

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The Bluestocking Society

Above average
Reviewed by Jessica Anderson on Apr 15 2010

It’s not intricate. There’s not as much conflict as the movie. But it’s a nice little modernized fairy tale.

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Angela's Anxious Life

Above average
Reviewed by ANGELA'S ANXIOUS LIFE on Jun 11 2013

I am so glad I read it...I did think the story ended a little abrupt...I wish that by the end of the book the characters had found out that the Wizard gave them fake items and that in the end they had the heart, courage, and brains in them all along.

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Meaghan Walsh Gerard

Good
Reviewed by MWGERARD on Mar 12 2013

...I enjoyed revisiting this classic. The simplicity of the prose is something rare in children’s books over 100 years later. This is an excellent addition to an older child’s library.

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Strange and Random Happenstance

Above average
Reviewed by Miss Eliza on Nov 11 2011

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written in an attempt to create a new class of Fairy Tales distinctly American. I can think of no other literary character so closely connected to America, except perhaps Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

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Lucybird's Book Blog

Above average
on Apr 28 2014

It certainly is more fun than moral, however I do think there was a bit of a lesson, about how you can improve yourself, or how people change I suppose.

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Whimpulsive

Below average
Reviewed by SuziQoregon on Apr 15 2014

The book itself is an odd story. The interpretations of it as political and social allegory are well known but whether Baum really intended as that may or may not be true and honestly I don’t care.

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Belle's Bookshelf

Above average
Reviewed by Belle on Apr 10 2012

There were some wonderful parts to the story, of course. A highlight for me was the charming china village. The prose is lovely. Perhaps I would have adored the book if I had read it as a child. As an adult, I wanted it to be half the length and twice as enchanting.

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Owl Tell You About It

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura on Jan 09 2013

After Oz floats away in the balloon, they travel to the South to ask Glinda to send Dorothy home and each character gets their part of the story wrapped up nicely. If I had to describe this book in a word, the word would be “perfect.”

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Geeky Girl Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Chantale F on Mar 20 2013

I loved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz when I was a child and I do admit that I still do. This is a new gift edition that I find is absolutely fantastic to give a child or to keep as a collection for yourself. I know I will be keeping this one and read it again and again in the future.

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Picture Book Reviews

Excellent
on Nov 28 2011

Sheer entertainment! This beloved, unabridged version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written specifically for the enjoyment of children but is equally suited to readers of all ages.

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The Fandom Post

Good
Reviewed by Mark Thomas on Apr 04 2013

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic novel, and one of the pillars of the fantasy genre. It has a lot more in common with fairy tales than it does with modern fantasy tales, and therefore it can be tough to read if you aren’t aware of that. But as long as you keep that in mind, it is a lot of fun.

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The Fandom Post

Good
Reviewed by Chris Beveridge on Jul 31 2012

Reading this has definitely properly cemented me for the other novels, grounding me into what Baum had started with and viewed as the way the world of Oz works, shifting me away from the softer, tamer and lighter movie adaptation from 1939. Definitely recommended reading.

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The Tattered Thread

Above average
on Dec 08 2011

All in all, the book was as entertaining as the previous three times I’d bothered to peruse it. No grand discoveries were to be made but it is a quick and simple read for those that find themselves in environments where distractions made more detailed reading impossible.

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Book Discussion with Myself

Good
Reviewed by Shawn on May 11 2013

I think this is one of those American stories that will continue resonating through the ages of our country; a hundred years from now, the movie will be intertwined with the book to form a piece of real American folklore.

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