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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful!!

After reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, I was completely pleasantly surprised. I have seen the movie more times than I can count and have performed the play more than once so I am extremely familiar with the story. I was very sure there was no way the...
After reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, I was completely pleasantly surprised. I have seen the movie more times than I can count and have performed the play more than once so I am extremely familiar with the story. I was very sure there was no way the story of the Wizard of Oz could re-spark my interest but I was wrong. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum's writing is very simple making it accessible to all age groups. After realizing this, I understood how the book became such a classic. The simplistic writing didn't take away from the story at all, though. I found that the plot of Dorothy traveling through Oz, trying to return to Kansas, was far more intricate than in the film adaptation. The story was much more fantasy based, as well. The whimsical details created a story so magical I couldn't help but be pulled in. The story also spoke to a message about personal potential, a theme I had not connected to before while watching the movie. Throughout the novel, there are many instances of the scarecrow, lion, and tin man acting contradictorily to what their supposed problem is. For example, the lion acts against his fear and protects the rest of the characters while in the woods. This courageous act proves that the lion and all of the characters do not need the help of Oz and was capable all along. This is reinforced when Oz gives them gifts that have no real effect at the end of the book. This lesson of personal potential is a great one for kids to learn and in general, is an uplifting message for all. All in all, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic for a reason; it tells a wonderful, captivating story that speaks to all ages and people.

posted by 8265388 on May 16, 2011

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Great Lifetime Book

The Wizard of Oz is a book I call a 'lifetime' book. I call it this because no matter what age you are you can take something from it. It is a great book for children of any age. We all know the story of this book based on the movie, but the book if quite a bit differen...
The Wizard of Oz is a book I call a 'lifetime' book. I call it this because no matter what age you are you can take something from it. It is a great book for children of any age. We all know the story of this book based on the movie, but the book if quite a bit different. I like it more because it is more fantasy based. A lot of people have said the book is violent, but it's really not. Nothing is graphic or more violent than anything in the movie. The Wizard of Oz doesn't need a long review. It has such a legacy for a reason! Pick this up and read it, whatever age you are. Also, it is a very fast read.

posted by DeDeFlowers on June 5, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2005

    A Book Better Than the Movie

    The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, receives four out of five stars from me. This book receives four out of five stars from me because it is a wonderful children¿s classic that has survived for a very long time. It broadens the imaginations and extents the mind of its readers. I take away the fourth star because in the book, the tin man chops off the animals¿ heads. I think this matter could be handles in a different, more mature way. This book (in all other ways) is very child friendly and does not talk about blood and gore as other books would. The child¿s imagination will run wild with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Toto, and all of their friends as they venture down the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City to see the Wizard of Oz, the greatest wizard of all time. Will the strange group of friends receive their greatest desires? Or will they be sent home disappointed? I think this book is better than the movie because the movie leaves out some interesting but yet important parts. Like when the unfortunate group falls under the curse of the Poppy Field, the Queen of the Field Mice carries them to safety. She also helps them at many other parts of the adventure. This was a page turner for me and I would recommend it to all my friends.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

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    More PG-13 but an enjoyable read

    With the chopping heads off by the Tin Woodman and the winged monkeys ripping off the Scarecrow, I think this "children's classic" is PG-13. But seriously, I loved reading this book because the adventure never ends. Each chapter flows into each other. A great read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    The overall rating of this book I personally would give this boo

    The overall rating of this book I personally would give this book a great review because it gives clear understanding of courage,hope and drive when it comes to allowing childrens to develop skills. Personally, my family has grown up around this book and this book is age appropriate and is a very classic book to read to students. I have cherished this book for many of years and it will remain in my heart for years to come. Eventually I want my children to be able to develop and learn from this book just like I did. After seeing the movie I still feel like the book had a bigger impact on me personally because of the detailed that had been used. The author did a wonderful job portraying many things and allowed the reader to get attached to many characters throughout the book.This book is an overall classic book and I would highly reccommend this book to anyone of any age.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Fantastic!

    Wonderful, vivid and filled with strange creatures. Very different from any movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Great book

    Its a little young, but its a great book, with quite a large amount of humor. This version had a few typos and errors, but overall, it was very good. -The Homeschool Ballerina

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    cute

    this book is very cute and is nice for a summer break read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

    "'I am Oz the great and terrible' said the little man"

    Very charming book. I read this book over the summer just for fun and it is a very nice lite read. It is a very cute story and very simply writen.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    CLASSIC

    you can't beat the classics. Even when you know the story, and have seen Judy Garland dance down that famous yellow brick road a hundred times, the original author's book is always an delight and gives insight into things the silver screen can't convey. A great read for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2008

    It is a interesting, good book

    I am a very, very picky reader but this book is good what am i saying it is great, interesting, a hooking book this is the book. I am excited to read the rest of them . If you are not into talking animals and moving objects that would would naturally not move mabye this isn't the book for you. I loved it you should really try it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    A Classic

    L. Frank Baum's 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' is a great story that brings Oz to life! I read 'Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' by Gregory Maguire and just wanted to know more and more about Oz.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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