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Shanower, Eric 1999 Trade paperback New. (2-13) Trade Paperback is brand new in Near Mint condition Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 128 p. Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781929527007
  • Publisher: Hungry Tiger Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Oz Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

L. Frank Baum
Not only is L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz one of the most enduring and magical children’s books ever written, it’s also -- with its adventurousness and its lessons of resourcefulness, friendship, courage, and self-reliance -- one of the most American.


Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, Aunt Em -- where would our national psyche be without The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? L. Frank Baum, who created a story with an indelible, sometimes haunting impression on so many people, led a life that had a fairy-tale quality of its own.

Baum was born in 1856 to a family that had made a fortune in the oil business. Because he had a heart condition, his parents arranged for him to be tutored privately at the family’s Syracuse estate, “Roselawn.” As an adult, though, Baum flourished and failed at a dizzying variety of ventures, from writing plays to a stint with his family’s medicinal oil business (where he produced a potion called “Baum’s Castorine”), to managing a general store, to editing the Aberdeen Pioneer in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 1897, following his mother-in-law’s advice, Baum wrote down the stories that he told his children. The firm of Way & Williams published the stories under the title Mother Goose in Prose, with illustrations by Maxfield Parrish, and Baum’s career as a writer was launched.

With the publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, Baum gained instant success. The book, lavishly produced and featuring voluptuous illustrations by William Wallace Denslow, was the bestselling children’s book of the year. It also set a new standard for children’s literature. As a commentator for the September 8, 1900 New York Times described it, “The crudeness that was characteristic of the oldtime publications...would now be enough to cause the modern child to yell with rage and vigor...” The reviewer praised the book’s sheer entertainment value (its “bright and joyous atmosphere”) and likened it to The Story of the Three Bears for its enduring value. As the film industry emerged in the following years, few books were as manifestly destined for adaptation, and although it took almost four decades for a movie studio to translate Baum’s vision to film, the 1939 film did for the movies what Baum’s book had done for children’s literature: that is, raised the imaginative and technical bar higher than it had been before.

The loss of parents, the inevitable voyage toward independence, the yearning for home -- in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Baum touched upon a child’s primal experiences while providing a rousing story of adventure. As his health declined, Baum continued the series with 14 more Oz books (his publisher commissioned more by other authors after his death), but none had quite the effect on the reading public that the first one did. Baum died from complications of a stroke in 1919.

Good To Know

Baum founded the National Association of Window Trimmers and published a magazine for the window-trimming trade – he also raised exotic chickens.

Buam was married to Maud Gage, a daughter of the famous women’s rights advocate Matilda Joslyn Gage.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Floyd Akers, Laura Bancroft, George Brooks, Edith Van Dyne, Schuyler Staunton, John Estes Cooke, Suzanne Metcalf, Louis F. Baum, Lyman Frank Baum (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 15, 1856
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chittenango, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      May 6, 1919
    2. Place of Death:
      Hollywood, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Einhorn's Oz Faithful to Baum's

    Paradox in Oz, a holiday gift to my 6-year old daughter, was a wonderful surprise. I enjoyed reading it aloud as much as she enjoyed listening to it. Einhorn has captured the spirit of the original series in a way that I wouldn't have been able to fully appreciate if my daughter and I hadn't recently read our way through Baum's works. And Shanower's illustrations do a wonderful job of bringing the story to life. All in all, I think that anyone who enjoys the original Baum series, both children and adults, will be very pleased with this latest addition to the world of Oz.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Satisfying return to a Childhood favorite

    Yes, things have changed in Oz, and so have we, the reader. As a child I collected the hardcover versions of the Oz books, and Paradox in Oz will find a valued place among them. Adding complexity and depth to the story is part of the fun... and part of the experience for those of us who have never outgrown our Oz-y roots. The new characters are wonderful (the Parot-Ox particularly so), and the portrayals of all the classic characters are spot-on. Like all the original Oz books, I think kids would really enjoy it ... but adults will appreciate it more. The prose is enticing, the pictures are fantastic! If you pick up one as a gift for a favorite child, don't forget one fo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2000

    Smart Books are Good Books

    One of the joys of Paradox in Oz is that, unlike so many books that revisit childhood realms, this one doesn't embarrass you or make you feel 'dumbed down.' No, Einhorn's Oz is one that retains all the wonder and magic I remember while simultaneously finding a way to entrance and amaze my adult mind. The central conceit of the book, a time-travel paradox, is impeccably structured and cunningly revealed layer by layer so that everyone experiences the wonderful 'Aha!' moment when the solution (and the problem too!) finally become clear. Like any good fantasy, it interweaves wonder and drama in perfect proportion. Is it too dark? Of course not. Any child knows that a fantasy with no edge isn't captivating. Even Baum's Oz books had a sense of danger to them. Einhorn's book actually does a very fine job of capturing the walking-the-line quality of my favorite parts of Baum's tales. Shanower's illustrations add dimensions to this experience as well. I highly recommend this to any Oz fan, and especially those who haven't revisited that old friend, because Paradox in Oz shows us that the best memories don't have to remain simply in our childhood.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 1999

    Hyper-Crisis in Oz

    This book is a very mixed bag. As usual, the illustrations by Eric Shanower are absolutely gorgeous. But the story itself suffers from a typical 1990's sense of frustration and the contemporary idea that all leaders are either a)corrupt or b)completely in-effectual. If you liked Martin Gardner's mathematical approach in 'Visitors from Oz', you might like the time-travel paradox elements of this book. If you liked 'Wicked,' you'll probably like the dark sensibilities of the book. But if you don't like seeing a dark Oz, or a hero who tries to do the right thing but ends up causing all the problems, then you probably won't like this book. It is definitely *NOT* for children, which I learned the hard way after I gave a copy to my little brother. It comes as no surprise to learn that Edward Einhorn's favorite Shakespeare play is 'Richard III', a story of the twisted and currupt king, as he uses the same characterization for his 'King Oz.' 'Paradox in Oz' also introduces the concept of a multiverse to the Oz continuity. This can make for some entertaining intellectual excercises, but it reads like a poor rip-off of DC's 'Kingdom' series. It is a move that is greatly mistaken. The whole point of Oz is that it is a magical place and that, like a dream world, things are always different. Having to introduce parallel continuities to 'explain' differences, mixing magic with modern mathematical theories, and presenting the reader with dark and twisted incarnations of Oz, are all serious mistakes.

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