The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)by L. Frank Baum, John R Neill, W.W. Denslow
Oz, the Great Wizard! The very name of L. Frank Baum's magical character conjures a world where diminutive munchkins live and work, wicked witches run riot, and the mighty Oz himself rules over an Emerald City reached by a yellow brick road. The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels is your passport to this marvelous realm and wonders that have enchanted readers young and old for more than a century. Lavishly illustrated by W. W. Denslow and John R. Neill, this volume includes:
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- The Marvelous Land of Oz
- Ozma of Oz
- Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
- The Road to Oz
The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.
Meet the Author
- Date of Birth:
- May 15, 1856
- Date of Death:
- May 6, 1919
- Place of Birth:
- Chittenango, New York
- Place of Death:
- Hollywood, California
- Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School
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Beautiful book! Most pages are illustrated which adds so much to the stories. This is a great gift edition and highly recommended.
I am half way through this book and I absolutely love it! I went and bought all the books since I am really into the story. They are easy reads and definitely not boring I didn't realize there were 15 books! If you enjoyed the movie, you will love this a thousand times more!
I love this book!
The movie is no doubt a timeless classic, but if you want to get into the story(s) of Oz and it's lands, read the books, and do not skip the first (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz), even if you have seen the movie, because that book has many scenes that the movie does not have.Let's start from the beginning. These are comparable, to a certain extent, the the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, coming out at the beginning of the 20th century. There are 14 books (by L. Frank Baum) in all, and they are good reading, for both children and adults. You will not want to put these books down. Since these books, in a way, are now hard to find, this particular edition, containing the first five books, is a good start. This edition containing five books only came out in January, 2012. I hope there will be two more editions like this, the next containing books six through 10, and then another containing 11 through 14. They will definitely sell if they do.That being said, even if you have seen the movie, and who hasn't, start with the first book. Don't do skip over it, because it contains info, and adventures not covered in the movie, in which the killing of the wicked witch is only a small part. There are other situations and places, such as going to a place made of porcelain (along with the people) and learning about the four lands of Oz, being Munchkins, Quadlings, Winkies, and the Gillikans. Glinda is also the witch of the South, not North, and the image of Oz was different to all four characters (e.g. the head for Dorothy, a fairy for the Scarecrow). Of course, Dorothy returns home."The Marvelous Land of Oz" introduces new characters, a boy named Tip, the Pumpkinhead, the Woggle Bug, and the Wooden Saw Horse, trying to save Oz from a new witch, Mombi. Here, if you are a woman, especially a feminist, you would love it seeing an army of women take over Oz, with Glinda's army, also all women, battling them. The ending will shock you.In "Ozma of Oz," we see the Princess Ozma, after regaining her throne in Oz in the last book and Dorothy returns. We meet new characters such as the Wheelers, and Tik Tok, a robot like figure, and Billina, a talking hen, and a hungry tiger, but with a conscience. Ozma is summoned, and comes, with her army, to rescue a ruling family of the Kingdom of Ev, all turned into ornaments by the Nome King. Characters have to guess which ornaments are the family, and many get turned into ornaments themselves, but it all works out the the end. Dorothy is even made a princess of Oz, but returns home just the same.Dorothy returns again in "Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz," via earthquake in California, and finds herself in a foreign land under the Earth, with creatures made of vegetables, invisible people, and wooden gargoyles.In "The Road to Oz," Dorothy meets up with a shaggy man on her farm in Kansas, where she takes a walk, and finds herself on a circle of different roads. Turns out Ozma summoned her for her birthday party, but Dorothy encounters all sorts of creatures on the way to Oz.If you've seen the recent movie, "Oz the Great and Powerful," you will find that the origin of Oz covered in the movie is mentioned in the sequels, so the movie isn't that far off the track. Dorothy comes back to Oz for several adventures, and will probably come back for many more. I hope to read more stories beyond this book itself. However, do not imagine Dorothy here as the actress Judy Garland. Here, she is pictured as a little girl, with short blond hair.The beauty of this particular edition is that it includes all the original illustrations by W.W. Denslow and John R. Neill, that were included in the original editions upon their release back in the early 1900s.If you haven't read the Oz books, this is a good edition for you to start. Having being just released, I hope this very company (Fall River Press) releases the rest of the stories in this form.
Bad and good all mixed into one and a good time was and continueth to be had by all people that read this serious collection of fantastic fantasy book.
Ugliest cover I've ever seen; I hope they reissue it with nicer cover art. Not buying it until they do.