The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up (Oz Series #1)

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Robert Sabuda has created a resplendent pop-up version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original publication. This glorious edition is told in a shorter version of L. Frank Baum's original text, with artwork in the style of W. W. Denslow. With sparkling touches of colored foil and Emerald City eyeglasses, this classic tale is certain to find an honored place on the family bookshelf.
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Robert Sabuda has created a resplendent pop-up version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original publication. This glorious edition is told in a shorter version of L. Frank Baum's original text, with artwork in the style of W. W. Denslow. With sparkling touches of colored foil and Emerald City eyeglasses, this classic tale is certain to find an honored place on the family bookshelf.
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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, master paper engineer Robert Sabuda has created a pop-up book that's as magical as the classic, itself. From a twisting cyclone that spins up on the opening spread to the elaborate, glittering 3-D model of the Emerald City (which comes complete with a pair of green tinted glasses for the reader) to Dorothy's silver shoes that click together to take her home to Aunt Em, this remarkable book is filled with an array of special effects. Told in a shorter version of L. Frank Baum's original text, with artwork that's faithful to W. W. Denslow's original illustrations, this phenomenal edition will be treasured by readers of all ages.
Children's Literature
This stunning new look at the original W. W. Denslow illustrated classic should clear the MGM movie from minds that consider that as the only "real" one. Sabuda has had to cut much of the story for this pop-up celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the original publication, but the core of Baum's story and its memorable moments remain, along with the illustration style of the Denslow version. The real wizard here is the artist/engineer who has created seven complex, double-page scenes, along with many attached smaller ones in various-sized smaller books including their own pop-up surprises. A spinning cyclone starts the visual adventure, emerging from the corn fields to loom a foot high. The Emerald city is a baroque fantasy complete with green-tinted glasses for viewing. The Wicked Witch of the West's castle is a properly spooky home for the flying monkeys, while the witch herself melts satisfyingly away. We also see the poppy fields, the flight of the wizard's balloon, and of course, all the friends—the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion, as Dorothy and Toto find their way from the land of the Quadlings back to Aunt Em's arms. 2000, Little Simon/Simon & Schuster, $24.95. Ages 5 up. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-This showstopping pop-up book celebrates the 100th birthday of The Wizard of Oz in a spectacular fashion; from the twister that spins up dizzyingly on the opening spread to the final "And oh, Aunt Em! I'm so glad to be at home again!" clinch, the array of special effects will wow even blas "seen it all" readers. Not only is Sabuda a wizardly paper engineer, able to pull off a bursting ball of flame, a melting witch, and a balloon rocking gently in the breeze, but he also shows a magic touch with pictorial art, creating colored lino-cut figures that strongly recall those of W. W. Denslow. The large central effects open up like stage settings, and are flanked with accordion-folded insets that contain even more pop-ups, along with an abbreviated text closely based on the original. Nor does the razzle-dazzle stop there, as Dorothy's silver shoes, the yellow brick road, and even the Emerald City are coated with shimmering foil, and by donning the included pair of tinted spectacles, readers are treated to a hidden message on one page. Sabuda's homage to an enduring classic captures its timeless sense of wonder, distinctive characters, and the flavor of its melodrama brilliantly.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
People Magazine
Think Baum's classic couldn't get any more magical? This gorgeous 100th anniversary volume, complete with a tornado that spins, will prove you wrong.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689817519
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: Oz Series
  • Edition description: Pop-up Book
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 16
  • Sales rank: 96,837
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Robert Sabuda is one of the most innovative and inventive children's book creators and is known worldwide for his amazing pop-up paper engineering. His books include Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, The Winter's Tale, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, to name but afew, have garnered numerous awards and have made the New York Times bestseller lists on many occasions. He lives in New York City.


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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The cyclone had set the house down in a country of marvelous beauty.

While Dorothy stood looking eagerly at the strange and beautiful sights, she noticed coming toward her a group of the queerest people she had ever seen. They were not as big as the grown folk she had always been used to; but neither were they very small. Three were men and one a woman, and all were oddly dressed.

The little old woman walked up to Dorothy and said in a sweet voice, "You are welcome, most noble sorceress, to the land of the Munchkins. We are so grateful to you for having killed the Wicked Witch of the East and for setting our people free from bondage."

Dorothy looked and gave a little cry of fright. There, indeed, just under the corner of the house, two feet were sticking out, shod in silver shoes with pointed toes. "But who was she?" asked Dorothy.

"She was the Wicked Witch of the East," answered the woman. "She has held all the Munchkins in bondage for many years."

"Who are the Munchkins?" inquired Dorothy.

"They are the people who live in this land of the East, where the Wicked Witch ruled. I am their friend. When they saw the Witch of the East was dead, the Munchkins sent a swift messenger to me. I am the Witch of the North."

"But I thought all witches were wicked," said the girl.

"Oh, no; that is a great mistake, for I am one myself. Those who dwelt in the East and West were, indeed, wicked witches; but now that you have killed one of them, there is but one Wicked Witch in all the Land of Oz -- the one who lives in the West."

"But," said Dorothy, "Aunt Em has told me that the witches were all dead. She is my aunt who lives in Kansas, where I come from."

"I do not know where Kansas is. In the civilized countries, I believe that there are no witches left; nor wizards. But, you see, the Land of Oz has never been civilized, for we are cut off from all the rest of the world. Therefore we still have witches and wizards amongst us."

"Who are the Wizards?" asked Dorothy.

"Oz himself is the Great Wizard," answered the Witch. "He is more powerful than all the rest of us. He lives in the City of Emeralds."

Dorothy was going to ask another question, but just then the Munchkins gave a loud shout and pointed to where the Wicked Witch had been lying. The feet of the dead Witch had disappeared entirely and nothing was left but the silver shoes.

"She was so old," explained the Witch of the North, "that she dried up quickly in the sun. But the silver shoes are yours. There is some charm connected with them."

"I am anxious to get back to my aunt and uncle, for I am sure they will worry about me. Can you help me find my way?"

The Munchkins and the Witch looked at one another and then shook their heads.

"The North is my home," said the old lady, "and at its edge is the great desert that surrounds this land of Oz. You must go to the City of Emeralds. Perhaps Oz will help you."

"Will you go with me?" pleaded the girl.

"No, I cannot do that," she replied. "But I will give you my kiss, and no one will dare injure a person who has been kissed by the Witch of the North." Where her lips touched the girl, they left a round, shining mark.

"The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick," said the Witch, "so you cannot miss it." The Witch gave Dorothy a friendly little nod, whirled on her heel, and disappeared.

"Come along, Toto," Dorothy said, "we will go to the Emerald City and ask the great Oz how to get back to Kansas again."

There were several roads nearby, but it did not take her long to find the one paved with yellow brick. She was surprised, as she walked along, to see how pretty the country was about her. There were neat fences at the sides of the road, painted a dainty blue color. The houses were odd-looking dwellings, for each was round, with a big dome for a roof. All were painted blue, for in this country of the East, blue was the favorite color.

When she had gone several miles, she thought she would stop to rest. Not far away she saw a Scarecrow, placed high on a pole to keep the birds from the ripe corn. While Dorothy was looking into the painted face of the Scarecrow, she was surprised to see one of the eyes slowly wink at her.

"I'm not feeling well," said the Scarecrow, "for it is very tedious being perched up here night and day to scare away crows."

"Can't you get down?" asked Dorothy.

"No, for this pole is stuck up my back. If you will please take away the pole, I shall be greatly obliged to you."

Dorothy reached up both arms and lifted the figure off the pole.

"Thank you very much," said the Scarecrow. "I feel like a new man."

"My name is Dorothy," said the girl, "and I am going to the Emerald City to ask the great Oz to send me back to Kansas."

"Do you think if I go to the Emerald City with you that the great Oz would give me some brains?"

"I cannot tell," she returned. "But you may come with me if you like."

"This must be the Land of Oz," said Dorothy, "and we are surely getting near the Emerald City." They soon saw a beautiful green glow in the sky just before them. Yet it was afternoon before they came to the great wall that surrounded the City.

In front of them was a big gate. They all passed through and before them stood a little man clothed all in green.

"What do you wish in the Emerald City?" he asked.

"We came here to see the Great Oz," said Dorothy.

"It has been many years since anyone asked me to see Oz," he said, shaking his head.

"But it is not a foolish errand," replied the Scarecrow. "We have been told that Oz is a good Wizard."

"So he is," said the man. "I am the Guardian of the Gates, and since you demand to see the Great Oz, I must take you to his palace. But first you must put on the spectacles. If you did not wear spectacles, the brightness and glory of the Emerald City would blind you."

The Guardian of the Gates led them through the streets until they came to the Palace of Oz. They passed through the Palace gates.

First they came to a great hall. As Dorothy entered, a bell rang. She opened a little door and found herself in a wonderful place.

What interested Dorothy most was the big throne in the middle of the room. In the center of the chair was an enormous Head, without body to support it.

"I am Oz, the Great and Terrible. Who are you, and why do you seek me?"

"I am Dorothy, the Small and Meek. I have come to you for help."

Then the voice said, "Where did you get the silver shoes?"

"I got them from the Wicked Witch of the East, when my house fell on her."

Then Oz asked, "What do you wish me to do?"

"Send me back to Kansas, where my Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are," she answered earnestly. "What must I do?"

"Kill the Wicked Witch of the West," answered Oz.

"But I cannot!" exclaimed Dorothy. "I never killed anything willingly, how could I kill the Wicked Witch?"

"I do not know, and do not ask to see me again until you have done your task."

Sorrowfully Dorothy left the Throne Room and went back to where the Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Woodman were waiting.

"There is no hope for me," she said sadly. Her friends were sorry, but could do nothing to help her.

The Scarecrow was admitted to the Throne Room where he saw, sitting in the throne, a lovely lady.

"I am Oz, the Great and Terrible. Who are you, and why do you seek me?"

"I am only a Scarecrow. I come to you praying that you will put brains in my head instead of straw."

"If you will kill for me the Wicked Witch of the West, I will bestow upon you such good brains that you will be the wisest man in Oz. Until she is dead, I will not grant your wish."

The Scarecrow went sorrowfully back to his friends.

When the Tin Woodman entered the great Throne Room, Oz had taken the shape of a great Beast.

"I am Oz, the Great and Terrible," spake the Beast, in a voice that was one great roar. "Who are you, and why do you seek me?"

"I am a Woodman, and made of tin. I pray you to give me a heart that I may be as other men are."

"Help Dorothy to kill the Wicked Witch of the West," replied the Beast.

So the Tin Woodman was forced to return to his friends.

The Lion at once passed through the door and saw that before the throne was a Ball of Fire, so fierce and glowing, he could scarcely bear to gaze upon it.

Then a low, quiet voice came from the Ball of Fire: "I am Oz, the Great and Terrible. Who are you, and why do you seek me?"

And the Lion answered, "I am a Cowardly Lion, afraid of everything. I come to you to beg that you give me courage."

"Bring me proof that the Wicked Witch is dead, and that moment I will give you courage."

The Lion was glad to find his friends waiting for him.

"What shall we do?" asked Dorothy, sadly.

"There is only one thing we can do," returned the Lion, "and that is to seek out the Wicked Witch and destroy her."

"I suppose we must try it, but I am sure I do not want to kill anybody, even to see Aunt Em again."

Therefore it was decided to start upon their journey the next morning. They went to bed early and slept soundly until daylight.

The Guardian of the Gates politely opened the gate for our friends.

"Which road leads to the Wicked Witch of the West?" asked Dorothy.

"There is no road," answered the Guardian. "No one ever wishes to go that way."

They bade him good-bye and turned toward the West.

The four travelers walked up to the great gate of the Emerald City. When the people heard they had melted the Wicked Witch of the West, they all gathered around and followed the travelers to the Palace of Oz.

They thought the Great Wizard would send for them at once, but he did not. The waiting was tiresome and wearing.

Promptly at nine o'clock the next morning, they all went into the Throne Room of the Great Oz. Presently they heard a Voice, and it said, solemnly, "I am Oz, the Great and Terrible. Why do you seek me?"

"We have come to claim our promise, O Oz."

"What promise?" asked Oz.

"You promised to send me back to Kansas when the Wicked Witch was destroyed," said the girl.

"Is the Wicked Witch really destroyed?" asked the Voice, and Dorothy thought it trembled a little.

"Yes," she answered.

"Dear me," said the Voice. "How sudden! Well, come to me tomorrow, for I must have time to think it over."

"You've had plenty of time already," said the Tin Woodman, angrily.

"You must keep your promises to us!" exclaimed Dorothy.

The Lion gave a large, loud roar, which was so fierce that Toto jumped in alarm and tipped over the screen that stood in a corner. As it fell with a crash, they saw, standing in just the spot the screen had hidden, a little old man. The Tin Woodman rushed toward the little man and cried out, "Who are you?"

"I am Oz, the Great and Terrible," said the little man, in a trembling voice. "I'm just a common man."

"You're more than that," said the Scarecrow, in a grieved tone. "You're a humbug."

"But I don't understand," said Dorothy, in bewilderment. "How was it that you appeared to me as a great head?"

"That was one of my tricks," answered Oz. "Sit down, please, and I will tell you my story. I was born in Omaha -- "

"Why, that isn't very far from Kansas!" cried Dorothy.

"I became a balloonist, a man who goes up in a balloon on circus day. One day I went up in a balloon and the ropes got twisted, so that I couldn't come down again. It went way above the clouds, many, many miles away. I awoke and found the balloon floating over a beautiful country, in the midst of a strange people who thought I was a great Wizard."

"I think you are a very bad man," said Dorothy.

"Oh, no, my dear, I'm a very good man, but I'm a very bad Wizard. The Witches of the East and West were terribly wicked, and had they not thought I was more powerful than they themselves, they would surely have destroyed me. So you can imagine how pleased I was when I heard your house had fallen on the Wicked Witch of the East. When you came to me I was willing to promise anything if you would only do away with the other Witch. But now that you have melted her, I am ashamed to say that I cannot keep my promises."

"Can't you give me brains?" asked the Scarecrow.

"You don't need them. You are learning something every day. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge."

"That may be true," said the Scarecrow, "but I shall be very unhappy unless you give me brains."

"But how about my courage?" asked the Lion, anxiously.

"You have plenty of courage, I am sure," answered Oz. "All you need is confidence in yourself."

"Perhaps I have, but I'm scared just the same," said the Lion. "I shall be very unhappy unless you give me the sort of courage that makes one forget he is afraid."

"How about my heart?" asked the Tin Woodman.

"Why, as for that," answered Oz, "I think you are wrong to want a heart. It makes most people unhappy."

"That must be a matter of opinion," said the Tin Woodman. "For my part, I will bear all the unhappiness without a murmur, if you will give me a heart."

"And now," said Dorothy, "how am I to get back to Kansas?"

"Very well," answered Oz, meekly. "Come back tomorrow."

Next morning the Scarecrow went in and found the little man sitting by the window.

"I have come for my brains," remarked the Scarecrow, a little uneasily. "You are quite welcome to take my head off, as long as it will be a better one when you put it on again."

So the Wizard unfastened his head and emptied out the straw. Then he took a great measure of bran and filled the Scarecrow's head. When he fastened the Scarecrow's head on his body again, he said to him, "Hereafter you will be a new man, for I have given you a lot of bran-new brains."

The Woodman entered and said, "I have come for my heart."

So the Wizard cut a small, square hole in the left side of the Tin Woodman's breast. Then, going to a chest of drawers, he took out a pretty heart, made entirely of silk and stuffed with sawdust. He put the heart in the Woodman's breast and replaced the square of tin.

"There," said he. "Now you have a heart that any man might be proud of."

The Lion now walked to the Throne Room and knocked at the door. "I have come for my courage."

"Very well," answered the little man. He went to a cupboard and took down a green bottle, the contents of which he poured into a dish.


"What is it?" asked the Lion.

"Well," answered Oz, "if it were inside of you, it would be courage. Courage is always inside one, so that this really cannot be called courage until you have swallowed it."

The Lion drank till the dish was empty.

"How do you feel now?" asked Oz.

"Full of courage," replied the Lion, who went joyfully back to his friends to tell them of his good fortune.

Thus each of the little party was satisfied except Dorothy, who longed more than ever to get back to Kansas.

To her joy Oz sent for her, and when she entered the Throne Room, he said, "I think I have found the way to get you out of this country."

"How?" asked Dorothy.

"In a balloon," said Oz.

It took three days to sew together a big bag of green silk more than twenty feet long.

Oz ordered the balloon carried out in front of the Palace. The Tin Woodman had chopped a big pile of wood. He made a fire of it, and Oz held the bottom of the balloon over the fire so the hot air that arose from it would be caught in the silken bag. Gradually the balloon swelled out and rose into the air, until finally the basket just touched the ground.

Then Oz got into the basket and said to all the people: "I am now going away to make a visit. While I am gone, the Scarecrow will rule. Obey him as you would me."

The balloon was by this time tugging hard at the rope that held it to the ground.

"Come, Dorothy!" cried the Wizard. "Hurry up, or the balloon will fly away."

"I can't find Toto anywhere," replied Dorothy. Toto had run into the crowd. Dorothy at last found him and ran toward the balloon.

Oz was holding out his hands to help her into the basket, when, crack! went the ropes, and the balloon rose into the air without her.

"Come back!" she screamed.

"I can't come back, my dear," called Oz. "Good-bye!"

And that was the last any of them ever saw of Oz.

Dorothy wept bitterly at the passing of her hope to get home to Kansas again.

"I don't want to live here," cried Dorothy.

"Well, then, what can be done?" enquired the Woodman.

"Is there no one who can help me?" asked Dorothy.

"Glinda, the Witch of the South. She is the most powerful of all the Witches and rules over the Quadlings. Her castle stands on the edge of the desert, so she may know a way to cross it."

The Scarecrow said, "It seems that the best thing Dorothy can do is to travel to the Land of the South and ask Glinda to help her."

"I shall go," declared the Lion. "Dorothy will need someone to protect her."

"That is true," agreed the Woodman. "I also will go with her to the Land of the South."

"When shall we start?" asked the Scarecrow.

"Are you going?" they asked, in surprise.

"Certainly. If it wasn't for Dorothy I should never have had brains. My good luck is due to her, and I shall never leave her until she starts back to Kansas for good and all."...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    Allegory Makes for a Good Story

    I have always loved the Wizard of Oz, it was probably the first live action film I ever saw and has greatly affected my life, fostering my love of musicals into something more than Disney ever could. I thought it was the greatest thing ever. Then I read the book when I was seven, I had just discovered it in my Grandfather's attic, and I decided that the book was by far superior. The story was longer, there was backstory, and it didn't have the weak, 'It was all a dream' ending, which I had always found disappointing. My love of the book was reaffirmed last year in my U. S. History class when the allegory of the novel was discussed in a featured essay, relating it to the argument between the gold and silver standard of the late 1800s. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially children with imaginations that need space to grow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2004

    Bringing Back a Childhood Classic

    Since I was a child, my favorite movie has always been The Wizard of Oz. I can remember having the entire collection of plastic Oz characters, a Wizard of Oz lunch box, sleeping bag, and of course the famous back pack. I dressed up as Dorothy at least twice for Halloween and forced my dog along the way acting as Toto. But something I had never realized was that I never read the book. Recently comming across the opportunity to do so, I find the book just as amazing as the movie--if not better. Although I couldn't seem to get the image of Judy Garland out of my mind, I found that Dorothy is more adventureous than ever in Baum's novel. By reading The Wizard of Oz readers find out that the Land of Oz is even more fantastic than portrayed in the film version. Dorothy and company befriend a Queen of Mice, a China Princess, and even the King of the Flying Monkeys. Reading Baum's novel made me realize the wonders of being a child and visioning the fantastic voyage of Dorothy; however, the novel also made me realize that The Wizard of Oz is not only for children, but for adults as well. Reading this novel gives adults a chace to escape from the chaos of everyday life and enter a world full of wonder and excitement (not to mention the chance to revisit childhood). Baum's novel reminds us the of meaning of friendship, courage, love, and most of all that 'there is no place like home.' I recommend readers of all ages to revisit this timeless classic and enter into the Wonderful World of Oz.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    I have seen the original movie, the Sci-fi channel sequel and the 80's anime cartoons but never actually read the book. After reading Wicked, Son of a witch and a Lion among men I wanted to read a little more about the original work that these stories were based on. I took my time in purchasing the right copy for me because there are many version of this story and I wanted to get the closest thing to the original. I was so pleased when I found this version and when I sat home and read it I was even more pleased to find that for a "child's" book it was actually gripping. The illustrations are also wonderfully done and they help to visualize the story very effectively.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2001

    We're Off to Read the Wizard!

    Can you imagine that during World War II, two Australian brigades in North Africa actually marched into battle singing, 'We're off to see the Wizard/The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'? This just goes to show the appeal The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has, not only to children, but also to those special adults young in spirit. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a fantasy written by L. Frank Baum. It tells the story of Dorothy, a young farm girl from Kansas who is carried away by a cyclone to a strange land called Oz. In order to return home, she must travel to its capital, Emerald City, and ask the assistance of the Wizard of Oz. On her journey along the Yellow Brick Road, she meets three companions, a tin woodman, a talking scarecrow, and a cowardly lion with whom she has a series of adventures. Each has their own quest and individual wishes to fulfill. Upon reaching the Emerald City, Oz promises to fulfill their wishes if one of them first kills the Wicked Witch of the West. In my opinion, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz teaches, in a most entertaining way, a valuable lesson to all its readers - look no further for happiness than within yourself. Obviously, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a book worth reading. In addition to its entertainment value, it also inspires its readers to be happy with what they already possess. The characters in the story, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion desperately desired things that they thought would make them happy, when in reality, they already possessed those things. True happiness has to come from within and the search for happiness should always begin there. This a valuable lesson for us all.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    Awesome book!!

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is an exciting fantasy book. At some times it left me on the edge of my seat. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is mostly about the obstacles Dorothy endures to get back to Kansas to see her Aunt Em. I think the reason L. Frank Baum wrote this book was to show that Dorothy would do anything to see the people she loves. Things happen for a purpose, and if they didn¿t, you could miss out on a journey of a lifetime. In this riveting book there are various settings. In the beginning of the book Dorothy is in Kansas, living with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. When L. Frank Baum describes it, Kansas seems like a very dry and boring place to live. That lead me to think Dorothy really loves her Aunt and Uncle, because she doesn¿t care where she lived, as long as she¿s with them. After a terrible tornado that sends their house spinning in the air, Dorothy was in Munchkin Land. She meet three small munchkins. The good witch of Munchkin Land tells her the Great Oz of Emerald City may be able to help her get back to wherever she¿s from. Dorothy makes her way down the yellow brick road. Surprisingly, a scarecrow talks to her. Dorothy invites him to go on the journey with her and her little dog, Toto. The scarecrow is in search of brains, and thinks that without brains he is miniscule in his society and only exists to scare pesky crows. As Dorothy, Toto and scarecrow continue down the road they see a rusty Tin Man holding an ax in midair as if frozen. After some mumbling, Dorothy grabs an oil can and lubricates it¿s limbs until it can move again. The Tin Man says he would like a heart because he is made of tin. As they carry on with their pursuit to see the Wizard of Oz, a monstrous lion tries to hurt little Toto. This is because he is a coward and scares innocent creatures to make himself look tough. The lion is in search of bravery. Dorothy then invites him to go with them to the land of Oz. All of them in need of something from the Great Oz, they start their journey. They undergo many obstacles on their journey to the great and wonderful Oz, but somehow got through by using the materials they have. `¿How shall we cross the river?¿ asked Dorothy. ¿That is easily done,¿ replied the Scarecrow. ¿The Tin Woodman must build us a raft, so we can float to the other side.¿¿ This shows each of the characters has something special in their group that will help them get through rough patches. Each of the characters pitch in. I think the description of the settings were very helpful when I was trying to create a mental picture of the scenario. ¿To their great joy the trees became thinner the further they advanced, and in the afternoon they suddenly came upon a broad river, flowing swiftly just before them. On the other side of the water they could see the road of yellow brick running through a beautiful country, with green meadows dotted with bright flowers and all the road bordered with trees hanging full of delicious fruits.¿ The paragraph above just demonstrated the sort of details of setting, which is scattered throughout the book. When Dorothy, scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and little Toto get the The Emerald City of Oz, they each have to go in on different days. Although Oz tells them all the same thing. What is it? Well you¿re going to have to read the book to find out! I think that the book was very violent, more violent than I was expecting. For example: there were a lot of beheadings due to the Tin Man. That¿s sending a message to children that to solve problems, they can hurt things and the problem is problem. Children don¿t realize there are consequences to their actions. Although I don¿t like comparing books to movies, the movie is so much different from the book. The movie just has the story outline but not the juicy and exciting parts. There was so much more in the book than the movie. I was so glad I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz because I never had known what actually ha

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013


    It was super short and i thought it was the whole book it has 18 pages dont by it its cheap because theres nothing to really read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Awesome must read !!

    Good book Its way better than the movie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Wonderful, Amazing

    This book is awesome and a good classic for kids

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The story is a classic and touching especially the scene with the wizard about how we are all amazing as long as we believe in ourselves its a book you'll want your children to read and pass down to there children. Though the story is over 100 years old it hasn't aged at all. Great for rainy days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

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    The book is a classic children story and a fascination to read, especially because of all the discrepancies from the classic Judy Garland movie.

    L. Frank Baum's classic tale is 100 years old. I had the pleasure of reading the original version.

    Just like in the classic movie, Dorothy is blown to Oz by a tornado from with the farmhouse where she lived in Kansas with her aunt and uncle. The house lands in Munchkiland and kills the Wicked Witch of the West.

    After realizing what has happened, Dorothy is met by the good with of the north who tells her that Dorothy should go to Emerald City to ask the great wizard to send her back to Kansas. Dorothy likes the SILVER shoes that the Wicked Witch of the West was wearing and she starts wearing them. For her safety, the good witch of the north gives Dorothy a kiss which marks her for protection.

    Dorothy starts following the yellow brick road and meets the scarecrow. After putting him down from the stick he was placed, the scarecrow befriends Dorothy and decides to accompany her to Emerald City to see if he can get a brain.

    Later they meet the Tin Man who was corroded while trying to cut a tree. After oiling him back, the Tin man tells Dorothy of his predicament. He was originally human but kept losing body parts which were replaced by tin. Finally he lost his chest and he was not able to get a heart in the replacement so he stopped loving. he wishes to accompany them to see if he can get his heart back.

    Next the meet the lion, who is looking for courage. He also joins the group.

    When they are in the poppy fields, Dorothy and Toto are carried by the Tin Man and the Scarecrow to safety, but the Lions falls asleep. They think they have lost him, until Dorothy rescues the Queen of the rats, who commands an army of rats to pull the lion from the poppy field in a cart that Tin Man makes, while Tin Man and Scarecrow push from behind.

    As they get to Oz, they are admitted to the city and made to wear green goggles.

    Oz grants each one of the a separate audition and presents himself in different shapes to all four but asking the same thing from each--in order to grant their wish they must kill the wicked with of the west.

    They set west for the adventure. The wicked witch of the West has only one eye, but can see everything in her land. When she sees the silver shoes she wants to kill all but Dorothy to get the shoes.

    She first send a pack of wolves to do the job, but the tin man kills them all with his ax. The she send a pack of crows to get them, but the Scarecrow scares them and one by one dismember them.

    After she sends her killer bees, but they hide Dorothy and the Tin Man takes on all the bees which die as they sting him.

    Then she send the Winkies, her slaves, and the Lion this time is the hero by roaring so loud that they all run away.

    Finally the witch gets her Golden Cap which had one more wish to ask from the flying monkeys. They capture all the gang, but the witch is scared of Dorothy because of the good witch's kiss and the shoes.

    The wicked witch tricks Dorothy to lose a shoe, but Dorothy gets mad and throws a pot with the dinner at the witch. The water in the pot melts the witch.

    I will say no more, but the book is so different from the book that it takes almost as long to finish the story, where each character finds where they want to live in Oz and Dorothy returns to Kansas.

    The book is a classic children story and a fascination to read, especially because of all the discrepancies from the classic Judy Garland movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2015


    THEY MADE THE BOOK! I HAVE SEEN THE MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    How could you heartless fans?

    This is the ORIGINAL made for children!!!!Yeah you watched the movie but THIS IS THE ORIGINAL STORY!!!I rate it 5 STARS!!!&star &star &star &star &starREALLY WORTH IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Wonderful Wizard of OZ

    Buy this TODAY!!!!!! Best book ever!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014


    I LOVE this book the only thing i dont like is that dorothy has siver shoes and they dont capture the lion in the movie spolor alurt she dosent meet glenda till the end of the story oh and glenda doesnt have her pink bubble and her pink dress

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Outstanding Book!

    This book is so amazing! I've had other Robert Sabuda books, but this is definitely the favorite. Anyone who enjoys the Wizard of Oz will love all the special effects he is able to achieve!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    This book is AMAZING!!

    I love this story and my son loves pop up books. This is the most incredible pop up booki have seen yet. The first page as you open it the tornado spins. It tells the entire story with side panels that have pop ups also. The art work is great and each page will keep your kids and yourself totally wrapped up in the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Plz answer if you can

    What happened to the beautiful pictures? I have read this book before from my elementary school's library and it had wonderful pictures in it that I loved to look at. (And yes, I know this is the same book.)

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    REVIEWED: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz WRITTEN BY: L. Frank Baum P

    REVIEWED: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
    WRITTEN BY: L. Frank Baum
    PUBLISHED: May, 1900

    There really isn’t much more to say than has already been offered a thousand time over. This book is a timeless classic. I just read it to my son and can confirm that the story is touching for all ages. He’s five, I’m thirty-seven, and we enjoyed it together. My parents love it, grandparents love it, etc. There are not a lot of fiction works that are appealing to so wide an audience. If you don’t know the basic story, according to the movie at least, your childhood was a sham. The book includes additional passages and adventures which were left out of the MGM film; it’s also darker and more violent than the movie... and lacks the songs.

    Five out of Five stars

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