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Adventures in Oz
     

Adventures in Oz

by Eric Shanower
 

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In the marvelous Land of Oz, magic is always around the next corner. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and their many Oz friends can't stop plunging into one adventure after another. Come journey over the rainbow to help save Oz from the Wicked Witch of the South, to ride an enchanted whirlpool that leads to a hidden island, to explore the spooky Great Gray Gillikin Swamp, to

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In the marvelous Land of Oz, magic is always around the next corner. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and their many Oz friends can't stop plunging into one adventure after another. Come journey over the rainbow to help save Oz from the Wicked Witch of the South, to ride an enchanted whirlpool that leads to a hidden island, to explore the spooky Great Gray Gillikin Swamp, to prevent a war between dragons and wood-nymphs, and to soar in an emerald unicorn to the frozen land of the mysterious Ice King.

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VOYA - Kathy Starks
Readers who remember watching The Wizard of Oz for the first time, when Judy Garland as Dorothy opened the door of her black-and-white house to the strange, magical, and extraordinarily colorful vision of Munchkinland, will find that opening Shanower's collection of five new stories about Oz is much like that experience. His comic-book illustrations are saturated in color and detail, whisking the reader into this vividly imagined world. The characters are familiar to those who have read and loved L. Frank Baum's stories or grown up on the famous movie, and Shanower maintains a comforting consistency throughout the stories while adding fascinating and vivid new characters and settings. In The Enchanted Apples of Oz, the sorceress Valynn protects an apple tree that holds the magic that exists in Oz. An entire world lives inside a water spout in The Secret Island of Oz. The Ice King of Oz features the strange people who live in an ice country, and introduces the enchanted Flicker the Candle-Maker. Very little of The Forgotten Forests of Oz actually takes place in Emerald City-the story takes place in the Forest of Burzee and the Troll King's Volcano, with such diverse characters as the exiled fairy Nelanthe, the fearsome and cunning Troll King, and the giant bat Nightshade. The concluding story, The Blue Witch of Oz, is less lighthearted and more emotional, with missing husbands and children and no resolution to their loss. Dorothy plays a crucial role in each story, whether as observer or heroine, and Ozma uses her wisdom and magical powers to resolve much of the conflict. Readers of graphic format literature will thrill to the vibrant and effective illustrations throughout each story,while the imaginative but easily accessible story lines will appeal to the adventurer in each reader.
Library Journal
Shanower wrote his first Oz story at age 11 and became a cartoonist partly to create his own Oz books-and voil : a fine anthology of stories originally published separately. "The Enchanted Apples of Oz" follows Dorothy and the Scarecrow as they stumble across a threat to the source of Oz's magic. In "The Secret Island of Oz," inventive magical places and creatures complicate Dorothy's quest for a special fish for the Emerald City pond. The chilly monarch of "The Ice King of Oz" yearns for the lovely warmth of Oz's heroines, which nearly leads to disaster. "The Forgotten Forest of Oz" tells of a wood nymph banished from Burzee, only to become Queen of the Trolls. All the stories work as standard Oz adventure plots and more deeply as emotional journeys of yearning, loss, and healing. Child readers will recall the neighbor kid who moved away, teens the unrequited crush, and adults the friendship breached by misunderstanding. The charming, colorful art gets even better as the stories progress. Highly recommended for ages 10+.-M.C. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

Gr 5–7
Most children know the story of the Wizard of Oz but they might not be familiar with the land after Dorothy's first adventure. Here, Dorothy returns to the Emerald City to live with the new queen, Ozma. Oz is fully imagined in graphic form, and each page is filled with color and light. The book features five stories. Dorothy must protect an apple tree or Oz will lose its magic, she journeys to a secret island in search of a rare fish, the Ice King steals Ozma off the throne, a young nymph is banished from the Forbidden Forest and forced to marry a troll, and Dorothy sets out to break an age-old enchantment. The stories feature many of Baum's familiar characters but it is the paintings that really capture the true spirit of Oz. While some children may protest a blond Dorothy, Shanower's renderings are so magical that readers will soon forget about braids and gingham dresses. Leaves appear to rustle; Ozma's silk robes seem to shine. The oversize format shows off the rich detail. This volume belongs right beside Baum's Wizard of Oz .
—Sadie MattoxCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933239613
Publisher:
IDW Publishing
Publication date:
08/16/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Shanower is the Eisner Award-winning and New York Times best selling cartoonist of Age of Bronze, a graphic novel retelling of the Trojan War. Age of Bronze is a work in progress. Four volumes have been published and the story is more than one-third complete. When finished, Age of Bronze will tell the entire story of the legendary war at Troy, weaving into one the many tellings and permutations of the story throughout the centuries. Shanower is the writer of the comic series Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland with art by Gabriel Rodriguez. This series resurrects Winsor McCay's classic comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland for a modern audience. 

Shanower's illustrations have appeared in magazines, in childrens books, and on television. His comics have been published around the world and include such works as his Oz graphic novel series (currently collected as Adventures in Oz), An Accidental Death with writer Ed Brubaker, The Elsewhere Prince with writers Moebius and R-JM Lofficier, and the introductions to Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor. He resides in San Diego with his partner. When he's not writing or drawing, he's often swimming, dancing, or reading, usually not all at the same time.

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