Adventures in Ozby Eric Shanower
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.
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.
- IDW Publishing
- Publication date:
- 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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