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All-Action Classics No. 4: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
     

All-Action Classics No. 4: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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by L. Frank Baum, Ben Caldwell (Text by)
 
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has arrived, now in an exciting new, high-octane graphic novel rendition! Filled with kid-grabbing details, L. Frank Baum's classic fantasy looks fabulous in this vivid retelling. Thanks to the brilliant, action-packed color, the Yellow Brick Road has never seemed brighter, the Wicked Witch more evil, or the Land of Oz more magical.

Overview

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has arrived, now in an exciting new, high-octane graphic novel rendition! Filled with kid-grabbing details, L. Frank Baum's classic fantasy looks fabulous in this vivid retelling. Thanks to the brilliant, action-packed color, the Yellow Brick Road has never seemed brighter, the Wicked Witch more evil, or the Land of Oz more magical. It's ideal for every fan of the book, the much-loved movie, or the graphic novels. This is the freshest, hippest approach to classic literature yet.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Caldwell’s angular, dynamic artwork leans more toward Saturday-morning cartoons than romantic fantasy in the fourth comics adaptation in his All-Action Classics series. His Dorothy is gap-toothed and freckled; the black-eyed and troll-like Munchkins are truly alien; and the witches recall Disney villainesses like Snow White’s Queen or The Little Mermaid’s Ursula. (Caldwell’s Wicked Witch of the West even speaks with a Western twang: “You and yer little furry thing have back-breaking, bone-crunching work to do!”) Caldwell follows Baum’s original novel rather than the iconic film. The heroes are pursued by the Kalidah, “horrific beasts, with heads like tigers and bodies like bears,” and the famous path the four friends follow, as in the original, is called the “road of golden bricks.” The humor, though, is his own. “She enslaved and tormented us!” says one Munchkin about the Wicked Witch of the East. “She despoiled our lands!” says a second. “And cut library funding!” adds a third. Caldwell’s Wizard of Oz slots conveniently between Spongebob Squarepants and Adventure Time, and readers will fly through this story with the speed of winged monkeys. Ages 10–14. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"The text is brief and full of modern touches . . . Dialogue is snappy, with a liberal use of humor and wisecracks. The animationlike artwork is full of movement . . . There is a cinematic feel that will appeal to young readers . . .this updated classic should find a different, and more welcoming, reception from kids.” --School Library Journal
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—A contemporary update of a well-known tale. Dorothy is taken from her Kansas farm by a violent twister, ending up in the magical world of Oz. A hero for inadvertently squashing the Wicked Witch of the East, she sets out to meet the Wizard, who she hopes will help her find her way home. Along the way, she picks up a scarecrow without a brain, a tin woodsman lacking a heart, and a lion in need of courage. The group must contend with the Wicked Witch of the West in order to complete their journey, and for Dorothy to find her way home. The text is brief and full of modern touches not present in the source material. Dialogue is snappy, with a liberal use of humor and wisecracks. The animationlike artwork is full of movement and highly stylized, sometimes making it hard to decipher. There is a cinematic feel that will appeal to young readers. While devoted fans of the original might cry heresy, this updated classic should find a different, and more welcoming, reception from kids.—Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MI
Kirkus Reviews
This new version of an oft-adapted work brings little to the table. Like many classics, The Wizard of Oz has been repeatedly adapted into various graphic formats, among others. With the myriad choices available, each new iteration absolutely must offer something special in order to rise above its predecessors yet still honor its source. Unfortunately, this version has little excitement, falling flat in obvious places where the juxtaposition of narrative and illustration should shine. Dorothy's arrival in Oz, for instance, is the perfect moment to audaciously burst forth from the drab grays and earth tones of Kansas into a vivid explosion of color. Caldwell's adaptation misses this pivotal moment entirely, only mildly tweaking its dishwater palette. Many of the iconic conventions that define this well-loved story are also conspicuously absent: Dorothy's pigtails, for example, are now long, lank blonde locks held back with a kerchief, more closely resembling Disney's cartoon Alice (of Wonderland fame) than the more familiar likenesses of Dorothy in the original and film versions. With so much imagination behind it, Baum's work should easily lend itself to this format; however, this take is sadly bland, lacking the visual fireworks that should be there in concert with Munchkins, flying monkeys and enchanted shoes. Regrettably mediocre. (Graphic classic. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402731532
Publisher:
Sterling Children's Books
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
All-Action Classics Series , #4
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) is one of the preeminent figures in the history of American children's fiction and authored nearly 60 works for children by the end of his career. He is most famous for his creation of the delightful, magical, and not just a little bit frightening land of Oz and the 14 bestselling books about it, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) to Glinda of Oz (1920).

Former Marvel comic artist Ben Caldwell's cartooning books have helped establish him as a force in the wide world of comics and graphic novels. Ben is a big name in the comics and cartooning world, appearing at Comic-Con conventions and gathering a large fan base. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and twin daughters.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 15, 1856
Date of Death:
May 6, 1919
Place of Birth:
Chittenango, New York
Place of Death:
Hollywood, California
Education:
Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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All-Action Classics No. 4: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sandy5 8 months ago
What a unique adaption of the Wizard of Oz and I have to say, that this graphic novel moves quickly. I thought that the frames were easy to follow and I liked the bright and bold colors that were used in the illustrations. I was disappointed that some of the classic features of the novel were left out but the author added some his own adaptions that I think younger children will enjoy. I found a few illustrations hard to decipher, the chaos inside them overlapping and the features hard to distinguish from one another, I decided that bedlam was taking place and I moved on to the next frame. Some of the characters had some interesting characteristics to make them stand out while other characters I wasn’t too fond of. This mix of characters created a fun and entertaining read. The graphic novel opened up just like the classic novel that we all love with Dorothy and her beloved dog touching down in the Land of Oz. Finding out that she has just killed the Wicked Witch of the East, the munchkins inform her just how wicked the witch was including how the witch had cut the library funding. Dorothy doesn’t immediately find herself in the ruby slippers in this adaption, the munchkins tell Dorothy that she can remove the magical slippers from the witch and she then become the new Witch from the East. Dorothy is not sure if she wants to be a witch but the shoes are rather tempting and after explaining to them that she wants to go back home to Kansas, she puts on the sparkling shoes. The munchkins explain to Dorothy her best option to get back to Kansas and send her and her dog on her way with the golden bricks under her feet, the picnic basket swinging from her arm and her dog running beside her. With new adaptions to this classic, I found that this novel would be entertaining to younger children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago