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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Oz Series #1)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Oz Series #1)

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by L. Frank Baum, W. W. Denslow (Illustrator), W. W. Denslow (Illustrator), Peter Glassman (Afterword)

Journey to the spectacular land of Oz with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! This classic tale from L. Frank Baum has enchanted readers for over a century. Now, in this stunning hundredth anniversary edition featuring the original illustrations by W.W. Denslow, new readers will learn the power of the phrase “There is no place like home.”

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Journey to the spectacular land of Oz with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! This classic tale from L. Frank Baum has enchanted readers for over a century. Now, in this stunning hundredth anniversary edition featuring the original illustrations by W.W. Denslow, new readers will learn the power of the phrase “There is no place like home.”

In this hardcover edition with high-quality reproductions of the original art, follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz.

Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powerful Wizard of Oz.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
A revelation. As rich in emotion as they are in detail.
Christian Science Monitor
A delightful volume illustrated with haunting but witty illustrations that provide a fresh, anti-Hollywood interpretation of the story.
Washington Post Book World
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
After a tornado transports her to the land of OZ, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas. This is a facsimile of the first edition including 24 original color plates and 130 two color illustrations. It is another story that parents can share from their childhood, and it is perfect for reading reading-aloud (a chapter a night).

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Oz Series , #1
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6.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
1030L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Chapter One

The Cyclone

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer's wife. Their house was small, for the lumber to build it had to be carried by wagon many miles. There are four walls, a floor and a roof, which made one room; and this room contained a rusty looking cooking stove, a cupboard for the dishes, a table, three or four chairs, and the beds. Uncle Henry and Aunt Em had a big bed in one corner, and Dorothy a little bed in another corner. There was no garret at all, and no cellar-except a small hole, dug in the ground, called a cyclone cellar, where the family could go in case one of those great whirlwinds arose, mighty enough to crush any building in its path. It was reached by a trap-door in the middle of the floor, from which a ladder led down into the small, dark hole.

When Dorothy stood in the doorway and looked around, she could see nothing but the great gray prairie on every side. Not a tree nor a house broke the broad sweep of flat country that reached the edge of the sky in all directions. The sun had baked the plowed land into a gray mass, with little cracks running through it. Even the grass was not green, for the sun had burned the tops of the long blades until they were the same gray color to be seen everywhere. Once the house had been painted, but the sun blistered the paint and the rains washed it away, and now the house was as dull and gray as everything else.

When Aunt Em came there to live she was a young, pretty wife. The sun and wind had changed her, too. They had taken the sparkle from her eyes and left them a sober gray; theyhad taken the red from her checks and lips, and they were gray also. She was thin and gaunt, and never smiled, now. When Dorothy, who was an orphan, first came to her, Aunt Em had been so startled by the child's laughter that she would scream and press her hand upon her heart whenever Dorothy's merry voice reached her ears; and she still looked at the little girl with wonder that she could find anything to laugh at.

Uncle Henry never laughed. He worked hard from morning till night and did not know what joy was. He was gray also, from his long beard to his rough boots, and he looked stern and solemn, and rarely spoke.

It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings. Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long, silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose. Toto played all day long, and Dorothy played with him, and loved him dearly.

Today, however, they were not playing. Uncle Henry sat upon the door-step and looked anxiously at the sky, which was even grayer than usual. Dorothy stood in the door with Toto in her arms, and looked at the sky too. Aunt Em was washing the dishes.

From the far north they heard a low wail of the wind, and Uncle Henry and Dorothy could see where the long grass bowed in waves before the coming storm. There now came a sharp whistling in the air from the south, and as they turned their eyes that way they saw ripples in the grass coming from that direction also.

Suddenly Uncle Henry stood up.

"There's a cyclone coming, Em," he called to his wife; " I'll go look after the stock." Then he ran toward the sheds where the cows and horses were kept.

Aunt Em dropped her work and came to the door. One glance told her of the danger close at hand.

Quick, Dorothy! " she screamed; "run for the cellar!

Toto jumped out of Dorothy's arms and hid under the bed, and the girl started to get him. Aunt Em, badly frightened, threw open the trap-door in the floor and climbed down the ladder into the small, dark hole. Dorothy caught Toto at last, and started to follow her aunt. When she was half way across the room there came a great shriek from the wind, and the house shook so hard that she lost her footing and sat down suddenly upon the floor.

A strange thing then happened.

The house whirled around two or three times and rose slowly through the air. Dorothy felt as if she were going up in a balloon.

The north and south winds met where the house stood, and made it the exact center of the cyclone. In the middle of a cyclone the air is generally still, but the great pressure of the wind on every side of the house raised it up higher and higher, until it was at the very top of the cyclone; and there it remained and was carried miles and miles ay as easily as you could carry a feather.

It was very dark, and the wind howled horribly around her, but Dorothy found she was riding quite easily. After the first few whirls around, and one other time when the house tipped badly, she felt as if she were being rocked gently, like a baby in a cradle.

Toto did not like it. He ran about the room, now here, barking loudly; but Dorothy sat quit still on the floor and waited to see what would happen.

Once Toto got too near the open trap-door, and fell in; first the little girl thought she had lost him. But saw one of his ears sticking up through the hole, for the strong pressure of the air was keeping him up so that he could not fall. She crept to the hole, caught Toto by the ear, and dragged him into the room again; afterward closing the trap-door so that no more accidents could happen.

Hour after hour passed away, and slowly Dorothy got over her fright; but she felt quite lonely, and the wind shrieked so loudly all about her that she nearly became deaf. At first she had wondered if she would be dashed pieces when the house fell again; but as the hours passed and nothing terrible happened, she stopped worrying and resolved to wait calmly and see what the future would bring. At last she crawled over the swaying floor to her bed, and lay down upon it; and Toto followed and lay down beside her.

In spite of the swaying of the house and the wailing of the wind, Dorothy soon closed her eyes and fell fast asleep.

Meet the Author

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 and received enormous, immediate success. Baum went on to write seventeen additional novels in the Oz series. Today, he is considered the father of the American fairy tale. His stories inspired the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, one of the most widely viewed movies of all time.

Michael Sieben is a professional designer and illustrator, primarily within the sub-culture of skateboarding, whose work has been exhibited and reviewed worldwide as well as featured in numerous illustration anthologies. He is a staff writer and illustrator for Thrasher magazine, and a weekly columnist for VICE.com. He is also a founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery and Collective in Austin, Texas, as well as the cofounder of Roger Skateboards. The author of There's Nothing Wrong with You (Hopefully), he lives and works in Austin.

W[illiam] W[allace] Denslow was born in Philadephia in 1856. Famous for his bold, colorful illustrations for many popular turn-of-the-century children's books, he is best remembered today as the original illustrator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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
Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Oz Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
WilV More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 solved....no 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
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
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.
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Since I recently saw the touring version of Wicked in Denver, I thought it would be an interesting idea to read the original work that it had re-imagined. I'd never read the book and had only seen the Judy Garland movie. The book was as different from the movie (e.g. no ruby slippers) as Wicked was from both the movie and the book. The book basically tracks the adventures of a girl whose house is picked up by a tornado and it and her are dropped on top of the Wicked Witch of the East in the Land of Oz. Along the way she meets a cast of strange characters on her quest to reach the Wizard of Oz in order to return home. Not as dark as I was expecting and the journey is broken down into short sub-plots. This makes it perfect for reading to your kids before bedtime. The story also has several lessons that can be taken from it such as don't doubt yourself, never give up and you already possess all of the abilities you need - just look inside. A cute and fun tale for children of all ages.
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grandma38 More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter is 10 and reads "everything", so I decided to start her on the Wizard of Oz series as I have read most of them and really enjoyed the books. They are a great way to get away to another place and use your imagination. I got her this one and book 2 of the series. They are very nice books, great cover art and illustrations that help fuel your imagination. I will purchase the rest of the books in this series for her and recommend them as gifts for anyone.
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slimikin More than 1 year ago
Perhaps because I was already familiar with the basic details of the story, I found the book rather tedious. There didn't seem to be much in the details of Oz or in the writing itself that was terribly unique or intriguing, and I found it very difficult to identify with and care about any of the characters. I felt most of the time as though I were reading the transcription of a video game, where certain objects must be located and certain obstacles overcome, but there seemed very little depth or difficulty to either. I can see the appeal for juvenile readers, but my reading this as an adult made for a rather less than impressive experience.
CULLENboy More than 1 year ago
MGM's 1939 The Wizard of Oz does NOT bring this book justice!!!! This is an amazing book, and L.Frank Baum should be extremely proud of it. The lesson that this book teaches you is a great lesson, and I reccomend this book to everyone!
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Emma_Victoria More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful 100th anniversary edition and great as a gift. The little girl that I gave it to and her Mom loved it! Very nice book.
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I have always treasured 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' in my heart. It was my favorite book growing up, and even though I'm eighteen years old, it still remains one of my favorites. Although I enjoyed plenty of stories growing up like 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and 'Peter Pan', nothing compared to this book. Although the movie was not that close or true to the book, I enjoyed it just as much. Children of all ages will love this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An ageless classic that will be enjoyed for years to come. A fairy tale that is beyond belief. Different from the movie, but just as enchanting!! A must read for any book lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is wonderful. Some of my favorite memories growing up are of my dad reading this story to me before I went to bed at night. I can't wait to start the same tradition with my children someday. The movie is great, but the book tells the whole story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Drama is wonderful, terrific, and beautiful beyond belief.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have seen the movie with Judy Garland (who hasn't?) then reading this wonderful novel will make the movie and story of Dorthy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion even clearer. If you have read it, then read it again!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would give a five star rating to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This book is divided up into 24 exciting chapters, with each one the story is built up to lead to the surprise ending. In the beginning of the book Dorothy and her dog Toto live in Kansas, but then one day they are swept away by a tornado and are alone still in their house. When they land they find themselves in a beautiful, lush land. In this land she meets the Witch of the North one of the four witches, and the munchkins that live there. Dorothy is very surprised to see that she has landed on top of the wicked Witch of the East and killed her. Although Dorothy feels very sad about killing the witch, the munchkins seem to admire her for getting rid of the witch. Unfortunately Dorothy does not want to stay there she would like to go back to her home. So with the Witch of the North¿s protective kiss and the wicked Witch of the East¿s magic shoes, she and Toto set on their way going along the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz. Along the way to the Land of Oz they meet a scarecrow whose deepest wish is to have a brain. Gladly Dorothy and Toto accept the newcomer and continue their journey. Further along they meet a tin woodman that would like a heart and farther down they meet a cowardly lion that only wants some courage. During their journey they face many perils, but together they defeat them and continue their adventure. When they reach the Land of Oz they are taken to see Oz himself, but he denies them their wishes unless they kill the wicked Witch of the West. They are very unsure of doing such an unruly act, but see that they have no choice. After they complete the task that Oz gave them they come back with their proof and everyone gets their wishes. This book is so good at giving everybody¿s point of view it lets you get inside of the characters head and lets you see what they are feeling. I hope u take my advice and read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This classic story has been adored by millions of people. Author L. Frank Baum was able to capture the hearts and imagination of children across the world with this wonderfully written classic. This story allows the reader to follow a Kansas girl, Dorothy Gale, on her journey through the bizarre Land of Oz, in an attempt to find her way home. The story starts out at Dorothy¿s home in Kansas, when an unexpected cyclone comes and takes Dorothy and her home to the Land of Oz. When Dorothy lands there she finds that her house has landed on a witch in a little place called The Land of The Munchkins. She is then told that by one of the people there that she may take the shoes of the witch she had killed. When she asked the people there how she could get back home to Kansas, they said that she needed to see the Wizard of Oz who lives in the Emerald City. On her way to the Emerald City, Dorothy meets three new friends. They are the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion and they will accompany her on her journey. Dorothy and her newly found friends go through many obstacles on their way to the Emerald City. When they arrive at the Emerald City, before the wizard will do anything for them, they must do a task for him. Once they finish the task, he is able to grant the wishes of the others, but is unable to help Dorothy get home. Just when Dorothy is starting to get discouraged, she hears of someone else who can help her. This was one of the best books I have ever read. It is the kind of book that once you pick it up, you cannot put it back down. This is the first one in a series of books that take place in the Land of Oz. I have not read any of the other books, but from the way this one reads, and the way that this author writes, one can safely assume that they are just as excellent. This story has touched so many hearts and minds that a movie has even been made. The movie and the book are very different, but each can stand alone in their own unique and creative way. They are both classics and I would recommend each of them to anyone.