The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum

  • Release Date: 1899-12-30
  • Genre: Fantasy
Our rating: 5/5 stars

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum

Oz comes from the movie musical, the book that inspired Hollywood. This book comprises of wonderful magic and fantasy of the wizard of oz.

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Reviews

  • Good macro-writing, subpar micro-writing

    3
    By ssserene
    The story of the wizard of oz is a classic for a reason. It’s a classic hero’s journey tale with an innocent little girl as the hero. The characters are symbolic and creatively imagined,; it’s the kind of story that feels right out of the daydreams of a child’s mind. A house gets swept away in a tornado to a land far away. A scarecrow comes to life. These are impossible things to adults, but probably seem not so far-fetched to many children. The world of Oz lives in the collective unconscious because the story itself lands a powerful punch. And maybe that’s enough. The writing itself, however, comes across as lacking. It’s often overly simplistic, under-detailed and has numerous missed opportunities for added humour and personality. Perhaps that’s why everyone has seen the movie, but very few have read the book. It’s a rare case when the book isn’t as good as the movie. That being said, the story moves quickly and only takes an hour or two to read. I don’t regret doing so.
  • Great book

    5
    By justinswifexo
    Good read. Interesting
  • This book was Amazing!

    5
    By Mcp19-94-75-19
    This book was by far one of my favorites I have ever read, and beats the movie by quite a bit! It’s a pretty fast read and has a pretty high Lexile, (If you were wondering the lexile is 1030) and a great book for all ages! Some parts my be a little scary for kids 6 and under, but there are only a couple of those parts. I would recommend to any of my classmates, friends, and family, and over all, you! I loved every bit of this book, and the fantastical parts of it were so amazing, and could only be created by the people with an incredible imagination. I 100% would want you to read this book, and maybe a few others in the series. Sorry this was a little long but I just really wanted to show how good this book really is, so thank you for being patient and reading all of this 😂
  • The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

    5
    By the ptb9 dude
    Awesome lol lol a must have omg know it was a series???!😇 read them all like 15 books lol and the !!!!!!!!s! And OMG bye Anybody NOT read this
  • The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

    5
    By HDulcimerchick
    One of my all time favorite stories, I love everything Oz.
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    5
    By GingerTolls
    This book was great!!
  • Awesome!!!

    5
    By autumn379
    Very well detailed a good story better than the movie and many cliffhangers.
  • Quick but worth it!

    5
    By ioioioio ioioio ioio
    My mother was the one who talked about the story saying “We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz!”. And on the 8th (I think) of November, 2018 I began this read. I absolutely love this book. After a ride to my soccer game and back, I already read I would say 80 pages, but I could have read more due to my father’s music in the background. Through out the story I began to love the characters. It’s as if they were my own. And that’s what I like about this book. Thought one thing that I would have changed if I was to author, would be to create more of a story . I specifically remember saying to myself while reading,” The author could have have extending this instead of me reading about her going to sleep, then waking up”. Personally, I feel like more is to belong in between those paragraphs. One thing I would do if I was the author is to make scenes when Dorothy is talking to her do like any other dog lover would do. Although if the author couldn’t do such thing, then I completely understand. I feel like this story could be made to maybe 500-600 just due to adding more and being descriptive. Because I would read any other story like let’s say “It”. You would read how the characters COMPLETELY saw It and what It holds. And that’s what I like about a story. Oh and this book is free on apple which is better because there is NO way I would have just went to my local Barnes and Noble and purchased this book. But now, I’d might consider it.
  • The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz

    5
    By Twobrainz
    This classic story is wonderful! I love it! It’s interesting to note the differences between the book & the movie. I love the book version much better.
  • Very different experience than the film

    5
    By Sablatt
    Let me be honest; I love the movie. It is beautiful, with wonderful actors, costumes, scenes and music. And the plot in the movie is derived from the book. Even the characters are clearly recognizable, although with slight differences. But it’s the differences that make me advocate spending the time reading the book. The irony of the scarecrow not needing brains, the tin man not needing a heart, etc. is underlined frequently enough to make a reader reconsider his/her own self doubts. The added magic lands are also intriguing. The fantasies of L. Frank Baum are appealing to adults and children, and the film, however wonderful it is, doesn’t eliminate the pleasure of the book he wrote.

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