The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum

  • Release Date: 1900-05-17
  • Genre: Fantasy
Our rating: 5/5 stars

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum

An Apple Books Classic edition.

You’ve seen the iconic 1939 movie, but do you know about the talking field mice, the Winkies, and the Witch of the North that appear in the original book? L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic - the first title in the Oz series - is more complex and intricate than the movie, but just as colorful and fun. The story features a large cast of enchanting characters and a thrilling heroic quest.

Upon the book’s release in 1900, Baum wrote, “It aspires to be a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heart-aches and nightmares are left out.” Mission accomplished. Readers of all ages immediately fell in love with the story, demanding sequels, and Baum obliged, penning more than a dozen installments before his death in 1919.

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Reviews

  • L Frank Baum’s timeless classic

    5
    By NathanBailey73
    A wonderful classic. So many things were different from the film, but I enjoyed the book very thoroughly.
  • Hard to Put Down!

    5
    By Mustachio Mo
    This book was absolutely amazing. At first my expectations were that it would be another classic with hard to understand words and terms for younger readers, but it proved otherwise. I had trouble putting this book down! Highly recommend, even for younger readers.
  • love it!

    5
    By Avetor
    it’s a great book and I love the movie! I think that the book is better and the books free!!
  • 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.

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