Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Page Count: 156
Published on: May 17th 1900
Published by: Puffin
Genre(s): Fantasy, Middle Grade, YA, Adventure, Classic Literature
Source: Print: Hardback
Age Rating: G

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My Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

Follow the yellow brick road!

Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion whom she meets on the way, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure.

Author Bio:

Frank L. Baum (1856-1919) was born in New York. He enjoyed making up stories, particularly for his own children. The Wizard of Oz, based on their favourite bedtime story about a land of Oz,was published in 1900 and it immediately became a huge international success. He wrote several sequels and numerous other kinds of books under a pseudonym. 


Hey guys!

      I picked up The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum after I finished Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, I was in desperate need of the sequel, so I picked up The Wizard of Oz to fill the void in my life. It's been maybe 9 years since I read The Wizard of Oz, and reading it as a 18 year old instead of a 9 year old was such a great experience. The little hints and the little foreshadowed events that were throughout the book were so fun to discover. Compared to the movie adaptation of the book, the book had a lot more backstory and there were some scenes from the book that weren't added to the movie. Overall the parts of the books that weren't part of the movie added so much more to the story.

      The characters in this book were much deeper and had much more violence than I thought there would be. Some of the encounters that the little group had were really really violent... Killer bees, crows that were pecking peoples eyes out, and the Tinman's constant slaying of random animals...The Tinman was always going on about how he could never hurt any creature..then he'd start chopping heads off...

      The whole Oz setting was so gorgeous. The constant desire to be in Oz was so overwhelming throughout the book. Baum's setting descriptions were so beautiful, and the world that he created was so magical and fascinating. His characters were so original and cool. I loved all of the characters, and I know that I'll be reading the rest of the Oz series.


I hope you enjoyed this review! 
Happy reading!
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