The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Published: May 17, 1900
Publisher: Public Domain Books
ASIN: B0083ZRAJS
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: Oz #1
Acquisition: FREE Download on Amazon

Purchase at: Amazon

Join Dorothy Gale, Toto, and all of her friends as they explore the incredible land of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is American’s most enduring fairy tale. From the moment Dorothy puts on the silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers by MGM to take advantage of their new advance in movie making: color) until the moment she clicks her heels and returns home to Kansas you will be swept away and captivated by her extraordinary story.

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Okay. Let’s get things straight. I do not see myself as one astute enough to even critique a classic work. Therefore this is not much of a proper book review, but more of myself gushing on about how I felt about the book. I shall keep it short and sweet~

Most of what I know about this book came from Wicked by Gregory Maguire and this REALLY old movie:

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And my memory of that movie isn’t that sharp anymore because it has been years since I last saw it. Also, they changed so much of the story and made it more colorful because color was such a novelty at the time. Wicked is a lot different too from Baum’s tale, but a lot of the main characters are there.

I think I love children’s classics a lot, because this was a really great read for me. It was short, but entertaining. I like how this book is all about the adventure instead of some morals. Well, I think there is still a lot to be learned here, but I think it focused more on other things too. The story follows Dorothy’s adventure in Oz where she meets all the different kinds of people and creatures, and finds the different places in Oz.

I like how Dorothy picks up these strange characters along the way and ends up being really close friends with them. I like how they all stuck with each other throughout the whole story, even when they didn’t really need to. It was a happy ending for all of them too. I think they got more than what they asked for. It’s funny how the tinman, scarecrow, and lion couldn’t see how kind, smart, or brave they are without seeing the tangible things that they think would fix them.

Overall, this was a light and fun children’s read.

RATING:

4.5-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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