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The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 7 user ratings
ISBN:0375832165
LANGUAGE:English

" I have always admired the OZ books and enjoyed learning more about their author.A good base to start off your research into Baum' life.I do agree with the writer in that some of Baum's later works were were not written with the same depth and flavor as his earlier works. " said.

" Never read the Oz books, seen the movie countless times. I'd heard that the Oz books were a thinly veiled criticism of the economic policies of the times, but there is no mention of that in this book and I suspect it's an urban myth. " said.

" Another neat writer's biography (we're focused on the 19th century this year). Baum had many, many set backs before he figured out how to make a living. He was 44 when the Wizard of Oz came out. I like seeing how various elements of his past reappear in his stories. Kathleen Krull did the excellent "Lives of" series (short bios of musicians, artists, writers, athletes). " said.

" I love the illustrations in this book. Old- timely representations of Dorothy and the Scarecrow, TinMan, and Cowardly Lion.Did not have any idea L. Frank Baum tried so many different jobs before ever settling down to write about the place he'd been speaking of to his children at bedtime for years. And ... I do not know ... I don't think I've ever actually read about the wizard. Just seen him. May have to remedy that! " said.

" A biography about L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz. I actually didn't find his life all that interesting...he was a fabulous father and husband but a terrible money manager. He tried lots of different things but really didn't find "success" until he wrote The Wizard of Oz. Then he became really wealthy and mismanaged his money again. I would check it out from the library if you see it...but I'd skip making it a permanent member of your biography collection! " said.

" This is a lovely story about the life of the author of the Wizard of Oz books. I enjoyed this book as I read it to my children and found that it was actually inspiring as well as interesting. This book has shown me, and my kids, that things don't happen overnight and that while it may take a while to find success, you will get there by keeping an open mind and never giving up. A great book for those who love Oz, and then some! " said.

"I picked up this book at the library. I love the Wizard of Oz movie and have read the original Wizard of Oz book as well. As I state in that review, I'd love to read them all but my library isn't very helpful. I've also read The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull (biography of Dr. Seuss)

I learned some interesting points about L. Frank Baum's life that I didn't know. He had a rough life. He always enjoyed writing but he was quite far into his life when he finally stumbled upon a book that was a best seller.

This book would appeal to anyone, child or adult who is interested in the Wizard of Oz and wants to know a bit about the author.
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"I never knew how interesting Frank Baum's life was. He was a kind of Renaissance man, but didn't have much success with a lot of his endeavors. Most surprising to me was his connection to the early feminists: His mother-in-law was Matilda Joslyn Gage, who worked with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to form the National Woman Suffrage Association. He believed in their cause and wrote in favor of it in his newspaper (not a very popular thing to do at the time). You may also notice that most of the heroes of his books were independent girls. I'd just been thinking I wanted to finally read that series, and now I know I need to." said.

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