The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Dover Children's Evergreen Classics) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 688 user ratings

"While I did very much enjoy this book, I honestly think I preferred the movie to the book. It is very rare you’ll hear me say that, but in this case, it’s definitely the truth. The book is excellent but I find the story was much more lively on the screen.

Don’t get me wrong, I adored the book and read it in one sitting. But I just found it lacked a little of the spark that the movie had. It felt like things were rushed in the book, an incredibly important part of the story would only fill 2-3 pages and then there’d be 5+ pages of nonsensical details.

It remained an excellent story nonetheless, and will definitely remain on my shelves for years to come and to be revisited countless times I’m sure!
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" “Io voglio un cuore, perché il cervello non basta a farti felice, e la felicità è la cosa piú bella che esista al mondo.” " said.

"What a wonderful story. A scarecrow. A tin man. A Lion. And a young girl named Dorothy. All travelling the yellow brick road to find the Wizard Of Oz. He has all the answers, all the knowledge. A Wicked Witch Of The West is out to get them and they have a perilous task ahead of them. Are there hidden political meanings in this book? A scarecrow or a straw man? A man that does not exist. A tin man or a Robotoid? Devoid of feeling or emotion. A Lion? Or all of us? A great powerful beast. The King of the jungle. Sovereign over his own body. But he has no nerve. He is all powerful but does he realize how powerful he is? A Wicked Witch Of The West. Or just the West in general? Look at history. An all powerful Wizard Of Oz. In reality he is just a trickster. A magician. Pulling leavers and creating illusions and smoke and mirrors. Hidden behind a curtain. A veil. Pretending to be powerful when in fact the Lion, remember all of us, is the real powerful one. A sleeping giant. The mob of Rome. The Barbarians. Asleep and distracted.
But then Dorothy is only dreaming right. It was just a nightmare. A subconscious vision. Like Alice in Wonderland. Or Pam's dream in Dallas. :-)
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"The story of Dorothy, her little dog Toto and the cyclone that took her from Kansas to the Land of Oz, has been recognised by the Library of Congress as ‘America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale’.

The original book by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900. Since then there have been numerous reprints of the book, plus movies, TV series, and stage shows.

You only have to put ‘Wizard of Oz’ into any search engine and it will bring up many, many sites that sell memorabilia. I wonder though how many of those that collect items, have been to watch the stage shows, and were enthralled by the most iconic of them all, the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland, have actually read the book?

In fact, I wonder how many people realise that ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, is the first book in a series of 14?

This reprint by Alma Classics has stayed true to the original story, including having Dorothy wear the ‘Silver Slippers’ not the ruby coloured ones (these were changed for the 1939 movie to take advantage of the new technicolor that was used).

After you have read the story, there is a section at the back for young readers including:-

– Information about the author
– About the Book
– About the Characters
– Fantasy Worlds in Children’s Fiction

Plus there is also a ‘Test Yourself’ quiz.

The only thing that lets this book down is the lack of illustrations. As this is a children’s book, I would of loved to of seen more than just a small one at the start of each chapter. A full/half page would of brought the story to life, especially if they depicted the such renown characters.

A beautiful book, that children, and adults will love. You will also get to read the original story, including all the sections that have been changed over the years – well I don’t remember seeing wolves in the movie!!

Reviewed by Stacey on
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"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz = The Wizard of Oz (Oz #1), L. Frank Baum
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is an American children's novel written by author L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow, originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900. It has since been reprinted on numerous occasions, most often under the title The Wizard of Oz, which is the title of the popular 1902 Broadway musical adaptation as well as the iconic 1939 musical film adaptation.
The story chronicles the adventures of a young farm girl named Dorothy in the magical Land of Oz, after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away from their Kansas home by a cyclone. The novel is one of the best-known stories in American literature and has been widely translated.
عنوانها: جادوگر شهر از؛ جادوگر شهر زمرد؛ دنیای شگفت انگیز از؛ جادوگر بی نظیر شهر اُز؛ نویسنده: ل. فرانک باوم؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و نهم ماه سپتامبر سال 1976 میلادی
عنوان: جادوگر شهر زمرد؛ نویسنده: ل. فرانک باوم؛ مترجم: ایرج قریب؛ تهران، کتابهای طلایی؛
عنوان: جادوگر شهر زمرد؛ نویسنده: ل. فرانک باوم؛ مترجم: ابوالقاسم حالت؛ تهران، هرمس؛ چاپ چهارم 1378؛ در هشت و 169 ص؛ چاپ ششم 1383؛
عنوان: دنیای شگفت انگیز زمرد؛ نویسنده: ل. فرانک باوم؛ مترجم: سارا قدیانی؛ تهران، قدیانی، بنفشه؛ 1391؛ سه جلد در یک مجلد در 152 ص جلد نخست: جادوگر سرزمین از، شهر زمرد، گلیندای مهربان؛ چاپ پنجم 1394؛
نوشته: «ل. فرانک باوم»، ترجمه: «ایرج قریب»، نام اصلی کتاب، «جادوگر بی نظیر شهر اُز» است... رمانی ست برای کودکانی همچون خودم، همراه با تصویرگری‌های بینظیر «دنسلو». نمیدانم چندبار خوانده ام: «دوروتی»، در جاده ی «آجر طلایی» راه افتاد، و «توتو» هم به دنبالش رفت. کفشهای نقره ای، همان طور که دخترک راه میرفت، جیلینگ جیلینگ صدا میکرد. هنوز راه زیادی نرفته بود که به کشتزاری رسید. که پر از ساقه های بلند ذرت بود. «دوروتی» چشمش به یک «لولوی سر خرمن» افتاد که او را روی ستونی بسته بودند تا پرندگان را از مزرعه ذرت های رسیده دور کند. و ... ا. شربیانی
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" I'm glad I finally read this classic! Although it was not as "amazing" as I thought it would be, and many times very ridiculous, it was still an enjoyable read. " said.

"One of my earliest childhood memories involves my grandparents, aunt, uncle and some of my cousins coming to my house one evening to watch The Wizard of Oz. Why the big to-do? My dad's college professor salary had allowed us to own the only color television in the family. I remember the oohs and ahs exhaled by my relatives (and me) when Dorothy first stepped out of her gray world into the brilliant, Technicolor land of Oz! And, how my cousin Roxy fell asleep before the intrepid gang made it into the witch's castle. As Margaret Hamilton's angry green face filled the screen, I kept poking Roxy, telling her she was missing possibly the most awesome thing EVER! I'm pretty sure I never missed a yearly viewing until I was in my late teens. It was always magical, though nothing could compete with that first time.

Perhaps it is because the film is so ingrained in my head that I did not enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. It seemed a dull, dusty Kansas-tinged imitation of the brilliant Oz-colored memories skipping through my mind. And for the first time ever, I was disappointed that a book did not have an "It was all a dream!" ending.

Still, I can't help thinking that for a child reading this in 1900, the experience must have been utterly mind-blowing.
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"My disappointment with the children's classics (with the exception of Pinocchio) has continued with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

It isn't bad. It really isn't, but it is not great either. It's nowhere near great. I wish I could say I was baffled by how this became the worldwide sensation it became, but that would be a lie. On stage and on film, The Wizard of Oz has become THE go-to kids entertainment of the last 80-odd years. It is so pervasive as to be a sort of children's propaganda entertainment, indoctrinating our children into the wickedness of ugly witches, the goodness of pretty witches, the innocence of naive young girls, the importance of home, and the need to accept that who we are and how we are is just good enough.

Not all of these indoctrinations are necessarily bad; in fact, some of them can be quite beneficial given the right circumstances, but in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the presentation of these ideas is always coupled with a quite frightening lack of thought.

None of the characters ask questions...about anything...ever (with the exception of "Can I have brains, a heart, courage, or go home?"). They accept things as they are, blindly agree with whatever they are told, make snap judgments about the good or evil of whomever they meet and act accordingly, and their answer to every antagonistic situation is to kill. Dorothy kills, the Lion kills, the Tin Woodman kills, even the Scarecrow kills, and there is never a hint of regret or guilt from any of them -- even mister big heart in the hollow body. They want what they want, and if they have to kill to get it then so be it.

I have been reading some Wonderful Wizard of Oz criticism as I've been reading the book, and many critics see Baum's opening book as a political and social satire. I tried hard to see it, I wanted to see it, but what I saw was a book that sells familiar myths to people who want the familiar. It is a myth of "goodness," a myth of class distinction, a myth of meritocracy, a myth of "evil," and worst of all a myth of benevolent and righteous violence.

Yet, for all its problems, it is compellingly fun to read, especially if you have occasion to read it out loud to your children and discuss the behaviour of the characters. Even if your children are young (mine are both five), they should leave The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with a touch more self-awareness and a healthier view of the big entertainment versions of Baum's story.

And there is, for me, one truly redeeming quality in this classic: I appreciate the genius of Gregory Maguire's Wicked all the more. I see now why China Mieville chose it as one of the 50 books all socialists must read. I've read Wicked once before, long before I read Baum, but I'll be reading it again...and soon.

Up with Elphaba and down with Dorothy.
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