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

UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 688 user ratings

"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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"It's Alice in Wonderland for Americans! No seriously, that's literally what Frank Baum was out for, which is...fine I guess? I mean raise your hand if you were like every time I read Alice in Wonderland I'm like, this is so fucking unAmerican, there hasn't even been one scene set in Kansas.

Which by the way is not at all presented sympathetically, and of course how would you even do that, we all know what the deal is with Kansas, but here's Dorothy:

No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country

So, I mean, that's some pretty shady patriotism, is all. The scarecrow is all,
If your heads were stuffed with straw, like mine, you would probably all live in the beautiful places, and then Kansas would have no people at all.

lol. The thing that's always pissed me off about the scarecrow, the tin man and the cowardly lion is that the first two are missing a brain and a heart and therefore by the laws of parallel metaphor the lion should also be missing an organ. Guts? What's a spleen for again? Anyway it feels like Baum sortof punted there, and in fact the thing with this whole book is that it's not that great, honestly. Like, the images are great. The metaphors. The thing with Oz himself is so wonderful, right? This great and terrible Oz, and then Toto the meat dog (that's what she calls him!) knocks over a screen and there he is, just a pathetic old man. That's such a resonant image, and it's useful for every authority figure currently in existence who isn't Angela Merkel.

But Alice has good images too, and Baum has nowhere near Lewis Carroll's delirious feel for writing. You could probably track the quality of children's literature by the number of tattoos grown-ups have of them, right?

Google results for:
"Alice in Wonderland" tattoo: 16,500,000
"Wizard of Oz" tattoo: 624,000
"Flowers in the Attic" tattoo: 345,000
"Wind in the Willows" tattoo: 337,000
"Harold and the Purple Crayon" tattoo: 95,000

That's an exactly accurate ranking of the quality of these stories.

So the story is great but the book isn't. A lot of perfunctory tasks are perfunctorily performed. Packs of wolves and giant spiders are dispatched without any real sense of urgency. A great deal of attention is paid to dinner. And y'know the illustrations are bullshit too, if we're being real here.

That's only an okay picture. Ooh, you wanna see something cool though? Here's some dude named Graham Rawle with the Emerald City:

See if you can figure out how he made it. I know!

So it's Alice in Wonderland without very much of the wonder, is the upshot here. Baum has great ideas but he hasn't made great literature. You can go ahead and just watch that fucking musical again and not read this." said.

" “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.

"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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"I read this the first time when I was maybe 10 years old maybe younger, I'm not sure. I read that version over and over till the covers fell off and the first twelve pages were gone. Oddly, i never read all the other OZ books, but I love(ed) this one.

Update: Thanks, I just got a like on my abbreviated review above^.

This was one of the few books I owned as a child (literally one of a few. I had 3 books. Other than that I read Child Craft the World Book Encyclopedia, my dad's collection of Zane Grey westerns and what I could get from the school library of our small country school).

This was my first fantasy novel and I did read it over and over. Of course I built stories about what else may have happened in OZ as I read. Dorthy's adventures (more involved and different from the movie we all know) opened my imagination up.

I did (as noted above) read it until the covers fell off and the first 12 pages were lost my book opened about the time Dorthy was being swept away after a while.

As my kids grew of course I introduced them to OZ, to Dorthy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman...and the Lion. But they went on and read many of the other OZ books I never did.

I think things that last, things that one generation can share with the next...and for that matter the next and the next are great and should be cherished.
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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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"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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