Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book Review: The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
Hardcover, 259 pages
Borrowed from NYPL Mid-Manhattan Branch
Challenge: Dusty Volumes Challenge, 100 Books in a Year

A book that needs no introduction, I was absolutely thrilled to pick up this oldie but goodie!! It was one of my favorite childhood movies and has now become one of my favorite fantasy novels.

I enjoyed seeing how the adaptations of the book were used and why they were used. I was shocked to find out the longer story of the tin man, and that he had actually been a man until the wicked witch kept cutting his limbs off! Could you imagine if any of the adaptations decided to illustrate that?!

Had I have read this as a child, I would've missed a lot of the themes. Namely that the Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow had what they thought they were lacking all along. It's almost comical how brave the Lion actually is in the book and how much of a heart the Tin Man has.

was also glad that there were other elements that I haven't seen on screen so far. Like the China Country and the Hammerheads. Will definitely read the others in the series. All 65 million of them.


  1. I recently read the Wizard of Oz for the first time too! I loved it! I just wished it was a little longer because I didn't want to leave Oz :)

  2. Hah!! Same here!! I hope I like the others as much :)

  3. This is one of my favorite movies too, but I've never read the books. That part about the Tin Man made my jaw drop! O.O

  4. AH!!! Me too!! And it was a long drawn out part in the book I was in shock!


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