The Wizard of Oz

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DIANE Publishing Company, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 103 pages
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The Wizard of Oz is America's greatest fairy tale; the land of Oz its most enduring fairyland; & the inhabitants of that magical kingdom an intrinsic part of its folklore. Here, nearly a century after its first publication, the internationally acclaimed Viennese illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger brings her exceptional artistry & singular vision to a new edition of the story. Her unique perspective, her blend of whimsy & grace, charm & imagination, offer readers a view of Oz that is fantastic yet familiar, startling yet strangely satisfying. Her vision of Baum's timeless classic -- complete with cunningly designed green-tinted glasses to be worn by readers entering the Emerald City -- is sure to be treasured by young readers well into the 21st century.

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I wished there more action :) and the a slower pacing. - LibraryThing
This seems very dated, and the writing somewhat clunky. - LibraryThing
Nondescript illustrations. - LibraryThing
I suspect a yankee revisionist plot. - LibraryThing
Reference to this moral is not subtle, either. - LibraryThing
The illustrations and the hardbound packaging. - LibraryThing

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An old classic. A marvelous imaginative work that takes us to a world where what is seen is not always the reality. The land of Oz is inhabited by many odd beings who help Dorothy to find her way home, a wiser little girl, from her great adventure. Read full review

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User Review  - crunchymunchkin - LibraryThing

In most cases, I prefer the original books over their movie adaptions.The Wizard of Oz, however, took the best from the source material and embellished what was missing, adding what they needed to in ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Best known as the author of the Wizard of Oz series, Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856, in New York. When Baum was a young man, his father, who had made a fortune in oil, gave him several theaters in New York and Pennsylvania to manage. Eventually, Baum had his first taste of success as a writer when he staged The Maid of Arran, a melodrama he had written and scored. Married in 1882 to Maud Gage, whose mother was an influential suffragette, the two had four sons. Baum often entertained his children with nursery rhymes and in 1897 published a compilation titled Mother Goose in Prose, which was illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. The project was followed by three other picture books of rhymes, illustrated by William Wallace Denslow. The success of the nursery rhymes persuaded Baum to craft a novel out of one of the stories, which he titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some critics have suggested that Baum modeled the character of the Wizard on himself. Other books for children followed the original Oz book, and Baum continued to produce the popular Oz books until his death in 1919. The series was so popular that after Baum's death and by special arrangement, Oz books continued to be written for the series by other authors. Glinda of Oz, the last Oz book that Baum wrote, was published in 1920.

Lisbeth Zwerger was born in Vienna in 1954. After studying at the Applied Arts Academy of Vienna she became an award-winning illustrator. Her style is similar to that of English illustrators of the 19th century. In 1990 she won the the Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as special recognition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Her Noah's Ark, Little Red Cap and The Wizard of Oz were all selected by The New York Times as a "Best Illustrated Books of the Year.

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