Review: The Wizard of Oz

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Title: The Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Published: 1900
Page Count: 189
Rating: 4/5

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The Wizard of Oz is the story of Dorothy, who’s home was caught in a cyclone. When she wakes up after being hit by some debris, she realizes that her and her dog, Toto, are not in Kansas anymore. As she makes her way to the Emerald City to meet the great wizard, Oz, who can grant anyone’s wish, she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion, who are all looking for something from Oz themselves. Dorothy wishes to be taken back to Kansas. The Scarecrow wishes for brains. The Tin Man wishes for a heart. And the Lion wishes for courage. As they travel the yellow brick road they will encounter many different and wild things.

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I had pretty high expectations for this since the classic 1939 film is amazing! And while I did enjoy this book, I enjoy the movie more. But I’m not here to compare them. Dorothy is much younger in the book edition than I was expecting but I think I liked that because this is a children’s book so children would be able to relate to the character of Dorothy more. As I have been reading classics this year, I have been trying to picture myself reading them to my future kids. So far, I haven’t come across any that I feel like a child would understand. Until this one! I can definitely see myself reading this to my children. It has simple writing and an interesting story that would grasp a child’s attention.

Some of the most famous lines from The Wizard of Oz movie are not even mentioned in the book. As I was reading I was looking for all of them and I didn’t find any. “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!” “There’s no place like home.” The original book was published in 1939 and titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. My edition may be different but I highly doubt it. The characters were definitely better in the book though. The Lion has way more courage than in the movie. He helps Dorothy and the others with much more courage than I was expecting. The Scarecrow ends up being way more helpful and thinks of ways to get out of their predicaments. And the Tin Man has a backstory that I never, ever, heard of before. All I will say is that he wasn’t always a Tin Man.

I think I would have enjoyed this book as a child and I wish that I had read it when I was younger because I would have appreciated it more. As an adult, I just prefer the movie. I highly recommend reading it and if you have kids, read it to them! They will love it.

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