The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, An Illustrated Classic * Book Review

Book: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, An Illustrated Classic
Author: L. Frank Baum
Illustrators: W. W. Denslow and Cherie Zamazing
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Canterbury Classics (2017)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781684120352
Genre: Juvenile fiction
Ages: 8-12; grades 3-6
Price: $12.99
Purchase: Online

Brief Summary:
The Wizard of Oz is a fantasy from rural Kansas to the Emerald City and back. Its main characters Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow encounter many fantastic and colorful characters encounter along the way. Delight in Toto, Mini- munchkins, the Wicked Witch, Guardian of the Gates, Flying monkeys, Mr. Joker, the Princess, and, of course,
the Wizard.

This Critic’s Review:
Most of us are familiar with the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. The U. S. Library of Congress declares it. “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale.” Many consider it America’s first fairy tale. Unlike Grimm and Andersen, its dark moments are few. Baum’s themes of love, kindness, and unselfishness make for an inspirational heroine and a good clean reading fun novel.

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