Title: The Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Ideal Age Range: All Ages
Mass Market Paperback: 159 pages
Copyright Date: 1900
Synopsis: (from Goodreads.com) Join Dorothy Gale, Toto, and all of her friends as they explore the incredible land of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is America's most enduring fairy tale. From the moment Dorothy puts on the silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers by MGM to take advantage of their new advance in movie making: color) until the moment she clicks her heels and returns home to Kansas you will be swept away and captivated by her extraordinary story. This lavishing illustrated edition has more than one hundred and fifty of the original W. W. Denslow illustrations
My Rating: (★) I might get stoned for this, but I didn't really like The Wizard of Oz. I found it to be repetitive and too simple for even a child's story. I couldn't help thinking that I enjoyed the movie much more than the book because the characters are so much more colorful and interesting in the movie. I don't think that there is anything that I can find good to say about it, other than it has been a great inspiration for wonderful works such as Wicked by Gregory Maguire and the musical based upon THAT book. Saying that, I have to be truthful and say I haven't actually read Wicked, but I have seen the musical, and I loved the musical!
So, I'm not sure I will read the rest of the Oz books, and I'm a little sad that I didn't enjoy this Children's Classic. Happy Reading!