Title: The Wizard of Oz
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, NY
Publication Date: 1982
Illustrator: Illustrated by Hague, Michael
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: First Edition
NF, owner name to half title page in red, in F DJ; Hague illustrations of Baum classic, first edition thus; First; cloth. Bookseller Inventory # 2249
Synopsis: After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.
Review: In spite of the fact that L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) is one of the most popular stories in America, relatively few people have actually read the book. It's well worth the effort! Young readers expecting rainbows, Munchkin songs, and wicked witches with burning brooms will instead find a complex country populated with mocking Hammerhead men, dainty people made out of china, and fierce monsters with heads of tigers and bodies of bears. Through the fantastic land of Oz ramble Dorothy and her trusty companions--Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion--each seeking his or her heart's desire. Although the premise of the book and the 1939 movie is the same, the book--as so often is the case--delivers a far more subtle and intricate plot. A child's imagination will run rampant in these pages as one extraordinary creature after another leads the motley crew into strange and magical adventures. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter
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