The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (100th Anniversary Edition)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz #1)

Written by L. Frank Baum

Illustrated by W. W. Denslow

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From Goodreads:

Journey to the spectacular land of Oz with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! This classic tale from L. Frank Baum has enchanted readers for over a century. Now, in this stunning hundredth anniversary edition featuring the original illustrations by W.W. Denslow, new readers will learn the power of the phrase “There is no place like home.”

In this hardcover edition with high-quality reproductions of the original art, follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz.

Here she meets the Munchkins and joins the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powerful Wizard of Oz.

My thoughts on this book:

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My 8-year-old decided she wanted to read this one and we just finished buddy reading two different copies. The copy she’s reading is a new Scholastic version which is just a simple paperback with an adorable cover.

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I went ahead and picked up the 100th anniversary edition for our home library because it’s illustrated, large print, and hardcover which I love.

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I’m sure most of you already know the story. The beginning opens with a cyclone that carries Dorothy’s house–along with her and her little dog Toto–all the way to a foreign land. Her house falls on a wicked witch killing her and Dorothy becomes a hero. On her journey to find the wizard she meets a scarecrow, a tin woodman, and a cowardly lion.

Dorothy’s love for her new found friends is heartwarming and there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for them. Together they embark on an adventure to find the Emerald City. Each of the four travelers has a request for the wizard. The scarecrow wants brains, the tin woodman a heart, and the lion needs courage. Dorothy’s only request is to be sent back home to Aunt Em in Kansas. It’s quite fascinating what can be accomplished if you only believe.

“No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.”

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I can’t remember the last time I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but it was probably sometime around 5th grade or so. We had a tattered up copy in our school library. I’m not even sure if I finished it because this time around, I was amazed with the differences in the book compared to the Hollywood movie. Some events were left out in the film, while others were added in which made it even more exciting, including the entire beginning of the movie. Details were also different. Not only that, parts of the book were fairly dark for young readers.

He seized his axe, which he had made very sharp, and as the leader of the wolves came on the Tin Woodman swung his arm and chopped the wolf’s head from its body, so that it immediately died. As soon as he could raise his axe another wolf came up, and he also fell under the sharp edge of the Tim Woodman’s weapon. There were forty wolves, and forty times a wolf was killed; so that at last they all lay dead in a heap before the Woodman.

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As we read further and further into the story, my daughter was surprised to learn about Dorothy’s ruby slippers and how they were really silver in the book.

We enjoyed reading about the magical world L. Frank Baum has created in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Just picture it with fighting trees, flying monkeys, munchkins and witches. There was no telling what would happen next! We connected with all the characters too.

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In this edition, there’s an illustration on nearly every page.

I was one of those children who waited for the movie to come on local television channels every single year. I was entranced when Dorothy got sucked up into the tornado along with her house and Toto. One of the most exciting parts for me was when the movie transitioned from black and white to color. I was obsessed with the movie. The book may not be as extravagant as the movie and there are many differences, but the book is still magical with great characters. There are many good lessons for children to learn as well.

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This was a very creative children’s fantasy in my opinion. The illustrations throughout were a treat and make the story even more interesting. It’s a book perfect for all ages. I’m not sure if we’ll reread it anytime soon, but my eight-year-old and ten-year-old kids enjoyed it as much as I did. I’ve read the second book and plan to finish the entire series eventually.

4****

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Find this book on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Books of Wonder
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Anniversary edition (October 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060293233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060293239

Thanks for reading my review of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Do you like this book? Maybe you enjoyed the movie more? Feel free to share your thoughts below.

❤ Mischenko

26 thoughts on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (100th Anniversary Edition)

  1. I might get rocks and garbage thrown at me for this, but I was never a fan of The Wizard of Oz. Even as a kid, I never enjoyed watching it, and my parents made us every year. Those flying monkeys were just weird, lol. That’s awesome you did a buddy read with your daughter!

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    1. Lol! You would probably think the book was even weirder then. There were some strange creatures in the book that were never in the movie like people called Winkies and Quadlings with only legs. I could go on and on! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Teri. ❤

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  2. I love and adore the entire Oz series! My daughter hated them but, you know, daughters. This summer we went to Coronado Island aka The Emerald Isle which is located across the bay from San Diego. Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz while staying there. You can visit the house (with a smushed witch as the door mat!), see the gardens that inspired his vision of Oz and the red roofed resort that is in the center of the city which looks, ironically, exactly like OZ! They all became his inspiration for the tale. It is one of the most beautiful and wonderful places on earth. If that is Oz, I want to live there!

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  3. David R. Dowdy

    Great imagination-growing book. I loved the movie on TV as well and I don’t think I’ve ever picked the book up. No, I haven’t, which is sad. If we only saw things like Dorothy, we might find a way to make our world a little better.

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  4. I loved the movie, too, but it always terrified me between the Wicked Witch and the monkeys. I think I was too young for those things when I first saw them. Loved your review of this and now I want to search for 100 year anniversary edition! I’ve read the book, but it’s been quite some time, and I don’t think I own a copy. Happy you enjoyed this with your kids! ♥️

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    1. Lol me too! She was such a scary witch. The winged monkeys in the books are a different though. There are so many neat differences. Even the witch is different. They really did an awesome job with all the characters in the movie regardless. I hope you get this one! 🧡❤🧡😘 xoxo Thanks, Jenn.

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  5. It’s one of those books you read as a child but the movie adaptations of the book is all you remember. I’m pretty sure like you, I would be surprised at how different the movie adaptation is to the book itself in parts if I read it again. Nice review. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I only ever read the first book in this series as that was basically the one the movie was based on. There are so many people that do not even know this was a series. I am so glad that your children enjoyed the book. This is one I never read to my kids, they didn’t like the movie, it gave them the creeps, so I never tried. Nice review Jen.

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  7. Interesting! I read a different version of The Wizard of Oz, it came with my leapfrog. She had ruby slippers in that one! I can’t believe they were originally silver.

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  8. I LOVE TWOO !!! I Also have s special edition book and have fond memories of watching this at the pictures when I was about 4 and shouting out in front of everyone when Dorothy was being chased up and down the stairs! Cuz everyone turned round and looked at me and I almost died of embarrassment lol ❤️❤️

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  9. starjustin

    I love your pics in this post! I don’t recall ever reading the books but like many, we watched the movie every year. The movie never got old for me through all the years. Gotta love it! 💕

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