The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: Listening Library
Age Group: Children’s
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads:
L. Frank Baum’s timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the ﬁrst uniquely American fairy tale. A combination of enchanting fantasy and piercing social commentary, this remarkable story has entertained and beguiled readers of all ages since it was ﬁrst published in 1900. Ray Bradbury writes in his Introduction, “Both [Baum and Shakespeare] lived inside their heads with a mind gone wild with wanting, wishing, hoping, shaping, dreaming,” and it is this same hunger that makes all of us continue to seek out the story of Oz—and be nourished by it.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the deﬁnitive ﬁrst edition and includes the New York Times review of that edition as well as the original Preface by the author.
So, I was visiting other Project Fairy Tale participants post, and I came across Alyssa‘s post about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It made me realize that I have NEVER read this classic in children’s literature, and I decided to listen to the audiobook narrated by Brooke Shields. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, having grown up with the movie. I mean, I knew the book was different from the movie. I knew that the slippers are silver in the book, for example. So I don’t know if me loving the movie so much affected the way I felt about the book. I liked the book. I’m glad I read it. But it isn’t a favorite of mine.
I don’t really have too much to say about it. The book feels very episodic at times, which isn’t a bad thing, but not really something I enjoy. Somethings from the book made me picture the movie very clearly. For example, it’s often mentioned that the lion is holding his tail and wiping his eyes, and I could picture that in the movie. I quite liked that.
Anyway, I am very glad that I finally read this, but I won’ be rushing out to read the others in the series. There isn’t quite enough character development for my tastes. And Dorothy is such a perfect little girl, and that can get on my nerves real fast. But I think that is a sign of the times this book was written. Like I said, I’m glad I can say I read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but I didn’t find this book amazing. What do you guys think? Have you ever felt this way about a book? You know you should like it, and you can appreciate it, but it just doesn’t amaze you?