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The wonderful Wizard of Oz
2000
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  Library Journal Review

Baum's classic is an eye-opener for those who know it only through countless viewings of the 1939 movie. While the basic plots are identical-Dorothy, Kansas, twister, Oz, Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, Cowardly Lion, melted witch, clicking heels, return home-the novel is vastly simpler and waaayyy slower. The biggest disappointment is the Wicked Witch of the West. Deliciously evil on screen, the worst thing she does here is swat Dorothy with an umbrella. After receiving their brains, courage, etc., Dorothy and company have more strange adventures here, but they're entirely forgettable. VERDICT Narrator Tara Sands does an accomplished job of channeling each character according to Baum's descriptions, and this production will charm small children, but older kids and curious adults should stick to the film. Buy appropriately.-Mike Rogers, Babylon, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Baum's classic comes to life in this winning audio edition. When a cyclone whisks Dorothy Gale to the Land of Oz, her only hope of returning to Kansas is to find the Wizard, who lives in the heart of the Emerald City. Following the Yellow Brick Road, Dorothy encounters friends and foes-e.g., the endearing Scarecrow and the malevolent Wicked Witch of the West-that help and hinder her journey. Tavia Gilbert's whimsical narration will appeal to listeners young and old. Additionally, the distinct voices she creates for each character make for a delightful listening experience. Those only familiar with the film adaptation will be pleasantly surprised by the original story and Gilbert's fantastic narration. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
L. Frank Baum's timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the rst 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 rst 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 de nitive rst edition and includes the New York Times review of that edition as well as the original Preface by the author.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 9
The Cyclonep. 11
The Council with The Munchkinsp. 16
How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrowp. 23
The Road Through the Forestp. 30
The Rescue of the Tin Woodmanp. 35
The Cowardly Lionp. 42
The Journey to The Great Ozp. 48
The Deadly Poppy Fieldp. 55
The Queen of the Field Micep. 63
The Guardian of the Gatesp. 69
The Wonderful Emerald City of Ozp. 76
The Search for the Wicked Witchp. 89
How the Four were Reunitedp. 102
The Winged Monkeysp. 106
The Discovery of Oz the Terriblep. 113
The Magic Art of the Great Humbugp. 122
How the Balloon was Launchedp. 126
Away to the Southp. 130
Attacked by the Fighting Treesp. 134
The Dainty China Countryp. 139
The Lion Becomes the King of Beastsp. 144
The Country of the Quadlingsp. 148
The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wishp. 152
Home Againp. 158
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