Book recommendation: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

Do you know what’s funny? I remember reading the Wizard of Oz years ago. But, when I found out how many more novels there are in the Oz series, I bought the collection and recently re-read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but I plan on getting through all of them over the next couple of months.

That in itself isn’t the funny part. The funny part is that the first novel didn’t match up at all to what I remember reading when I was younger. The novel I remembered was only slightly different than the 1939 movie, but the novel I recently finished had more differences than I could count. Now, it’s possible there’s another version of the novel out there, but I’m pretty sure the problem lies more with my memory than anything else.

Dorothy leads a simple but content life with her aunt and uncle. But when a tornado hits their homestead one afternoon, her life becomes a lot more complicated. After her house is picked up by the tornado, she finds herself in a world of magic, where munchkins, scarecrows and Animals live happily alongside each other. As much as Dorothy enjoys this new world, all she wants is to go home. And the only person who can help her is the wizard in the Emerald City.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of those timeless books that appeals to children and adults alike. And I can honestly say that I completely understand the appeal.

Dorothy and her companions have one of the strongest friendships in literary history. They’re willing to help each other, even if it means, at times, risking their lives in the process.

I also really enjoyed reading about their adventures. Everything from their short time in china town to their days spent in the Emerald City was interesting, and I can’t help admiring Baum’s creativity.

If you haven’t read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz yet, I recommend you do so. And if you read it when you were young, then I recommend reading it again. Because it’s possible that, like me, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world you don’t remember ever having been introduced to.

Goodreads summary

This is a classical children’s novel by Frank Baum. The story is about colorful and fascinating adventures of a little orphan girl and her happy friends in the world of magic and fantasy. This is an illustrated version of the book.

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