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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [Illustrated] by [Baum, L. Frank]
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz [Illustrated] Kindle Edition

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, master paper engineer Robert Sabuda has created a pop-up version of Dorothy's adventures in Oz that fans will find hard to resist. Modeling his depictions of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the rest after W. W. Denslow's original art, Sabuda adds a third dimension that would have rocked Denslow's--and Baum's--world. A rapidly spinning cyclone actually casts a breeze over the startled reader's face. Glorious red poppies wave seductively in a field. And the Emerald City positively glitters with green, especially when young readers try on the special tinted "Spectacles for You" provided in a pocket on the page. The abridged text, provided in minibooklets set onto each page, covers enough basics for the Oz novice, but we recommend a read-aloud of the original, as well, for all the glory and detail of Baum's fantastic tale. Sabuda's homage to the classic is truly spectacular; even purists will gasp in delight at the sight of the humbug wizard floating away in his shiny green, gold, and blue hot-air balloon. This great introduction to the story of Oz doubles as a fun collector's item. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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Viennese illustrator and Hans Christian Andersen Medalist Lisbeth Zwerger takes a fresh look at L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz in a large-format edition. Zwerger's fantastical, delicate, eccentric illustrations bear no resemblance to the vision of the movie; they make the classic tale new again. And readers can view the Emerald City through a pair of green-tinted glasses, provided in the back of the book.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10854 KB
  • Print Length: 83 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Eltanin Publishing (Dec 28 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VRZXOA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 164 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #533,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, and perhaps it was because I was expecting an epic adventure instead of a children's book. The plot moved too slow for me, however that's because I wanted to explore the world and the characters more. It still was a nice read, but it was a disappointing one nonetheless. I guess this is what happens when people see the movie before they read the book! Although even if I hadn't seen the movie, I would've felt let down by the lack of depth.

It was nice to see how everything was originally, though - especially the characters. And even thought the plot wasn't rich, it did flow rather well - at least, until the story continued after Oz "granted" the wishes, though (it felt a bit strange and oddly placed). The best part was how Oz tricked the scarecrow, the tin man, and the lion into thinking that he had granted them what they were already capable of getting - that alone saved the book for me.

I wish I had read this when I was younger, and before I saw the movie, because I think I might've given it a different review. Regardless, I'm glad I read it because it is interesting to see the original (just as I had done with The Phantom of the Opera) and what came from it.
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Format: Hardcover
I wanted to begin reading chapter books aloud to my four-year-old son, so decided to tackle this book based on the recommendation from "Read Aloud Handbook".
The chapters are short (2-3 pages, generally) and the sentence structure and vocabulary is easy enough for a preschooler to follow along (with some parental help). The story is surprisingly child friendly, and not as scary as the movie. The pictures are whimsical and non-generic watercolours.
My son begged to read another chapter in this story every day, and he would independently carry it around the house and look at the pictures. He absolutely loved this book, which was so exciting for me to see. We are avid picture-book readers, but he has fallen in love with only a handful. I was glad that he took to a real novel so easily, it was a starting point for other chapter books.
I have since bought copies of this edition for preschool nieces and nephews, and will ask their parents to read aloud too!
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Format: Paperback
I bought a PalmOne and it contained an e-Book of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
I was never really interested in reading this book because, let's face it, how many times have we all seen this movie? It was a slow day at work and I fished out my PalmOne from my purse. I remembered that I had this book. I decided to read a few pages but if it was exactly like the movie I would quit reading it. I didn't have to read more than four pages to know that this book was totally different than the movie. I was pleasantly surprised that the book held my interested since it is really a young reader's book. Let me give you a little hint on how it is different than the movie. The Munchkins role is not much in the book. They are mentioned on a few pages but that's all. The Good Witch is not young or pretty. The Wicked Witch never cast one spell on Dorothy. The shoes, forget it, they aren't red at all. The Tin Woodsman was a human male who eventually turned into tin. Also, there is a lot of violence in the book. The Tin Woodsman for example cuts off the heads of 40 wolves, the scarecrow kills 40 crows by snapping their necks. The Witches guard's are actually called Winkies. The Cowardly Lion is saved by thousands of mice. I just wanted to give you a little flavor about the book. I was really getting into the story and my office phone rang. It was my boss, yelling at me because I was late for a meeting! Unfortunately, it was back to work. I promise you when you read this book, you will agree that it is NOT like the movie after all. It's better!
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Format: Hardcover
Robert Sabuda is one of my favorite illustrators and certainly the most renowned pop-up book artist and paper engineer working today. Combine Sabuda's entrancing three dimensional illustrations with Frank Baum's glorious story about Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Toto and their amazing adventures in the Land of Oz and you have pure magic!
The pop-up illustrations are quite intricate, with artwork that's faithful to W. W. Denslow's original illustrations. Sabuda works in a fresh, new style here using prints made from cut linoleum blocks. He brings the drawings to life in a way that will enchant children and adults alike. Each page contains a large pop-up and a small booklet which tells part of the story. And each mini-book contains small pop-ups too. There's a cyclone that really twists, a wizard's balloon that sails into the sky, holographic foil creates a true, sparkling Emerald City made even greener with the included green glasses for the reader
The text is slightly abridged so I would suggest that true "Wizard of Oz" fans include an unabridged copy in their library. I recently bought a copy for my cousin's little girl. She calls it her "magic book" and can't seem to put it down. This very special edition, published to commemorate the book's 100th Anniversary, is well worth the price and will surely find a place of honor on your bookshelf. It is spectacular!
JANA
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