Join Dorothy Gale, Toto, and all of her friends as they explore the incredible land of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is American’s most enduring fairy tale. From the moment Dorothy puts on the silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers by MGM to take advantage of their new advance in movie making: color) until the moment she clicks her heels and returns home to Kansas you will be swept away and captivated by her extraordinary story.
When Dorothy is caught in a cyclone she finds her whole house lifted up into the air where she remains till she lands in a strange land. There there is a land so much more colourful than Kansas and the people are small but grateful for her house has killed the wicked witch of the East. As a reward the good witch of the north gives her the silver shoes that had been on the witch but Dorothy still wants to go home. The witch tells her she cannot get her their but the Wizard of Oz may be able to and to find him she must follow the yellow brick road.
Along the road to the Emerald city where the wizard lives Dorothy is met by both friends and dangers. She is joined in her quest by a scarecrow, a tin woodman and a lion who hope to also get something from the wizard. When they final reach him however he requires them to do a task for him first. To kill the wicked witch of the west. Again the group have to set of but this mission is just as dangerous and they think it’s their last chance to get their wished from the wizard.
I only recently learnt that the well known film The Wizard of Oz was based on a book, although I had always suspected it might be. This I think effected my opinion of the book because it is a film I have adored for a long time and I couldn’t help but compare the two leaning in favor of the film. The book is actually quite dark. There are a few times where dark creatures are trying to hurt the group and have to be killed and the wicked witch of the west wants to keep both Dorothy and the Lion as her slaves. It was still an interesting story where more of Oz is explored than in the film and we get to meet more of the people there. There a few major difference too though, for example the slippers are silver not ruby and it is the good witch of the North she meets at the start and Glinda is the good witch of the South who we don’t meet till the end.
There are 14 books written by Baum set in Oz and I have got them all now on my kindle so I plan on returning to Oz in the rest of the series throughout the year but I think these are books to read as a child or too children.