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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Oz Series, Book 1

In L. Frank Baum's classic fantasy tale, after a tornado transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

In L. Frank Baum's classic fantasy tale, after a tornado transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 24, 2011
    Ninth in Ingpen’s series of illustrated classics, this atmospheric outing blends elements of American realism with elegant whimsy. With surprising emotion, Ingpen conveys the Tin Woodman’s grim transformation, one limb at a time, from a human into a metal automaton; his scrawny Wicked Witch of the West, with her spidery black hair, overcoat, and striped stockings, would be equally at home roaming New York City’s West Village as she would the yellow brick road. Readers yet to discover the story of Oz will find a wholly original vision in this edition. Ages 10–up.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 28, 2013
    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.

  • AudioFile Magazine They're all here, of course: the Cowardly Lion, witches and the Tin Man. Not to mention the Scarecrow and the mighty Wizard! Into this magical land come Dorothy and Toto, who only want to find their way back to Kansas. If your only experience with Baum's fantasy is the Judy Garland film, you ought to spend a couple of hours with this lively full-cast presentation. This adaptation is performed in radio-theater style with sound effects and music. The packaging--two cassettes in a flimsy cardboard case--will never last long with kids, however. P.B.J. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2013

    Gr all levels-Dorothy and her little dog Toto are at home in their farmhouse when a cyclone suddenly lifts the house and deposits it in the fantastic land of the Munchkins. So begins Baum's timeless classic tale of magic and adventure in which Dorothy, along with three traveling companions she meets along the way-the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion-are involved in one adventure after another. Good and bad witches, friendly and unfriendly creatures, deadly poppies, and a dangerous river are just some of the challenges they encounter in their search for The Wizard of Oz, who they believe can grant each one of them their greatest wish: a return home for Dorothy, brains for the Scarecrow, a heart for the Tin Woodman, and courage for the Cowardly Lion. The audio quality of this offering is crisp and clear and Tavia Gilbert's narration is engaging, giving each character a distinct voice. Dorothy's voice is tremulous and has a lilting sing-song quality to it that is at times credulous, bewildered, confident, and consistently believable. The portrayal of the other characters is equally wonderful, with seamless transitions between them. A bonus companion ebook is included on the first CD. An enjoyable listening experience for all ages.-Mary Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

    Copyright 2013 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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