The Wonderful Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum Book Summary

An Apple Books Classic edition.

You’ve seen the iconic 1939 movie, but do you know about the talking field mice, the Winkies, and the Witch of the North that appear in the original book? L. Frank Baum’s beloved classic - the first title in the Oz series - is more complex and intricate than the movie, but just as colorful and fun. The story features a large cast of enchanting characters and a thrilling heroic quest.

Upon the book’s release in 1900, Baum wrote, “It aspires to be a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heart-aches and nightmares are left out.” Mission accomplished. Readers of all ages immediately fell in love with the story, demanding sequels, and Baum obliged, penning more than a dozen installments before his death in 1919.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum) Book Reviews

Wonderful Fairy TaleStill a great children’s read and the start of an amazing series of fairy tales..Score: 5/5

A masterpieceOne of the best fairy tales of all time..Score: 5/5

The Wonderful Wizard Of OzAwesome lol lol a must have omg know it was a series???!😇 read them all like 15 books lol and the !!!!!!!!s! And OMG bye Anybody NOT read this.Score: 5/5

Loved it ❤️❤️❤️❤️It really ave me imagination and made me think I am inside the story. It also gave my details than the movie..Score: 5/5

Quick but worth it!My mother was the one who talked about the story saying “We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz!”. And on the 8th (I think) of November, 2018 I began this read. I absolutely love this book. After a ride to my soccer game and back, I already read I would say 80 pages, but I could have read more due to my father’s music in the background. Through out the story I began to love the characters. It’s as if they were my own. And that’s what I like about this book. Thought one thing that I would have changed if I was to author, would be to create more of a story . I specifically remember saying to myself while reading,” The author could have have extending this instead of me reading about her going to sleep, then waking up”. Personally, I feel like more is to belong in between those paragraphs. One thing I would do if I was the author is to make scenes when Dorothy is talking to her do like any other dog lover would do. Although if the author couldn’t do such thing, then I completely understand. I feel like this story could be made to maybe 500-600 just due to adding more and being descriptive. Because I would read any other story like let’s say “It”. You would read how the characters COMPLETELY saw It and what It holds. And that’s what I like about a story. Oh and this book is free on apple which is better because there is NO way I would have just went to my local Barnes and Noble and purchased this book. But now, I’d might consider it..Score: 5/5

Good macro-writing, subpar micro-writingThe story of the wizard of oz is a classic for a reason. It’s a classic hero’s journey tale with an innocent little girl as the hero. The characters are symbolic and creatively imagined,; it’s the kind of story that feels right out of the daydreams of a child’s mind. A house gets swept away in a tornado to a land far away. A scarecrow comes to life. These are impossible things to adults, but probably seem not so far-fetched to many children. The world of Oz lives in the collective unconscious because the story itself lands a powerful punch. And maybe that’s enough. The writing itself, however, comes across as lacking. It’s often overly simplistic, under-detailed and has numerous missed opportunities for added humour and personality. Perhaps that’s why everyone has seen the movie, but very few have read the book. It’s a rare case when the book isn’t as good as the movie. That being said, the story moves quickly and only takes an hour or two to read. I don’t regret doing so..Score: 3/5

OkIt was a good book but I think there should be more exciting.Other then that,I recommend it.👍.Score: 4/5

Wow!This book was wonderful!.Score: 5/5

L Frank Baum’s timeless classicA wonderful classic. So many things were different from the film, but I enjoyed the book very thoroughly..Score: 5/5

The wonderful wizard of oz was amazing but....The book was amazing,I read this book for an essay and I was glad to read it.but I was wondering when oz went on the ballon,didn’t the people see how old he was,or did I just skip something?.Score: 5/5

The Wonderful Wizard Of OzThis classic story is wonderful! I love it! It’s interesting to note the differences between the book & the movie. I love the book version much better..Score: 5/5

Awesome!!!Very well detailed a good story better than the movie and many cliffhangers..Score: 5/5

My favoriteTybfgnmo.Score: 5/5

This is such a good book you have to read it!!This is such a good book you have to read it!!👍🏻.Score: 5/5

Great bedtime storyA great American classic to read the children at night..Score: 5/5

Like being a child again!Made marvelous use of my own imagination..Score: 5/5

Easy read!I wanted to know what all the fuzz was about. The Scarecrow-mhm, for someone with no brains, he sure does come up with a lot of ideas, even before he “gets” his brain. The Tin Woodman- for someone who claims to have no heart, he sure cries a lot for no good reason and feels (killing a bug for example). The Cowardly Lion claims to have no courage, but was going to eat Dorothy and her dog and the rest the first time they met. Some of it makes no sense..Score: 3/5

10/1010/10.Score: 5/5

Amazing!!!I absolutely love this book and everything about it!!!.Score: 5/5

😍I absolutely loved it! It was so adventurous! I recommend that you read this!.Score: 5/5

The wizard oOz.Score: 5/5

Good readSo much better than the film! As usual!.Score: 5/5

ClassicLoved this book..Score: 4/5

Really Enjoyable ReadThroughout the whole book, there were small twists here and there keeping you very engaged. I absolutely loved the character of Dorothy as she makes new friends and somehow manages to kill 2 witches like are you kidding?!?! 🤣.Score: 5/5

The Wonderful Wizard of OzAmazing! So fun to read!.Score: 5/5

The Wonderful Wizard of OzThis book was great!!.Score: 5/5

GreatAmazing. Nothing. But. Amazing.Score: 5/5

Guys you know?Oz is NOT wizard. He is........Score: 3/5

Very different experience than the filmLet me be honest; I love the movie. It is beautiful, with wonderful actors, costumes, scenes and music. And the plot in the movie is derived from the book. Even the characters are clearly recognizable, although with slight differences. But it’s the differences that make me advocate spending the time reading the book. The irony of the scarecrow not needing brains, the tin man not needing a heart, etc. is underlined frequently enough to make a reader reconsider his/her own self doubts. The added magic lands are also intriguing. The fantasies of L. Frank Baum are appealing to adults and children, and the film, however wonderful it is, doesn’t eliminate the pleasure of the book he wrote..Score: 5/5

Loved itThis is a very good book for kids who are yearly readers. I would definitely recommend this for anyone..Score: 5/5

Enjoyable original Wizard of OzI’ve always loved the Wizard of Oz movie. This book was fun to read and you can tell the movie was an adaptation of it. Easy reading. There’s a park in Chicago dedicated to Frank Baum and Oz. We went there when our kids were young. That’s been a good 25, 20 years ago. Wonder if it’s still there.Score: 5/5

I hated itIt needs KOREAN.Score: 1/5

Good bookIt was A VERY Good book! I read it and it was good. So Good!.Score: 5/5

Really good bookThis is a great book if you want to pass time.Score: 5/5

Good for a kids bookFun book, 2 Complaints... 1. This book reuses the word AND, so much. And tells the reader things they already told us. For instance, “and Dorothy, and Toto, and the scarecrow, and The Tin Woodsman, and The Cowardly Lion, etc. 2. There are extremely wacky characters that are there for the sake of more characters. Most of these bazaar characters, only return into the story for 1 page, once more, or never again. Those are my main complaints. Though a little one is that the end feels extremely time crunched..Score: 4/5

I loved it 5 stars recommendI loved the wizard of oz because it is full of adventure and playfulness it has excitement and it’s just amazing and it’s just so wonderful and magical and I give it five stars..Score: 5/5

Hard to Put Down!This book was absolutely amazing. At first my expectations were that it would be another classic with hard to understand words and terms for younger readers, but it proved otherwise. I had trouble putting this book down! Highly recommend, even for younger readers..Score: 5/5

The Wonderful Wizard of OzA great classic I really enjoyed it..Score: 5/5

Love it!It’s a great book and I love the movie! I think that the book is better and the books free!!.Score: 5/5

Great bookGood read. Interesting.Score: 5/5

This book was Amazing!This book was by far one of my favorites I have ever read, and beats the movie by quite a bit! It’s a pretty fast read and has a pretty high Lexile, (If you were wondering the lexile is 1030) and a great book for all ages! Some parts my be a little scary for kids 6 and under, but there are only a couple of those parts. I would recommend to any of my classmates, friends, and family, and over all, you! I loved every bit of this book, and the fantastical parts of it were so amazing, and could only be created by the people with an incredible imagination. I 100% would want you to read this book, and maybe a few others in the series. Sorry this was a little long but I just really wanted to show how good this book really is, so thank you for being patient and reading all of this 😂.Score: 5/5

🙂What a story!.Score: 4/5

Pretty goodNice message and good book.Score: 5/5

Wizard of OzAn absolute classic and favorite! Fairly easy to read, and after being obsessed with Wicked, I had to read these Oz books. I think everyone who loves fantasy should read this..Score: 5/5

It is Pretty goodI liked the book I just thought there could of been more feeling in it.Score: 4/5

Love The MovieOf course, I love the movie and wanted to see what story the book told. Lots of differences but, a great story. I’ll be off to a different book that has made it to the big screen..Score: 5/5

Pretty good.Reading this book left me wishing that they had included more about the land of Oz than the film covered. Worth a read if you enjoyed the film, but it stands on its own without ever knowing the film existed, despite it’s fame..Score: 4/5

The Wonderful Wizard Of OzOne of my all time favorite stories, I love everything Oz..Score: 5/5

WonderfulA joy to read.Score: 5/5

SurprisingI had no idea the book was so different from the movie which I love. I actually prefer the book now because there is so much more to the story..Score: 5/5

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Live itI loved it.Score: 5/5

Silver shoesI like the story but the silver shoes is supposed to be ruby shoes!.Score: 3/5

The wonderful wizard of ozIt was the worst book I have ever read.Score: 1/5

Very different from the originalThis version is very different from what I am use to. A little more violet and descriptive for a kids book but it was still a good read..Score: 4/5

Not a remakeTo the guy who commented before me, this isn't a remake, it's the original novel that the movie was based on..Score: 5/5

Wizard of OzThe book is very different than the movie we are all used to, but enjoyable nonetheless..Score: 4/5

Amazing bookThis book is both adventurous and fun all at the same time..Score: 5/5

Wonderful for the imaginationThe 1930s film heavily based on this book doesn't have all the amazing things that make the land of Oz, OZ. If you have a little child, or you want to do a book report, this book is short, but sweet in any way. It shows you that you don't need a magic potion to make you special, you only need your heart and uniqueness. All in all, the adventures in Oz are amazing, and I most definitely would recommend it..Score: 5/5

Unexpected, wonderful!This is an essential classic. Throw out any idea of the classic movie, it does not do this simple, lively tale justice at all. What a whimsical, charming story! You'll never forget the adventures of Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman and the Cowardly Lion..Score: 5/5

OzyozIt was good but it kind of got repetitive.Score: 4/5

Beautiful!This book is so detailed. You can really feel the emotion of the story. You also really get to understand and feel for the charterers. Just an amazing book. I definitely recommend it!.Score: 5/5

I love ittt❤️So cute nice story for little ones. I encourage you to read it and have great time in the journey to the Emerald city and meet the great and terrible wizard Oz 🧙‍♂️ ✨.Score: 5/5

The wonderful wizard of ozLove this book.Score: 5/5

Dislike pageWhat I did not like was that they were really bad storms and I feel bad for the girl.Score: 4/5

Beautiful ClassicCrazy to read the differences from the movie that we’ve all come to know and love!.Score: 5/5

AmazingI loved this book! I was easy to follow along the interesting events along the book. This book was absolutely a perfect story! Each plot was so well thought through and the book fit well as a puzzle!.Score: 5/5

AwesomeVery very cool and interesting story .... 🎩 hats off to imagination....Score: 5/5

Good bookGreat detail in this exiting remake of the original Wonderful wizard of Oz.Score: 4/5

Loved itI've always liked the film since I was a child and I heard about the prequel that is coming out so I downloaded the book and enjoyed every single part! Can't wait to read the rest before Oz is out in March!.Score: 5/5

Pretty good bookThis is a pretty food book to read! If you like fantasy, read this!.Score: 5/5

The wonderful wizard of ozI think kids will love it. It is a wonderful book.Score: 5/5

Great bookCool book! Loved it.Score: 3/5

The Wizard of OzA lovely story. Good for both children and adults. I remember seeing the 1939 movie and it was just as wonderful!.Score: 5/5

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NickThis book is one of the best books I have ever read, it is filled with lots of interesting stuff and very good, I even gave it. 5 STAR rating.😃😃.Score: 5/5

End pageHate the last page.Score: 1/5

The wonderful wizard of ozThis is a long, funny, thrilling book..Score: 5/5

Wizard of ozThis book was soo good i loved it brings back so many memories from when i was a youngster.Score: 5/5

Wizard of ozThe book is awesome but really different to the movie. I would of rated it 5 stars but their should be more pictures in it even without colour is fine. Mee174xx.Score: 3/5

AwesomeThis books amazing.Score: 5/5

WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZIt’s an amazing book, I desperately want more by this author.Score: 5/5

The wonderful wizard of ozIt was REALLY REALLY GREAT👍.Score: 5/5

BookThe book is different to the movie as the shoes in the book are silver and in the movie the a bright red and sparkly. Other than that very good book really different to the movie. Books better. I recommend reading it.Score: 5/5

UnderwhelmingHaving been a lover of the movie since childhood, finally reading this book at the age of 47 left me underwhelmed. It’s most definitely a kid’s book and surely not written for people of my grand age, so this is not a criticism. Very different story and characters from the movie, too..Score: 2/5

I love this bookReally good book.Score: 5/5

Perfect BookThe Wizard of oz is a must reed book on iBooks (10/10).Score: 5/5

Wonderful - kids love itStill good.Score: 5/5

Trash canWorst book ever.Score: 1/5

Wow!!If i was her i would’ve asked how to use the shoes first then save my friends and return to Kansas immediately too easy! this is a wonderful story.Score: 5/5

GoodGood.Score: 5/5

The Wonderful Wizard of OzThis book is great because there is adventure, action and twists and turns thourghout the book. Read it. It is actually great. 5 star.Score: 5/5

The wonderful wizard of ozBest book i have ever read. Its my all time favourite!!!.Score: 5/5

Great book!It was a great book, exactly like the movie! except, in the book it was a cyclone.. in the movie it was a twister i’m confused. 。。。.Score: 5/5

JakobI think this book is to long to read.Score: 1/5

My OpinionIt is a GREAT book and I mean GREAT. But then again there are always better books. I say a book everyone has to read is Harry Potter..Score: 3/5

Very good bookI like this book it is like the movie.Score: 5/5

The Wonderful Wizard Of OzI loved the book and would recommend it for any readers looking for some adventure..Score: 5/5

This book is so good! You should write a series!Please write another book please!.Score: 5/5

Wizard of oz by L. Frank baumI loved this book 📕 Sooooooooooooo much and it was really interesting 🙂.Score: 5/5

You mamaYo mama so fat she cant stand up.Score: 1/5

The wonderful wizard of ozI love this book it only took me 4 day to read it I could not get my eyes of the book.Score: 5/5

Wonderful creative and mangnificent bookThis book is absolutely amazing it takes me away on an adventure to wherever the book says it goes and at the end about the twist That what I call a worthy free book! Absolutely awsome.Score: 5/5

Love itI L❤️VE THIS BOOK. I have always wanted to read this book because I became fond of the movie. It is a touching story. I would recommend this book to children 9+. It a fantastic book..Score: 5/5

AmazingI love how good this is and how it is free as well.Score: 5/5

I watched the movie and it was wayyyy betterIn the movie you could watch someone die.Score: 1/5

The Wonderful Wizard Of OzThis book is a super creative. I love how Scarecrow, Woodman and Lion can all talk. There was various diferences between all the worlds they visited. Her friends are very helpful and brave, they saved the others many times. At the end Oz was a rondom man, he had been a hambug and tricked everyone in the Emerald City. I especially like the part when they arrive at the land of the South. This book is amazing and gives me ideas for my own writing. 👍🏻👏🏼.Score: 5/5

LikeI have the book in real life and its not the same.Score: 4/5

Studied bookThis book is boring.Score: 1/5

Stop reading fan fiction. Read rich dad poor dad instead!We is has found the enemy. And they it us..Score: 5/5

Wizard Of OzDorothy ends up in a weird world.meets new friends and has a adventurers adventure..Score: 5/5

AlrightThe book was very rushed with the same old stuff over and over. But the story was great. I recommend this story for young kids..Score: 3/5

I don't like it I love itIt was gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌.Score: 5/5

I love itThat book is one of the best classics aroubd.Score: 5/5

Great original version!The great story before Hollywood adapted it. Enough differences to be 'new' but also familiar to those old and young who love the popular version. An excellent bed time read for youngsters..Score: 5/5

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Wow!!!So much easier to read than most classics. Very child-friendly language..Score: 5/5

Wonderful Wizards of OZI loved the mysterious parts but I like it when there is a cliff hanger but there is none:0(.Score: 5/5

NoiceRlly good book It’s also cool that this book is free Great book overall Read this book!.Score: 4/5

The wonderful wizard of ozIt was a very good book.Score: 5/5

The wizard of ozI liked this book.Score: 3/5

The wonderful wizard of ozGreat book.Score: 5/5

Amazing story really recommend itI loved every thing in the books.Score: 5/5

Love itWickedddddxxxdddddddd by.Score: 5/5

🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈Very good..Score: 5/5

Great readLoved every second of reading it.Score: 5/5

Wonderful wizard of ozI think this book was great because it had good discription but many heads were chopped off but other than that it was great..Score: 4/5

Excellent Book.This is an excellent book. I read this in 42 minutes and it is really really good. Better than the film..Score: 5/5

Really niceReally good book ,also there is an audio book !.Score: 5/5

My reviewIt's kinda very super LONG!!! The end! ;,,|.Score: 5/5

The wonderful wizard of ozThis book was very interesting even though I've watched the movie, books are much more better than the movie. It didn't take me that long to read it it took 3 days. I rate this book 5/5 because I liked the way the author had used lots of interesting words..Score: 5/5

The Wonderful Wizard of OzRyan thoroughly enjoyed all the adventures, ups and downs of this wonderful book. Ryan aged 5yr old..Score: 4/5

Great bookWhen I began reading the book years ago it was a little interesting. But when I got invited to go and see Oz The Great And Powerful I became determined to finish reading. I enjoyed reading, every second of it and I hope one day ill read it to my future children..Score: 5/5

JlsterThis book is really good and just like the film. Good descriptions of the new characters and really exciting..Score: 3/5

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.This was very fun to read..Score: 4/5

The wonderful wizard of OzzIt's a great book to read and I say you should get the book on your iPad but I say u should get it thank you.Score: 4/5

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.I lovedthis book🙃.Score: 5/5

Too violentIt’s interesting but sometimes violent.Score: 4/5

A great Book!At first I thought it would be like the movie, but most of it was missed out or changed. You must read this to know the full story..Score: 5/5

Worst bookH horrible would not recommend.Score: 1/5

Loved itI loved it, full of crazy cool characters and a great storyline.👍👍😄.Score: 5/5

Oz xxThis book was so amazing I want to read it again.Score: 4/5

The wonderful wizard of OzI liked the bit where Dorothy went to the land of Oz in a cyclone because it is really AWESOME. Amy age six Amy age 6.Score: 5/5

AMAZINGAmazing!loved it towards the ending is my favourite part.Score: 5/5

The wonderful wizard of ozI liked how there was a really funny lion. I did not like how the which died at the start..Score: 5/5

BoringThe book was boring.Score: 1/5

The wizard of ozI loved this book because it was so amazing so I put 5 stars for it.😍😍😍😀😀😀🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧📒📒📒🌈🌈🌈👍👍👍.Score: 5/5

Wizard of ozGreat read.Score: 5/5

Great!Good book for any age!.Score: 5/5

Childhood favourite!!I read this to my little boy every night, he fell asleep and we Just finished it on Christmas Day 2021. Love this book!.Score: 5/5

OzIt's so much better than the film..Score: 5/5

An excellent readI really enjoyed reading every page of this well written book over two days and worth every minute of it, seen the film umpteenth times since being a little boy but read the book once now in my early 40's, Verdict the book is much better.Score: 5/5

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