The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Book Reviews

L. Frank Baum

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

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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.

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Book Name The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Genre Fantasy
Language English
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum) Book Reviews 2023

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Good macro-writing, subpar micro-writing. The 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.

Good read. So much better than the film! As usual!

i love you. i love you <3

My favorite. Tybfgnmo

Ok. It was a good book but I think there should be more exciting.Other then that,I recommend it.👍

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

Good for a kids book. Fun 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.

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

Wizard of Oz. An 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.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Amazing! So fun to read!

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. One of my all time favorite stories, I love everything Oz.

Great. Amazing. Nothing. But. Amazing

Classic. Loved this book.

Wonderful Fairy Tale. Still a great children’s read and the start of an amazing series of fairy tales.

Love The Movie. Of 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.

purrrr. one of the best books in existence purr

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. Awesome 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

This is such a good book you have to read it!!. This is such a good book you have to read it!!👍🏻

Amazing fantasy world. This was an amazing story with some many great details that were left out of the movie. The story really draws you in and makes for a fast read. The world that Baum creates is very fascinating and really paints a beautiful picture.

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

Wonderful. A joy to read

10/10. 10/10

Cool 😎 Fairy Tale!. This story by L. Frank Baum is sounding all so magical 🧙🏻‍♂️🧙🏻‍♀️. Annie Mautner

Really Enjoyable Read. Throughout 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?!?! 🤣

Good book. I did a play in the sixth or seventh grade on this and we rocked those peoples socks off.I totes reckoned the book as a fav

Like being a child again!. Made marvelous use of my own imagination.

🙂. what a story!

Guys you know?. Oz is NOT wizard. He is.......

Enjoyable original Wizard of Oz. I’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

Good book. It was A VERY Good book! I read it and it was good. So Good!

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.

Made long. My mom made me read dis fo a book report and dis ho madddd long on bro like dis shi givin me a headache like da fawk but I mean still a decent book ig

Wow!. This book was wonderful!

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 😂

I loved it 5 stars recommend. I 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.

Surprising. I 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.

Highly recommend watching the movie then reading the book. Book is nothing like the movie. Don’t read the book. Movie is much better to follow then this book

It is Pretty good. I liked the book I just thought there could of been more feeling in it

Loved it. This is a very good book for kids who are yearly readers. I would definitely recommend this for anyone.

Amazing!!!. I absolutely love this book and everything about it!!!

Really good book. This is a great book if you want to pass time

Great book. Good read. Interesting

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.

Pretty good. Nice message and good book

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.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. A great classic I really enjoyed it.

Kinda eh to be honest. The movie was better tbh, i always love the books more then movie adaptation but this was an exception. the pop up book was more interesting haha

Great bedtime story. A great American classic to read the children at night.

love it!. it’s a great book and I love the movie! I think that the book is better and the books free!!

A masterpiece. One of the best fairy tales of all time.

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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!

Amazing story really recommend it. I loved every thing in the books

Noice. Rlly good book It’s also cool that this book is free Great book overall Read this book!

Too violent. It’s interesting but sometimes violent

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

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.. I lovedthis book🙃

Boring. The book was boring

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

Love it. Wickedddddxxxdddddddd by

The wonderful wizard of oz. This 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.

Oz. Brilliant

AMAZING. Amazing!loved it towards the ending is my favourite part

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.

🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈. Very good.

The wonderful wizard of Ozz. It'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

Wonderful wizard of oz. I think this book was great because it had good discription but many heads were chopped off but other than that it was great.

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.. This was very fun to read.

Wizard of oz. Great read

The wonderful wizard of oz. I liked how there was a really funny lion. I did not like how the which died at the start.

The wonderful wizard of oz. It was a very good book

Great read. Loved every second of reading it

The wonderful wizard of oz. Great book

The wonderful wizard of Oz. I 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

Oz xx. This book was so amazing I want to read it again

Really nice. Really good book ,also there is an audio book !

Jlster. This book is really good and just like the film. Good descriptions of the new characters and really exciting.

Worst book. H horrible would not recommend

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

Loved it. I loved it, full of crazy cool characters and a great storyline.👍👍😄

Great!. Good book for any age!

The wizard of oz. I liked this book

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Ryan thoroughly enjoyed all the adventures, ups and downs of this wonderful book. Ryan aged 5yr old.

My review. It's kinda very super LONG!!! The end! ;,,|

Oz. It's so much better than the film.

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

Great book. When 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.

An excellent read. I 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

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The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. This 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. 👍🏻👏🏼

The wonderful wizard of oz. Best book i have ever read. Its my all time favourite!!!

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Book. The 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

Love it. I 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.

like. i have the book in real life and its not the same

My Opinion. It 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.

Very good book. I like this book it is like the movie

The wonderful wizard of oz. This is a long, funny, thrilling book.

This book is so good! You should write a series!. Please write another book please!

Perfect Book. The Wizard of oz is a must reed book on iBooks (10/10)

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

Good. Good

Wizard of oz by L. Frank baum. I loved this book 📕 Sooooooooooooo much and it was really interesting 🙂

i love this book. really good book

I watched the movie and it was wayyyy better. In the movie you could watch someone die

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. I loved the book and would recommend it for any readers looking for some adventure.

Trash can. Worst book ever

Wizard of oz. The 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

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.

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

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Wonderful creative and mangnificent book. This 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

Awesome. This books amazing

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. 。。。

Studied book. This book is boring

The wonderful wizard of oz. I love this book it only took me 4 day to read it I could not get my eyes of the book

Jakob. I think this book is to long to read

i love it. that book is one of the best classics aroubd

End page. Hate the last page

Underwhelming. Having 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.

Amazing. I love how good this is and how it is free as well

Wizard of oz. This book was soo good i loved it brings back so many memories from when i was a youngster

Nick. This 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.😃😃

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

Wizard Of Oz. Dorothy ends up in a weird world.meets new friends and has a adventurers adventure.

Wonderful - kids love it. Still good

Alright. The book was very rushed with the same old stuff over and over. But the story was great. I recommend this story for young kids.

WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. It’s an amazing book, I desperately want more by this author

The wonderful wizard of oz. It was REALLY REALLY GREAT👍

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Pretty good book. This is a pretty food book to read! If you like fantasy, read this!

Silver shoes. I like the story but the silver shoes is supposed to be ruby shoes!

Wizard of Oz. The book is very different than the movie we are all used to, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Live it. I loved it

Loved it. I'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!

Amazing. I 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!

Ozyoz. It was good but it kind of got repetitive

The Wizard of Oz. A lovely story. Good for both children and adults. I remember seeing the 1939 movie and it was just as wonderful!

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

Wonderful for the imagination. The 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.

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!

Very different from the original. This 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.

Great book. Cool book! Loved it

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.

The wonderful wizard of oz. I think kids will love it. It is a wonderful book

the wonderful wizard of oz. love this book

Amazing book. This book is both adventurous and fun all at the same time.

Dislike page. What I did not like was that they were really bad storms and I feel bad for the girl

Awesome. Very very cool and interesting story .... 🎩 hats off to imagination...

The wonderful wizard of oz. It was the worst book I have ever read

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 🧙‍♂️ ✨

Beautiful Classic. Crazy to read the differences from the movie that we’ve all come to know and love!

Good book. Great detail in this exiting remake of the original Wonderful wizard of Oz

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The The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book written by L. Frank Baum was published on 17 May 1900, Thursday in the Fantasy category. A total of 10,503 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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