The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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.

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- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz5 star

Amazing! So fun to read!

- L Frank Baum’s timeless classic5 star

A wonderful classic. So many things were different from the film, but I enjoyed the book very thoroughly.

- Hard to Put Down!5 star

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.

- love it!5 star

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

- Good macro-writing, subpar micro-writing3 star

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.

- Great book5 star

Good read. Interesting

- This book was Amazing!5 star

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 😂

- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz5 star

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

- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz5 star

One of my all time favorite stories, I love everything Oz.

- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz5 star

This book was great!!

- Awesome!!!5 star

Very well detailed a good story better than the movie and many cliffhangers.

- Quick but worth it!5 star

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.

- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz5 star

This 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.

- Very different experience than the film5 star

Let 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.

- The wonderful wizard of oz was amazing but....5 star

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?

- I hated it1 star

It needs KOREAN

- The wizard o5 star

Oz

- The wonderful wisderd omg iOS1 star

It was good

- Ammar5 star

My first and favorite book ever

- My first read5 star

It took me on a wonderful journey, and I hated for it to end...

- Wonderful wizard of oz5 star

Graet

- Hey Generation Fantastic. Read this book.5 star

For all of the Harry Potter fans in the wild, you must know that the whomping willow has an origin in literature. Charms, bewitched objects and horrible beasts can be found within these pages. All conquered by the wits and courage of children and innocent minded companions.

- Lucas Mellein5 star

The book was really good and enjoying would recommend it to anyone.

- Trash1 star

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- There's no place like OZ.5 star

My family read this wonderful story together. Its hard not to let the movie version into your imagination. However, it was fun nonetheless.

- Amazing5 star

This is a Amazing book.

- Wizard of oz5 star

Best book in the whole wide world

- What a difference5 star

I just loved reading this. I never thought it would be so different. Saw the movie every year as a child. Was a family event. I'm 63 now and still have fond memories of those times. I'm just glad that those memories produced the inclination to read the original.

- Truly amazing !!!!!5 star

Wonderful fairytale for ur kids. A must read !!

- Awesome book5 star

A lot different from the movie, but still a good book. It's a must read classic!

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- Ozyoz4 star

It was good but it kind of got repetitive

- Pretty good book5 star

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

- Great book3 star

Cool book! Loved it

- I love ittt❤️5 star

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 🧙‍♂️ ✨

- Awesome5 star

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

- Live it5 star

I loved it

- Beautiful!5 star

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 original4 star

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.

- the wonderful wizard of oz5 star

love this book

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

I think kids will love it. It is a wonderful book

- Silver shoes3 star

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

- The Wizard of Oz5 star

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

- Loved it5 star

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!

- Not a remake5 star

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

- Good book4 star

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

- Unexpected, wonderful!5 star

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.

- Amazing book5 star

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

- Wizard of Oz4 star

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

- The wonderful wizard of oz1 star

It was the worst book I have ever read

- Trash can1 star

Worst book ever

- like4 star

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

- Wizard of oz5 star

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

- Great book!5 star

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. 。。。

- Very good book5 star

I like this book it is like the movie

- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz5 star

I loved the book and would recommend it for any readers looking for some adventure.

- you mama1 star

yo mama so fat she cant stand up

- This book is so good! You should write a series!5 star

Please write another book please!

- Awesome5 star

This books amazing

- I don't like it I love it5 star

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- Jakob1 star

I think this book is to long to read

- Book5 star

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

- Nick5 star

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.😃😃

- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz5 star

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

- Love it5 star

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.

- Studied book1 star

This book is boring

- Alright3 star

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 - kids love it5 star

Still good

- End page1 star

Hate the last page

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

I love this book it only took me 4 day to read it I could not get my eyes of the book

- Great original version!5 star

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.

- Good5 star

Good

- i love it5 star

that book is one of the best classics aroubd

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

It was REALLY REALLY GREAT👍

- Wizard of oz3 star

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

- My Opinion3 star

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.

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

Best book i have ever read. Its my all time favourite!!!

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

This is a long, funny, thrilling book.

- Wizard Of Oz5 star

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

- i love this book5 star

really good book

- The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.4 star

This was very fun to read.

- Boring1 star

The book was boring

- My review5 star

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

- An excellent read5 star

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

- The wonderful wizard of Oz5 star

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

- The wizard of oz5 star

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

- Great read5 star

Loved every second of reading it

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

It was a very good book

- Jlster3 star

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

- Excellent Book.5 star

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

- The wizard of oz3 star

I liked this book

- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz4 star

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

- Love it5 star

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- A great Book!5 star

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.

- Oz xx4 star

This book was so amazing I want to read it again

- Wonderful wizard of oz4 star

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 oz5 star

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.

- Great book5 star

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.

- The wonderful wizard of Ozz4 star

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

- Wow!!!5 star

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

- Oz5 star

It's so much better than the film.

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

Great book

- Wizard of oz5 star

Great read

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- The wiz of oz5 star

I'm was an adventure and was very very very nice

- The Wizard of Oz5 star

I enjoyed reading this story as much as the movie, which has always been a favorite of mine. It isn't exactly as the movie but is very good just the same.

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

This is a great book for vocabulary and is a good book for kids age 7 and up. I loved this book tremendously.

- Underwhelming1 star

I saw the movie in my child hood and decided to read the book it is based on as most books are better that the movie. This book was so bad that I couldn't wait until this dragged out story ended. 0/10 wouldn't read again

- Amazing Book5 star

I really love this book so I had to read it. I was in the Wizard Of Oz play and was the scarecrow so it was cool to read this book.

- Yes, Just Yes5 star

I would read it again

- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz5 star

Genius story telling at its finest. A novel the remains relevant even today. The only question I have is where is the movie based on the original story? I give credit to the original Judy Garland feature, but by today's standards, this would be one amazing movie!

- Amazing Book5 star

I am 2/3 the way throught the book (probably not even 3/4) but I can't put it down. -Jack The Magnificent

- Timeless beauty5 star

There is absolutely no better simple tale than this one. It appeals to all ages. I can't wait to read it to my grandchildren! It's amazing to see the huge differences between the movie and book. I loved them both and always have!

- Delightful5 star

I've watched the movie version a dozen times and always wanted to know the characters a little better. This book is just what I was looking for. It is a fun and enjoyable read.

- Great Book 😊5 star

This book was almost exactly like the movie but a few details were changed. The part that really caught my attention was when Dorothy and her friends were examining the "Land of Oz". I could just visualize what was going on and felt like I was in the book! If you have never watched the movie I recommend definitely watching it since the book was so great!

- Oz wizard awesomeness5 star

Baum has done a fantastic job creating a mesmerizing and beautiful story that everyone knows of. Enlightened my day and could not stop reading. Read this book! Must read!

- Better then the movie!5 star

This is not your Judy Garland movie. More action and magic then the movie! After reading the story the movie is a terrible version and should be rebooted with the true tale of "The Wizard of Oz".

- Fantastic5 star

I am in my schools play and I really enjoyed reading this book. The classic definitely helps understand the story much better.

- Amazing, and Easy Readable5 star

I loved the movie, but had to read this as an assignment, and loved the understanding, and how it wasn't as such a kids version. But a easy read as well. Deffinetly love the book More!😃😄😁😛😝

- Awesome5 star

I felt it was better than all the movies you need to read it. Or else your missing out on something BIG TIME

- Abridged or Unabridged…That is the Question!4 star

I remember reading this book when I was young…over and over again! It was a good read, however, I am not sure if this is an abridged version or not. Most of the time, I don’t care for abridged versions of books. I prefer the original. This book didn’t say if it was abridged or not, although I may have missed the notation. This is an excellant children’s book! While reading several of the other reviews, I thought I would add the reminder that this book was written for children. It has a lot of really creative imagery and symbolism hidden inside its pages. It is, in a way, meant for children’s dreams. It is NOT logical, nor does the characters use an amount of intelligence. I think the beauty of this story lies instead in the simplicity, the creativeness, the innocence of childhood. This is a perfect stepping-stone for growing readers. Soon, they will be ready for books like the “Dragon Keeper Chronicles” by Donita K. Paul. Those books are fantasy-allegory, and definitely worth the time to peruse several times over. But, really, the “Wizard of Oz” is best described as a masterpiece of a stepping-stone, a guide for young readers that they may realize that all things do not have to be as they seem, that they can defeat evil, and that there is always the land of dreams to explore!

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

The best book in the world

- Outstanding as always5 star

The movie was good, but the book will always be better!!! The story- Amazing

- Love5 star

I know the movie by heart and I want to see if the books the same

- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz5 star

This book had me imagining the whole story. It felt like I was right there with the group skipping along

- Amazing5 star

This book was an amazing story with some awsome twists

- Love this book😘5 star

This is the most best book ever❤️ the good thing is that it is free and enjoyable😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘😘😘😘🎁🎁💕💕😂❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈💁💁💁👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👌👌👌👌👌👊👊👊✊✊✊✌️✌️✌️ thumbs up

- The wonderful wizard of oz5 star

Very good book. I've had the movie before, but not as good as the book.

- fabulous5 star

i really loved this book it was absolutely amazing and i love the wizard and now i love it even more

- Cool5 star

I love it

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- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz5 star

I love this book! This book is amazing. I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end. And when I did, all I wanted to do is read it again!!!

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- Awesome5 star

I used this book for a book report hope i get an A luv this book😊

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