Few works have captured the imagination of an entire nation as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (more commonly known as The Wizard of Oz). Immortalized in 1939s The Wizard of Oz film, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the tale of Dorothy who finds herself in the magical Land of Oz. There, she meets the Scarecrow, who says he lacks a brain and wishes to have one; the Tin Woodman, who says he lacks a heart and desires one; and the Cowardly Lion, who above all desires courage.
She meets a whole cast of other characters as well: the Good Witch of the North, the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the West, and, of course, Oz – who is not who Dorothy thinks he is. Throughout it all, her faithful dog, Toto is at her side.
Baum was in part inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll rejected the Victorian notion that children’s books ought to be moralized; instead, he contended that they should be fun & pleasurable to read, with pictures and a main character that children could identify with: a child, like themselves. Baum took that to heart and wrote a fun book that, in the end, was enjoyable for both children & adults
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.