It's time to kick off Classics Retold month! I am participating and I am going to cover The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum and any retelling I find interesting about it. So be on the watch all month for these. Today we are going to start with the original book!
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is an amazing classic! I am so surprised I hadn't read it before now. We are reading it in my Young Adult Book Club this month and discussing how great it is. Here is the goodreads description:
This is my first time reading The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. Shocking! I am so glad I read it. It really is a wonderful tale. Full of great characters and plots. Baum creates a wonderful world. I will for sure be carrying onto the other novels in the series. I am glad too that in the book Oz is not a dream. I can't stand when books/movies do that. You go the whole way only to find out it was all fake! The silver shoes in the book/red shoes in the movie has always bothered me too. I guess it was because they were trying to make use out of the movie being in color. Also the characters have to wear goggles with green lenses in Oz so that everything looked green. Even after the Wizard left people continued to wear them. If the Wizard left I would quit wearing those goggles! The Wicked Witch of the West is clearly not a big villain like in the movie. In the movie we know she is chasing Dorthy the whole time. The monkeys are EVIL and scary. In the book they were so friendly and just really wanted to be freed. I really enjoyed finding out their back story. I did think the story ended a little abrupt. Was a series planned? Or did the author just want to write this one book? One thing I LOVE LOVE about the movie is that Kansas is in black and white and OZ is in color. Very very clever!
I wish that by the end of the book the characters had found out that the Wizard gave them fake items and that in the end they had the heart, courage, and brains in them all along. I think that would've been a better moral to the story. As readers though I suppose since we know that items are fake the moral still comes across. Just think of how many people the Wizard faked out?
artist is Michael Sieben and I first heard about this book through Huffington post. What do you think of OZ? Do you have any favorite retellings?
Be sure to come back for my Off to Oz giveaway