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Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land of Oz. To get home Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City and find the wonderfully mysterious Wizard of Oz. Together with her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion whom she meets on the way, Dorothy embarks on a strange and enchanting adventure. With a charming introduction by award-winning Cornelia Funke, The Wizard of Oz is one of the twenty wonderful classics being relaunched in Puffin Classics in March 2015.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141321028
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/27/2008
Series: Puffin Classics Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 53,655
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Frank L. Baum (1856-1919) was born in New York. He enjoyed making up stories, particularly for his own children. The Wizard of Oz, based on their favourite bedtime story about a land of Oz, was published in 1900 and it immediately became a huge international success. He wrote several sequels and numerous other kinds of books under a pseudonym.

Date of Birth:

May 15, 1856

Date of Death:

May 6, 1919

Place of Birth:

Chittenango, New York

Place of Death:

Hollywood, California


Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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The Wizard of Oz (Oz Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 179 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am fourteen. I grew up as a young boy watching and loving the movie. At age nine or ten, I came across the book in a small bookstore in a mall. My parents bought it for me and I read it in a few days. I absolutely loved it. After reading the book, the movie isn't that great anymore; it's just another classic musical. The book is so amazingly descriptive and the movie left out or changed so much of the adventure, it's somewhat disapointing. I like all the characters much better in the book. I would tell you more detail of what lies between the wonderful covers of this wonderful book, but there are those who have yet to explore the world of Oz and I don't want to ruin it for them. This is one of my favorite books and I wish more people would pick it up and read it, instead of watching the half-(not appropriate word) job they did in the musical. Horray for L. Frank Baum!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book it has sooooooo much detail. In the movie it changes so many thing. I like the book better than the movie. I also read this book in school. My class was surprised how much it changed and how much they like it. After we read the book we watched the movie and my class was disapointed at how much they left out of the movie. I llllllllllllllllllllloooooooooovvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee this book sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much that I could have read this book seven million times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wizard of Oz was written in 1986 by Lyman Frank Baum, published by Exter Books and 150 pages, is fiction and about a girl and her dog who meet new people in their adventures through a strange land. There are four main settings for this book. The first part of the book takes place in Dorothy¿s house in Kansas. The second setting is in munchkin land, then the yellow brick road and the last setting is in Emerald City, the Land of Oz. The book is written in third person and the protagonist is Dorothy, the main character. On her journey Dorothy meets three people who come along with her to the great Oz. The first person she meets is the scarecrow he wants a brain because he is made out of straw. The second person she meets is the lion he wants courage because he is a coward. The third person she meets is the tin man he wants a heart because he is made out of tin. In the beginning of The Wizard of Oz Dorothy¿s house is blow in a tornado to Munchkin land there she meets a good witch and tells her that she wants to get back to Kansas. The good witch tells her to follow the yellow brick road to the city of Oz. On the yellow brick road she meets a scarecrow, a lion, and a tin man. One of the major events is that Dorothy¿s house gets blown from Kansas to Munchkin land. Another main event is when Dorothy makes it to the city of Oz with all of her new friends. The author achieved his purpose and the writing was very well organized and beautiful. There were not very many inconsistencies in the book it was very well thought out. The book was very good and interesting it was one of the few books that I liked. I would recommend this book to everyone it is and easy read but a good one. I think the grade level for this book should be around 4th or 5th grade.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved wizard of oz because of it's descritive writing.Reading this book sometimes was the highlight of my day.I could relate all the characters,but mostly the lion because sometimes you don't want to be a coward.this book was GREAT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This could be an adult book or anyones bok if they just took the tie to sit down and actully open the book and read yes read read read adults Naval83
cinammonbunny More than 1 year ago
This book was written so long ago, but when you read it, it feels like you can understand every word! Usually, these classics are kind of hard to understand, because they were written so long ago. But this book, is great! You can fully understand it, the characters are great, and it is very descriptive. This is a book everyone should read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this particular issue of this classic story because of the cover. I am a Mary Engelbreit fan and purchase all of her books. Imagine my disappointment to open this sealed book to discover no inside illustrations. I have several copies of "The Wizard of Oz", I didn't need another, I just wanted to see Mary Engelbreit's interpretation of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One, this is a great book and the rest of the sereise is absalutly fabulous. And secontly, if you are triying to find your next amazing read, and you are looking at reveiws I have peice of advice...the reveiws ar all the same for every vertion of the origional text. It is an absalute time-suck and therefore very unnessisary. Please read this book seeing as it will benifit you. If you can't stand porly writen littature ( like myself ) you will appreciate this fictional peice. I speak as a child who can't stand a porly writen book. Read this book. It is truly amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes this is a vary good book and its one of my favorites ive read this when i was 8 years old . This is vary appopite for childern under age
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like poeple that don`t say mean things about books :)): ;/):
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Toto the dog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book but (sorry barnes and noble) the sample wasnt good! It was only on page of the actual story. The rest was foreword and contents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I abosolutley love it it is so cool i had to read it for summer readingand when i started i was on page 5when i finished i was on page 48 and i read it in 1 day people who have not read it you need to read it right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsomw book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the wrost book i have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like a really good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All you complaining about this book... you know it was written for first-graders learning to read, right?
gingbud More than 1 year ago
I bought the Classic Illustrated Junior the Wizard of Oz for my Nook Color because my 5 year old son is a Wizard of Oz fanatic! We are always looking for new illustrated versions of the story for him. This edition is a nicely condensed form of the original story. Since reading a chapter book would be too much for his attention span, this book is a nice alternative. I would recommend it to anyone with young children or fans of any age!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great u should read it this book would be great for little kids ages 5and up even though it says step up to reading who cares i swim and play softball and i would read it on meet day or agame great book i know some people look for books that are good for age so that is why i put it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a wonderful book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the movie and the book. They are both awsome.:) ;) =-]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it as a gift for a friend of my daughter, however I will definitely buy it for our home collection as well. It is beautifully illustrated and if you love Wizard of Oz you should have it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story and gift necklace included! Wonderful as a gift!
martsie More than 1 year ago
I have read this story and seen the movie time and time, I'm sharing it with my granddaughter and we love it!
adrienne_marie More than 1 year ago
my nephew loves the wizard of oz so i thought i should get him the book for his birthday. he loves to call me to tell me how far along he is in the book and how much he loves it.