15 February 2013

The Wizard of Oz

Reviewer: Kelsey
Author: L. Frank Baum
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Rating: 6 out of 10

Summary (from Goodreads): Dorothy thinks she's lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival - will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?

Quick View: It really threw me off to find out that Dorothy was actually a very young girl. This changes the entire feel of the novel. I had to change what I thought about it since, in the movie, Dorothy is played by a much older actress. It took a bit of getting used too but I managed.

Also, it was hard to remember the time the story took. She was with the witch for a lot longer than it looks in the movie. I guess, in the end, one really must just avoid bringing their preconceived notions about a book to their reading because they saw the movie.

I thought the book was quite simplistic however. It was definitely a quick read and, if we are being honest, was probably meant for children to read. I couldn't resist; it's a classic.

So: If you enjoyed the movie than you should check out the original but don't expect them to be the same; for such a short book, they left a lot out of the movie! Try going into the book forgetting that you ever watched the movie. It's a quick and fun read. If you like classics then take a look at this book!

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