The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

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Along the Yellow Brick Road they go - Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion. They're off to the Emerald City to meet the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Frank L. Baum's novel is retold by James Riordan.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 200 x 280mm | 333g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • colour and b&w illustrations, bibliography
  • 0192741888
  • 9780192741882

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A lively and charming adaptation of the quintessential American fairytale. Caballero's black-and-white art uses clean lines, bold blacks and pleasingly variegated panel layouts to breathe fresh vigor into Baum's timeless classic. The storyline moves briskly while staying mostly faithful to the original text, though purists might cavil at the telescoping of Dorothy's admittedly redundant journey to Glinda's castle. The real delight here is the re-imagining of beloved characters for the 21st century, ironically reminiscent of Baum's own prairie populism. These Munchkins are no outre Art Deco midgets, but as friendly and familiar as Wal-Mart shoppers. The Tin Man becomes a genial robot with a buzz-saw appendage, and the Scarecrow a likable homeboy. Generous, openhearted Dorothy herself is clearly on the cusp of adolescence, spunky and self-reliant in her boot-cut jeans and Wonder Girl bracelets; and her magical silver shoes (no glittery ruby pumps here!) look comfortable and sturdy, far more sensible for the long trek down the Yellow Brick Road. By no means a substitute for the original, but certainly a worthy companion, and well able to stand on its own. (Graphic novel. 8+) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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