Review: The Wonderful Wizard of OZ
Author: L. Frank Baum
Illustrated by: Michael Sieben
Published: February 19, 2013
Published by: Harper Design
Hardback, 224 pages
Genre: middle grade, fantasy
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the first book in the Land of Oz series although Baum did not originally intend for Oz to be a series. The story chronicles the adventures of Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz, after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a storm and deposited in a field in Munchkin Country. The falling house kills the evil ruler of the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the East. Lyman Frank Baum was an American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and other works.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is timeless. Even if you haven't read the book, you've probably watched the movie. I know I've watched more times than I can count. The book was first published in the early 1900's. Since then it's been re-printed numerous times as well as become a Broadway musical and a very popular film. I don't think I can really say anything new about this amazing book except if you haven't read it, you should. It's different (no spoilers) from the what you've seen on screen, and it's definitely worth it.
Instead I'd like to talk a little bit about this newest edition with art work by Michael Sieben. I absolutely love it. The book jacket really pulls you in. It's brightly colored with a bit of a cartoon feel that will appeal to all ages. Every chapter is filled with Sieben's artistic vision. It really makes the book come alive even more. I think this is one book that everyone should read. L. Frank Baum said it best, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out."