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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: George M. Hill Company
Pages: 0
Personal Rating: 9/10
Amazon: 4.5/5
Goodreads: 4/5
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Found in:The Treasury of Oz [2007]
The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels [2014]
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.
A classic book that started off a wonderful series that every kid should read.
In 1957, the director of Detroit's libraries banned The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for having "no value" for children of his day, for supporting "negativism", and for bringing children's minds to a "cowardly level". Professor Russel B. Nye of Michigan State University countered that "if the message of the Oz books—love, kindness, and unselfishness make the world a better place—seems of no value today", then maybe the time is ripe for "reassess[ing] a good many other things besides the Detroit library's approved list of children's books".
This classic story inspired several adaptations, some more faithful than others. A brief selection includes the 1939 The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland; the 1978 movie The Wiz, with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson; and the 2007 SciFi Channel Miniseries Tin Man with Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, and Neal McDonnough. There was also a prequel movie--Oz the Great and Powerful--in 2013, directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco.