The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Reading Challenge Category: A classic I’ve been meaning to read
Official Book Blurb:
Swept away by a cyclone from the Kansas prairies to the Land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, must find their way home. Traveling to the Emerald City with a new band of friends—the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion—Dorothy’s fate is in the hands of a great and terrible wizard. But a wicked enemy stands in her way.
For readers familiar only with the iconic 1939 film, delightful surprises are in store along Baum’s original yellow brick road. Considered “America’s first fairy tale,” The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has found a home in the collective imagination of the entire world.
Well, I cheated on this category slightly as there weren’t any classics that I had been meaning to read. So, I found one that only had 136 pages and that I knew would be an easy read as it was intended for children! I had watched the films many years ago, and they were terrifying!! The book is very strange as it is written very simplistically as if written by a child, and some of the things that happen could only happen in a children’s book. For example, they are hungry, so they go up to a random house, ask for some food, they are invited in, given a warm meal and go on their merry way! Everyone is happy! However, there are other parts of the book that are not that child-friendly and are a little like I remember the film to be. It is a bit frightening such as when they first encounter the winged monkeys, and they tear the scarecrow to pieces. All in all, it was a bizarre read, and I was glad it was no longer than 136 pages, and I could tick this category off my list quickly and efficiently!