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The world's best-loved children's stories set in large type for easy reading. -- Over 100 illustrations in each book


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30 review for The Wizard of Oz (Great Illustrated Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Seung Hoon

    The wizard of Oz is an adventure story of a girl from Kansas and her friends to a place called Oz. The girl Dorothy and her dog Toto got blown away by a cyclone to a country called Oz where she met four witches and a very famous wizard-the Wizard of Oz. She met the Scarecrow, Tin man and Cowardly Lion.They set for an adventure to find the Wizard of Oz and ask for help. They went to Emerald City and saw the Wizard of Oz but he said they need to kill the Witch of the West first. They killed the wi The wizard of Oz is an adventure story of a girl from Kansas and her friends to a place called Oz. The girl Dorothy and her dog Toto got blown away by a cyclone to a country called Oz where she met four witches and a very famous wizard-the Wizard of Oz. She met the Scarecrow, Tin man and Cowardly Lion.They set for an adventure to find the Wizard of Oz and ask for help. They went to Emerald City and saw the Wizard of Oz but he said they need to kill the Witch of the West first. They killed the witch and went back to Emerald city and discovered that the Wizard of Oz is an old man from Kansas. Dorothy and her friends were angry to the fake wizard and demanded to grant their wishes. The old man gave their wishes including Dorothy's wishes to go back in Kansas. But something happened and she did not go home together with the old man. The Witch of the South help her to go back home to Kansas. The story talks about the most important values like being brave, having heart, and being clever. The most exciting part is when Dorothy discovered that the Wizard of Oz is an old man from Kansas.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Becky Conley

    Such a great book. I recently found it at a Wizard of Oz festival, and it was one that I had as a child. So much different than the movie. And it is a beautiful read with so many pictures.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine H

    i think this book is wonderful. this book is perfect for people who like old fables.If you have read alice and wonderland you will love this book. A girl named dorathy lived at a small house and there was a storm and her house flew away. Unfortenantly she was in the house and she flew away. Read this book if you want to find out what happend.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leea

    As my boys get older (5 & 7), I want to share the classics with them we have started a nightly read. We are attempting to read at least a chapter a night but often that leads to more :) This first time we decided to read a beautifully illustrated shorter version of The Wizard of Oz Illustrated by Charles Santore. My boys were captivated by the story of Dorothy on her journey into the world of Oz. In fact they would rather read this book than watch cartoon or play games. We were all taken with th As my boys get older (5 & 7), I want to share the classics with them we have started a nightly read. We are attempting to read at least a chapter a night but often that leads to more :) This first time we decided to read a beautifully illustrated shorter version of The Wizard of Oz Illustrated by Charles Santore. My boys were captivated by the story of Dorothy on her journey into the world of Oz. In fact they would rather read this book than watch cartoon or play games. We were all taken with the magic of Dorothy and Tot meeting the good witch and traveling down the Yellow Brick Road. Which lead to use sing "follow the Yellow brick road" often and right before bed. There are part of this story that were not in the move, some that were a little violent. In the end I often glossed over them and kept reading. Now that were finished and Dorothy is back with Auntie Em and Uncle Henry on the prairies of Kansas, we're going to watch the classic move The Wizard of Oz. Up next for our family reads - Little House on the Prairie I leave you with "Somewhere over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland. A song my grandmother used to sing me to sleep with, so many fond memories.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Not much of an " adaptation" as the back of the book implies, more like a skimming off the top of the main plot points and central characters. It was the first "big-kid book" my 4.5 yr. old and i have completed together and I am glad that we shared this experience, even if the book was obscenely dumbed down from the original. It was a good starting point for her as a young reader (or listener) and for me to gauge what she will be interested and intrigued by in the future. She was pleasantly su Not much of an " adaptation" as the back of the book implies, more like a skimming off the top of the main plot points and central characters. It was the first "big-kid book" my 4.5 yr. old and i have completed together and I am glad that we shared this experience, even if the book was obscenely dumbed down from the original. It was a good starting point for her as a young reader (or listener) and for me to gauge what she will be interested and intrigued by in the future. She was pleasantly surprised that the there were additional characters in the book that she was not familiar with from the movie. The people made of china were an interesting addition, as was the the fact that winged monkeys (and other characters we had presumed were inherently bad) were not so bad after all. Equally pleased was I by my daughter's comprehension of certain complex emotional interactions between characters. I realize now I may have been really underestimating her capabilities for observing, evaluating, and forming her own conclusions on a variety of situations.; a valuable piece of information for me as a mother. So, although you will find no great literary adaptation here, it was nonetheless a fun and easy read. A good book to share with the little munchkins in your life.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    I read this book because The Wizard of Oz is a classic, and it was only two dollars at Goodwill. In the story, an orphan named Dorothy and her dog Toto get caught in a cyclone and are taken to the Land of Oz. She heads to the Emerald City so she can have her, and the friends she made along the way, to be granted. My favorite quote in the story was, "Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?" I think this quote is very accurate, and it made me laugh for a moment. I c I read this book because The Wizard of Oz is a classic, and it was only two dollars at Goodwill. In the story, an orphan named Dorothy and her dog Toto get caught in a cyclone and are taken to the Land of Oz. She heads to the Emerald City so she can have her, and the friends she made along the way, to be granted. My favorite quote in the story was, "Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?" I think this quote is very accurate, and it made me laugh for a moment. I can tell that this book was made to entertain children because of the basic vocabulary, but the plot is enjoyable for grown ups as well. I was fond of the descriptive words the author used to describe the scenery and the characters' longing emotions. It helped me visualize what it was like to be Dorothy and how it felt to be homesick and determined. I suggest this book to everyone, young or old, because it can easily make them warm, blissful, and turn you into a little ball of sunshine no matter what age. :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

    I read this to my son (he was given it as a gift) and was thoroughly disappointed. In the future, I will not read any of these "adapted" versions. All of the descriptive language of the book was eliminated for some cheesy black and white drawings. It felt like reading a comic book. While I haven't read the original, I know there is more substance to it just based on book length alone. I don't understand why this type of book even exists, it is a bastardization of literature, an insult to the aut I read this to my son (he was given it as a gift) and was thoroughly disappointed. In the future, I will not read any of these "adapted" versions. All of the descriptive language of the book was eliminated for some cheesy black and white drawings. It felt like reading a comic book. While I haven't read the original, I know there is more substance to it just based on book length alone. I don't understand why this type of book even exists, it is a bastardization of literature, an insult to the author and the reader and does a complete disservice to the work. Boo to adaptations-if it isn't broke don't fix it. Lesson learned.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This was the first novel I ever read! I don't think it was this version because I'm pretty sure the edition I read was well over 400 pages, but I cant seem to find it so here I am. This book is a classic. The story is absolutely wonderful and I remember reading it as fast as my little eyes could because of how captivated I was by the plot. It's so enjoyable and light-hearted. Honestly, I don't know what else I could write about it because everyone knows the story of the Oz, Dorothy and her friends This was the first novel I ever read! I don't think it was this version because I'm pretty sure the edition I read was well over 400 pages, but I cant seem to find it so here I am. This book is a classic. The story is absolutely wonderful and I remember reading it as fast as my little eyes could because of how captivated I was by the plot. It's so enjoyable and light-hearted. Honestly, I don't know what else I could write about it because everyone knows the story of the Oz, Dorothy and her friends, the Wicked Witch of the West, etc. I loved it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Martina

    Next book my daughter and I are reading while she eats breakfast!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Scott

    The Wizard of Oz is written by L. Frank Baum. The Wizard of Oz is one of the most classics of all time! Dorothy lives with her aunt and uncle on their farm in Kansas. When one day a cyclone comes and takes Dorothy away to a magical land called Oz. In Oz she is told if she wants to get home she needs to see the Wizard of OZ. On her way she picks up friends who would like to see the wizard as well. Dorothy must kill the Wicked Witch before she can return home to her aunt and uncle. I loved this bo The Wizard of Oz is written by L. Frank Baum. The Wizard of Oz is one of the most classics of all time! Dorothy lives with her aunt and uncle on their farm in Kansas. When one day a cyclone comes and takes Dorothy away to a magical land called Oz. In Oz she is told if she wants to get home she needs to see the Wizard of OZ. On her way she picks up friends who would like to see the wizard as well. Dorothy must kill the Wicked Witch before she can return home to her aunt and uncle. I loved this book so much that I went home after I finished reading it and watched the movie. I enjoyed it because I love going on adventures, and Dorothy goes to this mysterious land, finds friends, and fights the wicked witch. My favorite character is the Tin Man because he wants a heart and is very kind. My favorite quote from the Wizard of Oz is from the Tin Man is “I shall take the heart for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” My least favorite character is the Wicked Witch, because she tries to steal Dorothy’s magical slippers so she can have power. Which power can make you do crazy things, like send flying monkeys to capture people. I would definitely recommend this book if you like fantasy, adventurous, or classic books!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maximillian Meyerhofer

    Personal Response: I did not like this book very much. I have seen the movie, and I never liked that, so this book didn't float my boat. This book was a little different than the movie at the end at the end of the book. Even with the different ending, I still thought it was not the greatest book, but it wasn't that bad. Summary: Dorthy and her dog Toto get blown away by a cyclone to a beautiful country called Oz. When their house lands, they land on the wicked witch of the east in the land of the Personal Response: I did not like this book very much. I have seen the movie, and I never liked that, so this book didn't float my boat. This book was a little different than the movie at the end at the end of the book. Even with the different ending, I still thought it was not the greatest book, but it wasn't that bad. Summary: Dorthy and her dog Toto get blown away by a cyclone to a beautiful country called Oz. When their house lands, they land on the wicked witch of the east in the land of the Winkies. When she steps out of her house the slippers that were on the witch magically go on her feet. Then she meets the Winkies and they are so happy she killed the witch. Dorthy asks if she can get back to Kansas and they all say no they don't know how. Then the good witch of the north magically appears and says "follow the yellow brick road and there you will find Emerald city and the Great and Powerful Oz." On her way to Emerald City, she stumbles upon a Scarecrow who wants brains, a tin man who needs a heart and a lion who needs courage so they all go to Emerald city together. When they get to Emerald City they all ask the Great Oz for what they need, but he always tells them to kill the wicked witch of the west so they set out on a mission to do so. On there way there the Wicked Witch sends out these flying monkeys to hurt the Scarecrow and the Tinman. The monkeys destroy those two and take the lion and Dorothy hostage. While in the castle the WItch tries to enslave them and they both say no. One day the Witch makes a rope invisible and Dorothy trips and the witch gets one magical shoe and Dorothy screams and throws water on her and she melts. Then they call the monkeys in to save her friends and bring them back to Emerald City. When they reach emerald city they talk to the Oz and he cannot grant there wish. Then they notice that it's a little bald dude whos an apprentice wizard. The Oz gives them a ¨fake¨ brain, heart, and potion of courage to make it seem like they got what they want. Then he tells Dorothy I can take you on a hot air balloon all the way to Kansas. When the Oz gets in the balloon there is to much power and the rope breaks and she cant get home. They then go to a good witch of the north castle and use her magical slippers and get home safely. Recommendation: I would recommend this book to any of the age 10 and up. I say this because it's a childish book that is shortened up than the actual thing. That meaning its perfect for an adult to read to there child or anyone in high school read by there self. It is also a good story that children would love.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tylerclem

    I read this book many times and I read it again because I like it. I even did a play when I was in kindergarten. I was a scarecrow... Anyway, the story of this book is a girl with some other character goes to meet Oz, who has the magic power so the girl can go back to her house and some other character can have what they want. Like the scarecrow wants a brain, the Tin Woodman wants a heart so he can have a "feeling". Each character is helping each other to get what they want. This story is reall I read this book many times and I read it again because I like it. I even did a play when I was in kindergarten. I was a scarecrow... Anyway, the story of this book is a girl with some other character goes to meet Oz, who has the magic power so the girl can go back to her house and some other character can have what they want. Like the scarecrow wants a brain, the Tin Woodman wants a heart so he can have a "feeling". Each character is helping each other to get what they want. This story is really good for everyone. I really like the story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I really enjoyed The Wizard of Oz. I read this book with my second grade class. It is a very easy ready. My students and I greatly enjoyed it. We liked the different lands that the characters traveled to. They were very unique and unlike any other places that I've aver read about before. This is also a really funny book. The characters are very funny. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like to read about magical lands, and to teachers who would like to have a quick and easy rea I really enjoyed The Wizard of Oz. I read this book with my second grade class. It is a very easy ready. My students and I greatly enjoyed it. We liked the different lands that the characters traveled to. They were very unique and unlike any other places that I've aver read about before. This is also a really funny book. The characters are very funny. I would definitely recommend this book to people who like to read about magical lands, and to teachers who would like to have a quick and easy read that is sure to make students smile.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Adapted by Diedre S. Laiken) is about Dorothy and her adventure to find the great Oz to send her back home to Kansas after a cyclone brought her upon this magical land. I recommend this book to 6th graders because I know at some point we lose our imagination and this can really create a magical image in our heads because of all the excitement in this classic story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    George Siehl

    I'm sure this must be a re-read, but I can't remember when my first reading of this children's classic was. A pleasant moral tale with the lesson that we have the ability to deal with our perceived shortcomings if we apply the right frame of mind. I'm reading it how for a writing group assignment to repurpose a character from a fairy tale or other work of kids lit. I'm going to interview Toto for his take on how things went.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    My 8 year old said she gives this book 20 stars out of five! That is high praise coming from her; my child who reads beautifully but does so very reluctantly. Of course, I would much prefer she read the unabridged versions, but these are by far better than most books that are popular for her age. For now, I will gladly collect more Great Illustrated Classics and keep encouraging to challenge herself with the real literature.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Thunder

    I think this book was pretty good for its time. I thought there were some parts missing though, because (WARNING: Spoilers ahead!) the wizard told Dorothy, the tin man and the scarecrow to kill the wicked witch of the west, but he told the lion to bring back proof that she was dead! And guess what? The book didn't say that they brought back proof! But yet the wizard still granted everyone's (including the lion!) wishes.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daya

    A classic that should be read. I have heard of this book countlesa of times but never had the chance to actually read it myself. It was a pretty good book, but nonetheless a children's book (at least in my opinion). It was definitely fun discovering the world that they are at the same time trying to explore.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This version of the book was extremely simplified and I read it within 45 minutes. It was a fun read nonetheless but a little boring but I think that's due to the target audience.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laila Phuntsok

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked that the silver slippers brought Dorthy home in the end

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mike Westra

    Genre: Fantasy Unique Feature: many pictures, captions, and large print make this story easy and enjoyable to get lost in. Grades: 4-8

  22. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    It’s a great adaptation and introduction for young readers and a fun refresher for those that have already read the original.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carmel

    I remain unsure if I read the annotated version or the original, but what a delight this was to read aloud to my 7-year old. Text was simple yet engaging and the story line was perfect for an older kid (people die, mostly bad ones, and there's a lot of good vs evil and strategic thinking... therefore a younger reader/listener may not grasp the full story). Highly recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karim Elmenshawy

    How to work as team? ....That what story said .....

  25. 4 out of 5

    John H.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Fantasy/Classic

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gary Beesinger

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So different from the movie. Very violent.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stella

    Nice illustrations, but rereading this as an adult it has been oversimplified and abridged way too much. I think kids deserve to be read the longer originals of classics like this.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maria De Groot

    Just as wonderful now as when I was a child!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    it was WILD.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dylan

    This book was really good and it showed me and taught me to be brave and confident against any problem.

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