[Read by Anna Fields]
This, the complete and unabridged original tale that provided us with the best-loved classic movie, stands on its own as a great modern-day fairy tale.
It is the story of a little girl, Dorothy, and her dog, Toto, whisked away on a cyclone from their drab Kansas home to a land of adventure and achievement inhabited by such creatures as a Cowardly Lion, a Tin Woodman, an animate Scarecrow, a witch, and the Wizard himself. Join them on their enchanting journey along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the wonderful wizard in the enchanted Emerald City.
For many of us, the adventures of Dorothy in Oz will forever be associated not with Judy Garland singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" but with W. W. Denslow's exceedingly odd line drawings for the original editions of Baum's Oz series. The Viennese artist Lisbeth Zwerger, however, goes a long way toward providing a new and refreshed set of images for the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the humbug wizard. These illustrations are often cockeyed, with occasional realistic details thrown in, like a crow with a corncob in its beak in the first portrait of the Scarecrow. The characters have a poignance and oddity that escaped the makers of the Oz movie.