Young Dorothy Gale, caught inside her house and in the path of an oncoming cyclone, is whisked up into the skies and transported to the magical land of Oz. Hoping that the famous Wizard of Oz will be able to send her home, Dorothy journeys to the Emerald City - on the way meeting a group of new friends who attempt to protect her from the Wicked Witch of the West. This beloved children's book has been adapted into a play, a stage musical, and an unforgettable film.
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.