The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) is a timeless children's story by Lyman Frank Baum. A young girl, Dorothy, lives in Kansas with her uncle Henry. A tornado strikes, and Dorothy finds her house in a strange land and upside down on top of the now-dead the Wicked Witch of the East. Dorothy wants to go home, and the Good Witch of the North tells her to travel to the Emerald City and ask the Wizard of Oz to help her.
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.