Children will delight in the adventures of Dorothy and her friends as they visit Oz. Frank Baum was a famous author of children's books. He is best noted for his book The Wizard of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz follows the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone and they find themselves in a strange land called Oz. Here she meets the munchkins and joins the scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion on an unforgettable journey to the Emerald City, where lives the all-powerful Wizard of Oz. This book is recommended for grades 4-7.
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.