If you've only seen the movie, you'll want to read what you've been missing in a new edition of this classic of children's literature! This smart and largely unsentimental story follows Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion on their adventures in the land of Oz. Witches (good and evil), a wizard (befuddled), flying monkeys, Munchkins, Winkies, porcelain people, a mouse queen, a giant spider and other enchanting characters fill this magical land with charm and humor that will be appreciated by children and adults. Share it with someone you love!
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.