A true classic of American literature and possibly the first true American fairy tale; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has thrilled readers for more than a century. First published in 1900, L. Frank Baumâ€™s story of Dorothyâ€™s trip to the land of Oz on a tornado and all of the fantastic characters that she meets there. Rediscover the original story and travel along the yellow-brick road to the Emerald City with Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda, the Wizard, the Munchkins, the winged monkeys and the Wicked Witch as they learn important lessons about themselves along the way and Dorothy learns that thereâ€™s no place like home.
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.