Dorothy and her dog Toto spend their days living on the bleak Kansas farm of her Uncle Henry and Aunt Em. One magical day Dorothy and Toto are transported out of the grey dreary land of Kansas to the bright and fantastic world of Oz. The world is colorful and brilliant; however, Dorothy soon yearns to be with her family again. She must travel to the Emerald City to meet the Great and Powerful Oz to find a way back home. Travel with her and the friends she meets along the yellow brick road in the book that has been recognized as the first true American fairy tale.
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.