The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, by L. Frank Baum - Akasha Classics, AkashaPublishing.Com - Experience L. Frank Baum's most famous and fabulous story in its original form. Dorothy and her dog Toto live on a farm in Kansas. When a tornado strikes their house, they are swept away to the strange and wonderful land of Oz. There they meet witches (both evil and good), a talking scarecrow, a creaky tin man, a timid lion, and many other fantastical creatures. Will the help of their new friends be enough to safely reach the Emerald City where the great Wizard can show them how to get back home? One of the most memorable fantasy worlds ever created, Oz is sure to enchant both the newcomer and the repeat visitor.
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.