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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum
By: (1856-1919)

Its publication soon after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake got readers instantly hooked on the story in which Dorothy and her friends sink into the bowels of the earth, following a devastating earthquake in California. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is the fourth in the series of books written by American children's author L. Frank Baum.

In this novel, Dorothy visits her Uncle Henry in his California ranch. She, her friends, her cousins and a few pets are traveling in a buggy when the earth suddenly splits open and the entire lot falls into the crack. From here on, a series of adventures follows, with the children having bizarre encounters in the Land of the Mangaboos which is inhabited by the Vegetable People. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz suddenly makes his appearance and together, they all travel onto further amazing countries. Princess Ozma appears to rescue Dorothy and her companions as they meet one disaster after another.

Though Lyman Frank Baum wrote more than 50 novels, many short stories and hundreds of poems, he is today known almost exclusively as the author of the Oz stories. Born into immense wealth and privilege, he however, led an unhappy childhood as a sickly and weak youngster. His wealthy father purchased a small printing press to keep him occupied with writing, and young Frank and his brothers produced a home newspaper to entertain the family. This early enterprise provided the germ of a writing career that, however, earned critical and financial acclaim only when Frank was more than forty years of age. The first of the Oz books, written after a failed career in theater, was published in 1900. It was hugely successful and L. Frank Baum went on to write thirteen more in the series. Though he tried to abandon the series several times out of sheer boredom, the flood of letters from children clamoring for more, publisher's demands and the disaster that his other books met with compelled him to continue.

Today, the Oz phenomenon has resulted in theme parks, stage and screen shows, musicals, comics, merchandise, adaptations, translations into world languages, television and animation series. Baum himself set up the Oz Film Company and had plans to set up an Oz themed amusement park in his lifetime.

The appeal of Oz and its uncanny predictions of a world that was to come with augmented reality, laptops, wireless phones, women in male dominated occupations and a host of other innovations all make the series interesting and innovative. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz makes a great addition to your Oz collection.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 18, 2019
this reader is really good
Reviewer: - August 10, 2017
Subject: Dorothy and the wizard in oz
It's great I love the book so much
Reviewer: - February 2, 2017
I love this book, although boring at parts
Reviewer: - January 30, 2017
Subject: book
I like this book a lot! Not as good as the other ones though
Reviewer: - January 25, 2017
Subject: Dorothy and the Wizard
I love this book! Phils voice is all right though
Reviewer: - August 1, 2016
This is my second book from L.frank Baum. and I think this book is the most amazing book that I have ever read!
Reviewer: - June 25, 2016
Subject: story
OMG! This book is awesome!
Reviewer: - December 26, 2015
This is one of my all-time favorite books! Thank you so much for this.
Reviewer: - February 3, 2015
Subject: Review
A great story! Write more of the OZ story please. I enjoy it very much!
Reviewer: - January 11, 2014
Subject: Review
I loved this forgotten book! Never knew it even existed! I highly recommend it. Love Phil's voice! Thank you for reading this book.

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