To The Land of Oz We Go… And Many More

The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels 

Author: L. Frank Baum

Genre: Fantasy Literature, Children’s Literature

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Fall River Press

Publication: 2013

Pages: 728

Goodreads Synopsis: Oz, the Great Wizard! The very name of L. Frank Baum’s magical character conjures a world where diminutive munchkins live and work, wicked witches run riot, and the mighty Oz himself rules over an Emerald City reached by a yellow brick road. The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels is your passport to this marvelous realm and wonders that have enchanted readers young and old for more than a century. Lavishly illustrated by W. W. Denslow and John R. Neill, this volume includes:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz

Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟/5

REVIEW: Love when books transport me to different realms! A plethora of fairylands exist in this collection.

The Wizard of Oz:The First Five Novels are whimsical and full of magical moments. At times it would drag a bit but then I would be sucked right back in. These books are more than just Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. The fantastical friends Dorothy makes along the way make this read even more heartwarming and memorable. It is sweet and endearing as well as playful and ever-growing.

This is a book that I had in mind for awhile and finally got around to reading the collection.  My main reason for this was it is mainly youth oriented. Once I began reading, I realized that our inner child comes out and all perceptions just fade away.

This is one of those reads that you may want to take your time with, reading in-between other books. I found I would step away from it for a bit and be transported right back the minute I picked it up again . If you’re reading to your little ones I am sure they would enjoy it just as much or even more.

The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels take you to lands where lunch/dinner boxes grow on trees, and towns folk are made invisible by a mouth watering fruit (a necessity due to a lingering danger to their existence).Transported next to lands where the people are made up of vegetables and floating in the air is just another part of their day. Or a land above the clouds where wooden gargoyles reside and everything there is wood as well.

We see many curious creatures made by magical potions. A man created out of wooden pieces for its body and a pumpkin for a head, as well as a wooden horse brought to life. Extremely tiny piglets from the island of Teenty-Weent, who speak, join in on one of Oz’s wizarding tricks. It gets more and more interesting and wildly amusing as you continue from one book to the next.

We, as the reading audience, are continuously reminded of the meaning of true friendship, loyalty, bravery, and the want and desire to believe in the unbelievable. This book is wonderfully put together and I will be making sure to read the remainder of these novels as soon as possible.

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