No childhood is complete without a trip down the Yellow Brick Road, and this lovely reprint of the original edition of L. Frank Baum's classic will transport young readers and listeners from the plains of Kansas to the shining towers of Oz. The tale is enhanced with 143 illustrations by W. W. Denslow and 23 color plates. Includes a new Introduction by Martin Gardner. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
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(216mm x 136mm x 20mm)
Dover Publications Inc.
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A lively and charming adaptation of the quintessential American fairytale. Caballero's black-and-white art uses clean lines, bold blacks and pleasingly variegated panel layouts to breathe fresh vigor into Baum's timeless classic. The storyline moves briskly while staying mostly faithful to the original text, though purists might cavil at the telescoping of Dorothy's admittedly redundant journey to Glinda's castle. The real delight here is the re-imagining of beloved characters for the 21st century, ironically reminiscent of Baum's own prairie populism. These Munchkins are no outre Art Deco midgets, but as friendly and familiar as Wal-Mart shoppers. The Tin Man becomes a genial robot with a buzz-saw appendage, and the Scarecrow a likable homeboy. Generous, openhearted Dorothy herself is clearly on the cusp of adolescence, spunky and self-reliant in her boot-cut jeans and Wonder Girl bracelets; and her magical silver shoes (no glittery ruby pumps here!) look comfortable and sturdy, far more sensible for the long trek down the Yellow Brick Road. By no means a substitute for the original, but certainly a worthy companion, and well able to stand on its own. (Graphic novel. 8+) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - L. Frank Baum
Best known as the author of the Wizard of Oz stories, L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) wrote many other fantasy novels, in addition to poems, short stories, and scripts for stage and screen. W. W. Denslow (1856-1915) is famous as the original illustrator of L. Frank Baum's many stories from the land of Oz.