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When Dorothy and her little dog Toto are caught in a tornado, they and their Kansas farmhouse are suddenly transported to Oz, where Munchkins live, monkeys fly and Wicked Witches rule Desperate to return home, and with the Wicked Witch of the West on their trail, Dorothy and Toto together with new friends the Tin Woodsman, Scarecrow and cowardly Lion embark on a fantastic quest along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Emerald City There they hope to meet the legendary, all powerful Wizard of Oz, who alone may hold the power to grant their every wishJust as captivating as it was a hundred years ago, this is a story that all ages will love To Oz To Oz The film version of The Wizard of Oz is such an important part of American history that I most likely had it memorized by the time I was eight years old Between the music, images changing from black and white to color, and the defeat of a wicked witch, the movie was simply magical Being a tomboy, however, my reading interests as a child were never inclined toward classic books such as Little Women and, of course, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Having my interest piqued by the yearly To Oz To Oz The film version of The Wizard of Oz is such an important part of American history that I most likely had it memorized by the time I was eight years old Between the music, images changing from black and white to color, and the defeat of a wicked witch, the movie was simply magical Being a tomboy, however, my reading interests as a child were never inclined toward classic books such as Little Women and, of course, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Having my interest piqued by the yearly viewing of this movie at Thanksgiving, I decided to finally read this children s classic book for myself Lyman Frank Baum had been struggling in business and needed to be able to support his family of five children Life in the circus had failed, so he turned to writing Morally supported by his wife Maud, Baum turned to writing enduring children s classics like the ones he grew up reading Setting out to write a classic piece of children s literature, Baum started the saga of Dorothy of Kansas that later became the Wonderful Wizard of Oz When Baum died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 1920, he had penned one Oz story a year since 1900 His family had moved to the sleepy village of Hollywood, and the Baum family lived off of royalties generated from the Oz books and subsequent attempts at stage versions The first story entitled the Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the most successful and lead to Baum leading the writing life that he strived to attain as a child Although Baum did not live to see the movie version of his book, he would be pleased to know that children and adults are still reading his stories over one hundred years later The story of Dorothy that has been preserved on film is actually only the first half of the book In this half Dorothy and Toto ride in their house is carried in a cyclone from Kansas to Oz Upon landing, they are heralded by the munchkins who laud them for killing the Wicked Witch of the East Yet, Dorothy only wants to return home to her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry There is no music here, only advice to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and seek advice from the great and terrible wizard of Oz Along the way, Dorothy meets friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion The four all desire that Oz help them attain what they want most and assist Dorothy on her journey Until they reach the magical city, there is no witch or conflict to speak of, only creatures of assorted shapes and sizes who are happy to help Dorothy find her way home The wicked witch of the West does make a brief appearance when Oz tasks Dorothy with killing her The melting scene is short and without much drama Perhaps a child would be scared by the witch and her winged monkeys as I know I was as a child As an adult who is reading the book for posterity, the witch s appearance was anti climatic because I know how the story inevitably ends For a girl, however Dorothy exhibits much bravery on her journey in facing the powerful witch alone and all these years later is still a magical heroine for young girls Perhaps one reason why this story has endured is because of the lack of conflict which translates well to a feel good musical on the big screen As a result, Baum s story has become a classic for the ages I read a version illustrated by Australian artist Robert Ingpen His lovely drawings facilitated my reading about Dorothy and friends as they journey toward Oz Being as familiar with the story as I am, I almost enjoyed the illustrationsthan the story because I desired to see the munchkins, the yellow brick road, and the Emerald City With the story being geared toward children and almost dragging at times, I appreciated the color illustrations which reminded me where I was on Dorothy s journey and kept me focused on the story Even as I knew the denouement, I loved how the illustrations brought the story to its epic conclusion, especially in the parts not included on film which I had to imagine for myself These pictures only helped to make Oz an epic reading experience Critics note that the Oz saga of books mirrors populism and William Jennings Bryan and has been banned in many places I did not have my history thinking cap on while reading so I was unable to link Baum s life in Kansas to Bryan and populism in the 1896 and 1900 presidential elections What I did discover was the written form of a magical movie that I have seen many times over It was an enchanting reading experience that is probably loved by childrenso than adults, yet one that has lasted as a slice of American history forthan one hundred years 4 stars Ah such fun I don t think I ll read the rest of the series but I did really enjoy this. ENGLISH The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ITALIANODorothy is a young girl who lives with her aunts in a small farm in Kansas Due to a tornado, she is catapulted with her house in a freaky village Dorothy s journey, which I discovered at 38 thanks to my daughter and to the well established habit of reading something to her before going to bed, begins in this way The thing that impressed me most about this wonderful story is that the title The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is rather misleading Yes,ENGLISH The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ITALIANODorothy is a young girl who lives with her aunts in a small farm in Kansas Due to a tornado, she is catapulted with her house in a freaky village Dorothy s journey, which I discovered at 38 thanks to my daughter and to the well established habit of reading something to her before going to bed, begins in this way The thing that impressed me most about this wonderful story is that the title The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is rather misleading Yes, because Oz is neither the protagonist of the novel nor the ultimate goal of Dorothy s journey Oz appearsor less at half of the novel, and he remains in the story for nothan 50 pages Surely, Dorothy and her cheerful company start the search for the wizard of Oz almost immediately However, the story that involves directly or indirectly Oz ends in an unexpected way, almost prematurely, and in my opinion this is a strenght of the story When Oz disappeared from the story, it was funny to see the confused face of my daughter sayingWHAT HE S GONE HOW IS IT POSSIBLE and I realized how successful was L Frank Baum s attempt to mislead the readers.Young people heartly fantasize Me too.Vote 8Dorothy una fanciulla che vive con gli zii in una piccola fattoria nell Kansas A causa di una tromba d aria, la sua abitazione viene catapultata con lei dentro in paese quanto meno bislacco Comincia cos il viaggio di Dorothy, che ho scoperto a 38 anni suonati grazie a mia figlia e all abitudine ormai consolidata di farsi leggere qualcosa prima di andare a letto non la trasposizione cinematografica, quella la conoscevo gi La cosa che pi mi ha colpito di questo splendido racconto come il titolo Il meraviglioso mago di Oz sia fuorviante Si, perch Oz non n il protagonista n l obiettivo finale della ricerca della piccola Dorothy Il personaggio di Oz appare pi o meno a met racconto, e ci rimane per non pi di 50 pagine Di sicuro la ricerca del mago di Oz comincia quasi fin da subito da parte della piccola Dorothy e della sua allegra compagnia Tuttavia la vicenda che coinvolge direttamente o indirettamente Oz si conclude in maniera inaspettata, quasi prematuramente, e questo secondo me un punto di forza del racconto Con l uscita di scena del mago di Oz, vedere la faccia spiazzata di mia figlia che diceMa come Se n andato COME E POSSIBILE stato divertente, appagante, e mi fa capire quanto sia riuscito il tentativo di L Frank Baum di spiazzare i lettori.Fantasticano assai i pi piccoli E anche io.Voto 8 Once upon a time there lived a Golden Age gay icon, who whiled away her pre waxing years sitting atop a split rail fence in some dour, nondescript American Midwest landscape Her dreams of aoutrageously fierce existence in the big city wearing roller skates and one foot diameter afro wigs and dancing to Army of Lovers in between lines of blow were hemmed in on all sides by rusted farm equipment, NAPA Auto Parts Stores, and a lone, dejected Applebee s out on the turnpike Kansas didn t ev Once upon a time there lived a Golden Age gay icon, who whiled away her pre waxing years sitting atop a split rail fence in some dour, nondescript American Midwest landscape Her dreams of aoutrageously fierce existence in the big city wearing roller skates and one foot diameter afro wigs and dancing to Army of Lovers in between lines of blow were hemmed in on all sides by rusted farm equipment, NAPA Auto Parts Stores, and a lone, dejected Applebee s out on the turnpike Kansas didn t even have a meth lab yet Or a Sally Beauty Supply Her nascent fabulousness was imprisoned by voluminous swaths of gingham, satin ribbons, and fussy lace collars none of them, unfortunately, worn ironically, with a lollipop or a pacifier or Harajuku style at the behest of Aunt Em, a woman whose character is explained by the shocking fact that the better part of her non church wardrobe was purchased at Quality Farm Fleet I know Couldn t you just dieThis girl, as yet scarcely old enough to have a couple of cherries or a leaping dolphin tattooed near her cameltoe, was named Dorothy One day, like so many dreamy eyed girls, she donned her Skechers and her discount department store jeans and waited for a meteorological disaster to rescue her from her sad, glitterless rural life As luck would have it, one day, an especially violent cyclone rated EF4 by the local weather service carved a bloody path of destruction, misery, and death through central Kansas, carrying Dorothy s trailer with her and her dog Toto inside, watching Judge Judy high into the troposphere At first, Dorothy mistook the rhythmic vibrations for a circuit party and looked under the bed for her whistle, but soon enough she realized she was airborne And it felt Fab U Lous She thought she even spotted a cross country Virgin America flight with Diana Ross sitting in first class refusing a skunky glass of Chardonnay and calling the stewardess an uppity white bitch She ll have Dershowitz on the phone when she gets to LAX But maybe Dorothy was unconscious and imagining it all At any rate, she was immune to the ghastly, soul rending shrieks, rising from below, of a Kansas mother cradling her dead baby who was impaled by a windswept awl in the cyclone She was busy listening to Yahoo by Erasure on her iPod Eventually, after floating around earth s gaseous atmosphere for a couple of hours, dreaming of Barney s Co op Sale, Dorothy landed in some unknown land, flat ironed her hair, and repositioned her training thong Outside her trailer a bunch of ghetto midgets were milling around with some old witchy broad No, it wasn t that berfem Glinda like in the movie it was some tired ass old mannish thing, looking like Linda Hunt in The Year of Living Dangerously Basically, this bitch is no help at all She s supposedly a witch, and you d think she d know the way to the Meatpacking District, but all she does is give her some cheap ass silver shoes Steve Madden yuck and kiss Dorothy on the forehead leaving this magical lipmark Dorothy suspects it s herpes simplex one and hightails it outta there before the witch gives her boxed wine and has her pose for art photographs Yes, I remember the very special episode of Diff rent Strokes with Gordon Jump very well, thank you very much Okay, you know the rest of the story for the most part Dorothy seeks out the Wizard of Oz by mapquesting Emerald City or, alternately, the City of Emeralds and on the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodman, and a Lion, who are all needy and want to bask in the glow of her super hot blinding aura and fierce fantabulousness and bum a few amphetamines The Wizard, who likes to mix up his corporeal manifestations, appears to them in his Emerald City throne room Picture Antwan Big Boi Patton s house on Cribs but with fewer stripper poles and lotsgreen marble in the forms of a giant Little Richard sized head, a Sears catalog swimsuit model, a vaguely menacing monster, and a talking ball of fire Obviously, the Wizard has been to see Cirque de Soleil and knows the power of a little Qu b cois razzle dazzle Whilst filing his nails and reading the latest issue of Interview with Drew Barry on the cover, the Wizard tells his motley supplicants that, yeah, yeah, sure, he will grant their stupid, retarded wishes if they murder the Wicked Witch of the West, a Tribeca scenester who is always bogarting Page Six with her leather daddy winged monkey warehouse parties Dorothy Crew reluctantly agree an act of volition which effectively makes Dorothy the youngest hit girl in the history of YA literature, and the only one to ever wear lace trimmed socklets Eventually, during a wet t shirt contest, the witch melts and Dorothy, still flush with her first taste of killing sweet killing, returns with her entourage to the Wizard to claim her payoff But then, gosh golly, gee whiz in a startling atheistic allegory, the all powerful Wizard is revealed to be an impotent little Wallace Shawn type standing behind a screen fiddling with some sound board knobs Nietzsche couldn t ve said it any better The Wizard, who realizes he s dealing with a bunch of saps here, pretends to grant everyone s wishes except Dorothy s cuz he s totally jealous of her fabulousness and they actually fall for it Dorothy, burnt out on the Emerald City scene and suffering from dehydration and exhaustion, longs to return to Kansas to start her autobiographical blog A bunch of stupid stuff happens, some of which involve a hot air balloon and bitch slapping trees, and the quartet make their way to Glinda, the Witch of the South, to see if she can grant Dorothy s wish and thereby prove that she s at least somewhat less worthless than everybody else in OzOn the way to the Glinda s hood, the posse comes across a village where all the people are made of china and break easily Gee, I wonder why they left that great episode out of the film , and after the Lion accidentally destroys one of their china churches with his tail I m not kidding , giving impetus to hate crime legislation the world over, the Tin Woodman decapitates some wolves with his ax Dorothy skips and frolics through the gory pools of matted fur, blood, and steaming viscera and asks Glinda, who appears to be on Quaaludes, for a trip home Glinda, as useless as every other allegedly magical person in Oz, tells her that the cheap ass Steve Madden shoes she s been wearing could ve gotten her back to Kansas all along And, by the way, when she returns to the Sticks, she should really take off those Chinese panda skin leatherette things They ll give her fatal foot rash So Dorothy uses the magic of those shoes made in China under the brand name of a man imprisoned for magical tax evasion to return to Kansas, where her Aunt and Uncle have long since forgotten about her and adopted aattractive, Latvian girl who s not too prissy to hand inseminate the cows Dorothy overdoses one night in a dilapidated feed barn on a potent mixture of Robitussin and Gas X, and Judy Davis plays her in a television movie that no one remembers long enough to have forgotten