The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Collins Classics)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Collins Classics)

by L. Frank Baum


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‘“Come along, Toto,” she said. “We will go to the Emerald City and ask the Great Oz how to get back to Kansas again.”’

Swept away from her home in Kansas by a tornado, Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves stranded in the fantastical Land of Oz. As instructed by the Good Witch of the North and the Munchkins, Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to try to find her way to the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz. With her companions the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion, she experiences an adventure full of danger, friendship and magic.

A much-loved children’s classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz continues to delight readers young and old with its enchanting tale of witches, flying monkeys and silver shoes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008329570
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Series: Collins Classics Series
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Lyman Frank Baum (1856–1919) was an American children’s book author, best known for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and several other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost" novels, 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings).

Date of Birth:

May 15, 1856

Date of Death:

May 6, 1919

Place of Birth:

Chittenango, New York

Place of Death:

Hollywood, California


Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Illustrated + FREE audiobook link + Active TOC) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 192 reviews.
SamRose More than 1 year ago
I used to "buy" the free versions of all the classics, including the Wizard of Oz series. But the free versions don't have the illustrations. I didn't know what I was missing. But then I started looking at some of the Oz ebooks that do have the original illustrations. Some are terrible quality - only some of the images are included or they are really small or grainy. I'm so happy I stumbled upon Eltanin Publishing's series. They have done the first 4 books of the series so far. But something is wrong with the reviews - my reviews and others are showing up under other versions of the books. So make sure you find the Eltanin Publishing versions. They have ALL the images and they look great. I just search on "Eltanin Publishing" to find them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow...this is horrible...i could type a book better than this. I guess ill keep looking for the wizard of oz now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a classic fairytale which helps you escape from the stress and trouble of reality. This book tells the story of Dorothy, who is carried away from her aunt and uncle in Kansas by a cyclone and thrown into the magical world of Oz, along with her dog Toto. The adventure and magic begin as soon as Dorothy arrives. For she is greeted by the munchkins and a good witch, only to find that she has killed a wicked witch and gains possession of her silver shoes, which the munchkins say have an unknown charm to them. Before sending them off Dorothy receives a kiss from the good witch and is then sent on a journey along the Yellow Brick Road to see the great wizard in the Emerald City. Fortunately, Dorothy and Toto are not alone on their journey. Along the way they gain companions who also wish to see the wizard. There is the scarecrow- he wants a brain, the tin woodsman- who wants a heart, and the cowardly lion- who wants some courage. Together they continue their adventures and face many strange things and impediments. Using their strengths they are able to pass most of the challenges both quickly and easily. Just when you think the story has come to its end, Baum ingeniously puts a spin on the story when they go into the Emerald City. The companions discover a terrible truth about the wizard which leads them into additional escapades and formidable tasks which set them back from reaching their goal. These struggles include wicked witches, flying monkeys, trees that attack when you go to near and many other bizarre creatures. Aside from the troubles that arise the companions meet many nice creatures and make many friends, such as the Winkies and the people of Emerald City. However, there is more to this story than just strange creatures and adventure. There are many hidden themes in the story including the importance of self- esteem and self- reliance. The themes are concealed behind the brain, heart and courage that the scarecrow, tin woodsman, and lion seek, but obviously already possess. Even Dorothy finds that she has to rely on herself to find her way home. Through this exciting adventure you may find yourself lost in the magical world of Oz. This enchanting story unmistakably has universal appeal which makes it a true classic. Baum did a wonderful job of creating such an imaginative book that leaves you wanting more.
GeneticBlue More than 1 year ago
People should know what they are getting into when buying this book. The story will vary from the movie. Nothing irks me more than when people complain about that...the book came first! It is a great, classic story and is wrapped beautifully in leather. Great addition!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im ten and my mom got me this book its great!!! Its pictures are beautiful and I can't stop reading! Finished it in a day highly recomend it ( :
ChefReiss More than 1 year ago
This is one of many Leatherbound Classics that I have purchased and it like the others does not disappoint. Beautiful leather cover makes this classic tale even more appealing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The formatting is screwed up and many words on many pages are gibberish
Andrea Walker More than 1 year ago
Multiple errors in text and images. Not readable. Ridiculous
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Oz I love the book people say the book is not like the movies I mean its not a bad book some people say stuff they don't mean because they are trying to be tough No!!! don't try todo that it's a nook not a tellaphone a nook say its bad or good I don't even know why I am talking about this but still don't do it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG totally want it but mom says no
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world best movie ever Omg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it ,it was like wathching a movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a really good book and it shows a lot of details and is one of my favorites just like Alice in wnderland!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started this book and i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would i want to archive this rediculous 1990's OCR debocle?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is a classic and touching especially the scene with the wizard about how we are all amazing as long as we believe in ourselves its a book you'll want your children to read and pass down to there children. Though the story is over 100 years old it hasn't aged at all. Great for rainy days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous 6 months ago
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catalogthis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found it difficult to read this without the ghosts of the MGM musical and Gregory Maguire's [book: Wicked] and [book: Son of a Witch] lurking over my shoulder.Definitely liked it more than the musical -- no offense to Judy Garland. Dorothy's comrades are much more interesting in the original, especially little Toto.***August 2008 selection of the GB Book Club.***
zip_000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was actually pretty disappointed with the book. My wife suggests that I was disappointed primarily because I already knew the story, but I'm not convinced that's it.I know that it is a children's book, but I guess I was expecting something a little more mature - if I had to say what age range it would appeal to, I'd say about 4 or 5. I guess I was expecting something in the 9-12 age range.The one thing that I did think was done quite well was the way that the author made it obvious to even very young readers that each of the characters - with the exception of Dorothy probably - already had what they were looking for, and making it clear without actually explaining it to them or harping on the fact. The way it was done, the reader "figures it out" on their own, which I would guess would be fun for a kid.
lisamelanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because there are almost no hard words to find in this book. You can read this book also when you're laying down in your bed when your tired.I think this book is suitable for all ages. You can read it when you're 12 years oldbut also when your 70 years old.It fun to watch the movie too, but do this after reading 'the wizzard of oz'.
dbmoonshine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. In matter of fact, I plan on writing my theses on it.
sskatherine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is obviously a classic, and I can definitely see how it became so popular when it was originally published. It is quirky and unique and has a child protagonist. However, I feel that with all of the wonderful books that were published during the 20th century, and continue to be published in the 21st century, The Wizard just isn't up to par with the other chapter books available to kids. Baum's descriptions of good vs evil are very stark, and I think it isn't always good to be so clear cut about such things (The witches are EVIL and must die! etc...) I'm not opposed to violence in children's books, but within Baum's little book there seems to be little description for killing aside from the supposed bad/evil nature of those being killed. However, despite all of this, I still find the story to be fun and interesting. I think it would be a fun read aloud book.
kitty0530 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this story is advemture and fantasy. I read this book after watching the movie when I was 8. And a lot more happens in the book than the movie. I like this classic book becasue eazy to read and exciting. Dorothy and her little dog get blown away during a storm to the another world. She teams up with a scarecrow, tin man and a lion. Each searching for their own thing.
ccagney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A girl named Dorothy finds herself wisked of to the magcal land of Oz. There she meets a lion, a tin man, and a scarecrow. They want to go to the Emerald City to get help.