Treat yourself to a quick read with one of the handful classics that almost everyone is familiar with, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Lyman “L.” Frank Baum is an American author of children’s book who wrote over 55 novels (plus 4 missing ones) , 82 short stories, over 200 poems, and a lot of scripts. His most famous work and the first book in his sequel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was originally published on May 17, 1900 and had been reprinted a dozen of times under the title Wizard of Oz. The story has already been re-envisioned through stage plays, musicals, and a well-known film version starring the amazing Judy Garland.
The book follows the adventure of Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto as their home in Kansas was swooped away by a cyclone to the Land of Oz. Here she meets the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion who will join her journey to the Emerald City where the powerful wizard lives.
It is incredibly difficult not to love this story. Baum has created a book that cascades in a million colors and enchanting landscapes. His writing style is vivid, it’s poetic with a lot of powerful and detailed imagery. His innovative story-telling paved the way to the evolution of children’s literature.
It is always refreshing to return to stories that you grew up, but with all new perspectives. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz gives you the chance to rekindle your childhood and take on a new literary adventure in big splendor.