Baum, L. Frank

About the Author:


Lyman Frank Baum was an American writer.



3 out of 5

(1 book)

The Wizard Of Oz

Also known as 'The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz', this book was the first set in the magical Land of Oz and was the basis of one of the most iconic movies of all time.  The story, if you didn't know, follows a girl named Dorothy and her dog Toto as a cyclone transports them to the Land of Oz, where they must seek a way back to Kansas.  On the way they encounter a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion, befriending all three. 

Baum wrote this book purely with the intent of providing entertainment to children and, in the introduction included in my copy, the author clearly states that he never intended it to be a morality tale in the way of traditional fairy tales and that the 'heartaches and nightmares' have been left out.  This, understandably, robs the book of its adult appeal and, to be honest, I only managed to enjoy it as much as I did because of the fond memories I have of watching the movie as a child. 

There is, however, one element which shows a slightly more adult subtext and that is the true nature of the Wizard of Oz.  There is something distinctly poignant about this hapless ruler who uses illusion and misdirection to maintain control of his people.  My favourite illustration of this was the way in which Oz forces his people to wear green-lensed spectacles so that they won't realise that the Emerald City isn't really emerald. 

Overall, this book is one to read to your kids, but not so much for your own enjoyment.

3 out of 5


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