This beautiful HarperCollins Children's Classics edition of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the perfect addition to any bookshelf. When a tornado hits Dorothy's home in the Kansas prairies, she and her dog, Toto, are whisked away to the magical Land of Oz. To return home, Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and seek help from the great and powerful Wizard of Oz. So, accompanied by the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy sets out on a wild and magical adventure. This classic children's novel has been described as the first American fairy tale, and its huge global legacy includes numerous book, film, TV and theatrical adaptations.
Part of Wordsworth’s Exclusive Collection (a series of 15 classics for all ages), this new edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz also includes LF Baum’s Glinda of Oz, the final book in the series in which Dorothy and Princess Ozma see Glinda's help after finding themselves in danger on the Magic Isle of the Skeezers. At £3.99, and featuring a gorgeous gold-foiled cover with enchanting artwork, this edition makes a great, affordable gift, or a treat for yourself if you’ve yet to read the book. We’ve all seen the movie, but returning to its source - this timeless tale of recognising the attributes, skills and magic that lies within yourself - comes highly recommended. There’s a reason movie-makers took inspiration from it, and this new edition is the perfect way to do the same yourself. While reading the book, it’s worth considering the alleged political undertones of the story - the author was a political activist in the 1890s, and especially interested in the monetary standard of gold and silver. As a result, it’s been asserted that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written as an allegory about the demonetisation of silver, with the tornado symbolising economic upheaval, the yellow brick road symbolising the gold standard, and Dorothy's silver shoes symbolising the pro-silver movement. Yep, you read that right - in the book, her ruby slippers are silver. Film-makers made them red so they'd show up more strikingly against the yellow brick road.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has been casting its magic spell on readers for over 100 years. Join Dorothy and her dog Toto with their friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on their amazing adventure in the magical world of Oz. Lorena Alvarez Gomez’s illustrations bring all the magic to life in this beautiful, un-abridged edition.