The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

by L Frank Baum

Part of the Wordsworth Exclusive Collection Series

Children's & YA Fiction Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

A glorious gold-foiled gift edition of a timeless tale that will enchant and provoke thought in all ages.

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.

Joanne Owen

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Synopsis

The Wizard of Oz was first published in 1900 and, since then, has been immortalised on stage and screen. It's enduring appeal is coupled with fresh, new illustrations in this stunning edition, which would make an excellent gift.

A complete and unabridged, illustrated edition of L. Frank Baum's classic tale of magic and adventure. Join Dorothy and her little dog Toto on the yellow brick road, as they set off to explore the magical Land of Oz. Can they find the Wizard, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and return to Kansas?

Part of the Illustrated Originals series which includes..
A Christmas Carol
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781840228250
Publication date: 2nd August 2021
Author: L Frank Baum
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Primary Genre Classics
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