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The Marvelous Land of Oz (Books of Wonder)

Press:HarperCollins HarperCollins (August 15, 1985)
Publication Date:1985-08-15
Author Name:L. Frank Baum


Few fantasy lands have captured our hearts and imaginations as has the marvelous land of Oz. 
For over four generations, children and adults alike have reveled in the magical adventures of its beloved folk.
Now, for the first time in over seventy years, the second book about Oz is presented here in the same deluxe format as the rare first edition, complete with all 16 of the original John R.
Neill color plates, its colorful pictorial binding, and the many black-and-white illustrations that bring it to joyous life.First issued in 1904, L.
Frank Baum's The Marvelous Land of Oz is the story of the wonderful adventures of the young boy named Tip as he travels throughout the many lands of Oz.
Here he meets with our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as some new friends like Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the amazing Gump.
How they thwart the wicked plans of the evil witch Mombi and overcome the rebellion of General Jinjur and her army of young women is a tale as exciting and endearing today as it was when first published over eighty years ago.Afterword by Peter Glassman.
A facsimile of the rare first edition, complete with all 16 original color plates, a colorful pictorial binding, and over 125 of Neill's drawings.
A Books of Wonder(R) Classic.


Winner of AudioFile's Best Audiobooks 2009: 'Liza Ross capably handles the many characters in Baum's sequel to THE WIZARD OF OZ. 
She develops a voice and sensibility for each character and adapts her voice for quick-moving dialogue and nonstop adventures.
Ross depicts a youthful Tip, a boy who lives with his guardian, the witch Mombi.
The witch brings to life Jack Pumpkinhead, whom Ross incarnates with a voice as stiff as the squash-headed figure's unbending legs.
Threats from Mombi send these unlikely heroes to the Emerald City, where they unite with the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman to recapture the city from an all-girl army.
New characters join the familiar ones, all of whom Ross imbues with appropriate vocal qualities.' - AudioFile

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From the Publisher

This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. 
If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book.
Simple to run, no program to install.
Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading.
The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels.
Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2 and MacIntosh and Linux with Windows Emulation.
Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index.
the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.
This Electronic Paperback is illustrated.
This Electronic Paperback is read aloud by an actor.

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From the Inside Flap

Book 2 of L. 
Frank Baum's immortal OZ series, in which young Tip runs away from his guardian, the witch Mombi, taking with him Jack Pumpkinhead and the wooden Saw-Horse, and flees to the Emerald City where he learns the incredible secret of his past.

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About the Author

Frank Baum (1856-1919) published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 and received enormous, immediate success.
Baum went on to write seventeen additional novels in the Oz series.
Today, he is considered the father of the American fairy tale.
His stories inspired the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, one of the most widely viewed movies of all time.Michael Sieben is a professional designer and illustrator, primarily within the sub-culture of skateboarding, whose work has been exhibited and reviewed worldwide as well as featured in numerous illustration anthologies.
He is a staff writer and illustrator for Thrasher magazine, and a weekly columnist for VICE.com.
He is also a founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery and Collective in Austin, Texas, as well as the cofounder of Roger Skateboards.
The author of There's Nothing Wrong with You (Hopefully), he lives and works in Austin.John R.
Neill was born in Philadelphia in 1877.
In 1904, at the age of twenty-six, Neill received his first major book assignment, as illustrator for The Marvelous Land of Oz.
From then until his death in 1943, Neill would illustrate over forty Oz books, including three he wrote himself.
Today, his fabulous illustrations are synonymous with Oz.

From AudioFile

Flo Gibson's inviting voice is like hearing Baum's classic told from a grandmother's lap. 
The story opens at a brisk pace as Tip flees the wrath of an evil sorceress and searches for safety.
Passing through the Emerald City, Tip witnesses the overthrow of the scarecrow king by some unlikely foes.
Gibson's overly dramatic telling of angry young maidens brandishing knitting needles and usurping the scarecrow's throne will have listeners in stitches.
Her animated characterizations of the eclectic group of creatures Tip and the Scarecrow recruit to regain the crown recreate the exotic world of Oz.
Full of humor and adventure, Gibson's performance will be enjoyed by all ages.
(c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Comment List (Total:15)

  •     Although he was never to enjoy the success he had with his first Oz book, Baum sure tried hard with this one (the second in the series). I like this far better than the first, more famous work. It starts off, if I remember from reading it 30 years ago, with Tip living in a cottage deep in a forest in Oz. The witch who keeps him is set on turning him into stone, so Tip must escape. This sets up a whole series of wonderful adventures and interesting characters. The Pumpkinhead character is my favorite. If only someone like Tim Burton would get a hold of this and turn it into a film, then maybe the whole Baum Oz series would get as much recognition as say the Potter series is now getting.

  •     After spending time with Tolkien, H.G. Wells an Edgar Rice Burroughs, this was unreadable. Disappointing.

  •     It was exactly what I wanted

  •     These works are available in the public domain. You can get all the Oz books at Project G, including illustrated versions of most.BUT. It is all in the formatting. This review is for the Eltanin Publishing editions, which as of this writing has done the second and third books of the series (Marvelous Land and Ozma). They have done a masterful job in these two efforts.It is all about the illustrations. I prefer my kids to read books on our iPad. But, for books with illustrations, I have them read the paper versions instead. I haven't forgotten the illustrations, even so many years later, of the books I read as a child. And so I want my children to have the same experience.So the test for whether a children's ebook makes the cut for me is in the quality of the pictures. For books like the Oz series, books that are in the public domain, this means how well a job did the editor do formatting the text and scanning the illustrations. Results vary widely. Always "download the sample" if you are buying them here at Amazon.Another thing to consider: did the editor include ALL the illustrations. Perhaps some were omitted, on a rush job. These "editors" are taking things from the public domain, formatting them, and selling them for a couple bucks. Fine. But are they doing a good job? Are they being thorough?I am very picky about this. I want my kids to have ALL the pictures, every one. Otherwise we will just read the paper book.But for the Oz books, there is one additional wildcard. Even some very fine versions on Project G still omit a particular kind of illustration: the "first-word-in-the-chapter" illustration. Baum's original books (and these are what are in the public domain) began most chapters with an illustration, and the first letter of the first sentence was integrated into the illustration.Almost without exception, ebook editors have been omitting these illustrations when reproducing the Oz series. Even very nicely done versions (check out the Ozma of Oz illustrated version on Project G for an example), without these beginning chapter illustrations, are going to be missing a lot of artwork.The Eltanin versions get it right. Text formatting is perfect (one expects nothing less on this front). The scans of the illustrations are sharp and clear (this can vary widely for other publishers, always download the sample!). And ALL illustrations are included.I do hope they continue the series for the other 12 books of the series. I would be interested in any of their other children's book projects, if they continue on at this high standard.

  •     Amazing job!

  •     It's totally cool

  •     As ordered, as expected

  •     Good Stuff

  •     If this is the title you've sought then look no further as you will not find a better illustrated kindle version available for a lower price, period. Interested in more quality illustrated children's classics that are currently free for the taking? Then I'd direct your attention to these fine works:1) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland [illustrated] ASIN: B005LDC7IY2) Anne of Green Gables (Illustrated) ASIN: B01FRPNMHU3) Gulliver's Travels (Wisehouse Classics Edition - with original color illustrations by Arthur Rackham) ASIN: B01FLMWTAA4) The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales (Illustrated) ASIN: B01GGFXHO8Long Live the Classics!

  •     The book is good, however, it was supposed to be illustrated. It was, but not with the original illustrations. Instead, there were these landscape paintings.

  •     A shade darker and more serious than the original novel this story really dives deep into the mysterious world that is the Marvelous Land of Oz!

  •     The Wonderful Wizard of Oz went over well with my five-year-old son, so he chose this one to read together at bedtime. This one is a different experience, because there are fewer MGM-tinged preconceptions. It's just as easy to read aloud, and, if you're squeamish, the body count is considerably lower than the first time around.This story isn't as timeless and self-contained as the first book, but that doesn't work against it. It's exactly what you want: an exploration of Oz after Dorothy left. In fact, there are no characters from the real world at all (with the possible exception of the Jackdaws).There are some interesting themes to examine here. There are explorations of gender, politics, and gender politics. Not to mention the questions it raises over the nature of life and the responsibility of creating life.Baum cheated a bit by including the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman as main characters to advertise the real-world stage play. But the new characters are just as imaginative: the marvelous Jack Pumpkinhead, the snarky Sawhorse, the sesquipedalian Woggle Bug, and the patched-together Gump. The audience surrogate, Tip, is a nice follow-up to Dorothy. Being a native of Oz, his goals are very different, but he's just as assertive and loyal.I think the villains are a bit more interesting this time around. Mombi does more interesting things with her magic than the Wicked Witch, and General Jinjur is just fabulous. There are some who would take offense at the dated portrayal of a rebellious woman, but stick around to the end and L. Frank Baum might win you back over. Baum probably didn't intend to write a book about gender identity, but it makes the book surprisingly relevant today.For the best experience, find a copy with the John R. Neill illustrations. The images are very different than those of W. W. Denslow in the Wizard of Oz, but they are full of energy and imagination. I'm glad Neill became the archetypal illustrator for Baum's world.The Land of Oz is a delightful sequel to a beloved book. If you or someone you love is longing for another journey to Oz, this will fit the bill.

  •     I was sad when I finished, as it was a nice change from what I usually read and just what I needed. After Dorothy has returned home, we get to meet a new character who will "meet" other new characters who else need to call on some of Dorothy' s old friends. One of the characters is very fond of puns. The drawings throughout are wonderful.

  •     It was a rather confusing read. I enjoyed the illustrations, and the last few pages are gorgeous, but the sexism is terrible.

  •     Good


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