Parents' Guide to

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Original American fairy tale more spare, magical than movie.

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age 8+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 5+

Good read

I’d say this book is not for everyone, despite the age. It is quite a bit different than the movie, with added adventures and encounters for the characters. The book was written before the movie. There is some violent scenes, which for our daughter, wasn’t an issue, but this may not be the case for all children. I bought the book a little over a year ago, and she showed no interest. It wasn’t until a few weeks ago she showed interest and doesn’t want us to stop reading it to her. We are just finishing up the book today or tomorrow. It’s well written, gives detail enough to know what’s going on, but not over done. It will be fun to watch the movie after we finish the book, which I think is a good progression.
age 8+


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Is It Any Good?

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THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ is an American classic, and will probably astonish those who know only the movie, which took considerable liberties with the story in its adaptation. Author L. Frank Baum tells a good tale, has a lively imagination, and writes from the heart, particularly when it comes to explaining why one would want to leave a beautiful place like Oz for the barren Kansas prairie. While Dorothy and her friends must endure many hardships in their quest before things reach their happy conclusion, the plot moves along quickly, and with plenty of shrewd observations. The book was a huge hit as soon as it was published in 1900 and was followed by more than a dozen sequels.

There are many editions available of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but the original was very much a team effort of author Baum and illustator W.W. Denslow, and the 100th Anniverary Edition (pictured here) replicates that one.

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