Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: January 12, 2016 (Originally May 17, 1900)
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Follow the yellow brick road!

Dorothy thinks she’s lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival – will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?


This is my first time reading this book. I saw it on NetGalley, so I thought why not?

Well I was so surprised while reading this to find that it is so different from the movie! I assumed they would be more similar. Almost everything that I associate with The Wizard of Oz is just in the movie, not the book. At least Dorothy still had Toto and her blue gingham dress.

My first shock was that her shoes are silver! Silver! Not ruby slippers! Silver shoes. I guess the ruby was chosen for the movie because it stands out more in film. But the ruby slippers are such an iconic image from the Wizard of Oz that I assumed that’s what they were in the book.

This story is an easy read. It moves at a good pace, with lots happening. Some parts were kind of violent for a children’s novel, but that’s just because it was written over a hundred years ago when children’s books weren’t as innocent as they are today.

Now I will have to rewatch the movie to see what other differences there are!


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

2 thoughts on “Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”

  1. Hello. I just reviewed #9 in the Oz series, The Scarecrow of Oz. I too read the “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and all the others as an adult. I shared that, as a child, I gave up on reading the “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, because it was so different from the more familiar movie.

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