"One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations. Originally published in 1900, it was the first truly American fairy tale, as Baum crafted a wonderful out of such familiar items as a cornfield scarecrow, a mechanical woodman, and a humbug wizard who used old-fashioned hokum to express that universal theme, "There's no place like home."
I ought to note that I couldn't find a decent sized picture of the edition cover I read, or the correct dust jacket description. Amazon seems to work for the time being.
Characters: Wizard of Oz really disappointed me. Dorothy was more subservient and dull then she was adorably innocent and positive. As for Dorothy's sidekicks, it was interesting to see other sides to them beyond the simplified versions of their personalities depicted in the movie. The Wizard and the Wicked Witch of the West were equally obnoxious and annoying. A sad difference from the movie. 2 and a half flowers.
Writing: Simplistic and imaginative, which are two things that are perfect for a childrens' book. 4 flowers.
Plot: This was almost like two parts, the first being when they get to the Wizard and he insists that they have to kill off the Witch and the second being when they finally kill her. The situation that Dorothy and her gang was in when she killed the witch was rather anti-climatic and made me very annoyed with Dorothy. 3 flowers.
End: We all know this story, but I certainly liked the end more here than in the movie. 4 flowers.
Overall: Quick, but rather disappointing in comparison to the movie. I'm glad I read it to see the differences though. 3 flowers.