Classic Literature, Fantasy, Fiction

Book Review: “Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz”

Rating: 6.1 out of 10.0

Author: L. Frank Baum

Genre: Fantasy [Classic Literature]

About: L. Frank Baum published Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, the fourth book in his Oz series, on June 18, 1908. As the Oz series progressed, each book became less and less popular. However, the Oz books were much more popular than any of Baum’s other works, so he continued to write them. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz was written in the shortest amount of time out of all the Oz books. It is left to be speculated whether this had an effect on the quality of the book.

Likes: As always, Baum creates many unique characters and then develops them throughout the book with every stroke of his pen. This book also introduces many new and incredibly whimsical sub-divisions of the land of Oz. Each of these smaller lands has their own charm, and each has its own dangers. For fans of the previous Oz books (which I would suggest reading before you read this book), this book reunites two original characters, which is exciting, but only if you’ve read the previous books.

Dislikes: There were, sadly, many things to dislike in this book. First off, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz had dark themes that would not necessarily be helpful to younger readers. Also, the plot in this book was very shallow, even for a children’s book. Also, if you have read the previous Oz books, this book will certainly annoy you. Once again, Baum struggled with keeping the level of continuity that one would generally look for in a series like Baum’s. Also, Baum dealt with evil flippantly in this book; not caring if someone died or was eaten. This is another reason that Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz would not be recommended for very young readers.

Summary: Dorothy, Zeb, and their two pets, Eureka the Kitten and Jim the Horse fall below the Earth’s surface via an earthquake. Then, with the help of Dorothy’s old friend, they must seek out a way to escape the magical realm that they have landed in and return to their home.

Book Length: 134 pages (Fall River Edition)

Favorite Character: Dorothy

Suggested age: 11+

If you liked this, check out: Ozma of Oz (L. Frank Baum) and The Road to Oz (L. Frank Baum)

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