Everyone knows the catchy “follow the yellow brick road” time that accompanied L. Frank Bain’s classic chavaters in the 1939 movie.
I grew up watching the timeless film (thankfully in color because it’s so much more magical that way)and reading the first novel in a series of 14 (yes, Baum went on to write 13 more adventures after Dorothy originally landed in Oz) was a delight all its own.
If you’ve seen the original 1939 movie starring a teenage Judy Garland, you’ll already be very familiar with the premise of the story.
If you’re not all that familiar check out the synopsis here.
Although short, the story packs as much punch and excitement as I expected it to. Bain’s writing truly makes you lose awareness of the world around you and become completely absorbed in his.
Our lovely friends The Scarecrow, The Cowardly Lion, The Tin Man (named the Tin Woodsman in the stories), as well as Dorothy (I don’t recall her age being mentioned but I believe she’s between 12-15) are all as cowardly, kind, and witty as they are in the film.
It’s rare for me to watch the movie before reading the novel/books, though in this case I genuinely loved both equally.
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz, the very first book in the Oz series, earns a solid 5 out of 5 stars from me.
The Original Oz Series:
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- The Marvelous Land of Oz
- Ozma of Oz
- Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
- The Road to Oz
- The Emerald City of Oz
- The Patchwork Girl of Oz
- Tik-Tok of Oz
- The Scarecrow of Oz
- Rinkitink of Oz (I’m currently in the middle of this one!)
- The Lost Princess of Oz
- The Tin Woodman of Oz
- The Magic of Oz
- Glinda of Oz
I’ve been reading all of the Oz books on my iPhone. I found them all for free while scrolling through iBooks’ free book section. If you don’t really care about the illustrations and just want the text, I’d suggest just downloading them for free!
Featured image via Usborne