The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The - Hardcover - USA - Title Page.jpg

Title page of the first edition.

Author L. Frank Baum
Published 1900-??-??
Type Fiction
Genre Fantasy
Themes Adventure, Fantasy
Age Group Children

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children's book written by L. Frank Baum and published in 1900. This book is in the public domain.


Read?Audiobook read by Anne Hathaway.

My first experience with this story was seeing the 1939 film as a young child. It wasn't until I was in my 30s that I decided to read the book in order to see if the series was worth reading. It was okay, but not worth it.




— This section contains spoilers! —


  • The book is indeed creative featuring all sorts of strange and unusual ideas like people made entirely out of straw, tin, porcelain, etc.
  • Despite Baum explaining in the introduction that the book doesn't have a moral, the fact that each of the companions are searching for something that they already possess, is a good moral.
  • The book is so different from the movie that even if you've seen the film many times, you'll still get a lot out of the book.
  • The audio book read by Anne Hathaway shows off an impressive vocal talent I didn't know she possessed.


  • There is too much repetition of some of the main themes. You will hear the scarecrow wanting a brain, the tin man wanting a heart, and the lion wanting courage about 20 times. Each of the four companions has to meet Oz individually and be told the same thing, each has to meet with him again after the Wicked Witch of the West is killed, one after the other, etc. The movie really expedited this repetition.
  • The land of Oz, though very chaotic and unusual in appearance, is boringly organized where each race lives in an equal-sized area, each wears clothes and paints their houses in a single color, and each is ruled by a magical dictator. Even in the end, each of the three remaining companions becomes a ruler in their own respect.
  • The book seems padded. The ending takes forever to finish.


  • Nothing.


Strong female character?Pass
Bechdel test?Pass
Strong person of color character?Fail
Queer character?Fail


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