I was disappointed with this book. Whether it was because I love the film and it symbolises my childhood, so I went into this book with so much expectation, joy and I just wanted so much from it. I went into knowing that I wasn’t doing to be getting the music, and that it’s a children’s book, trying not to expect too much, but it’s still hard not to.
There were so many differences, one in particular being those Slippers that Dorothy gets off the Wicked Witch at the beginning. Those iconic slippers. They’re a different colour! Now I know I should be angry with the movie for changing them, but I’ve lived and been brought up with those Red Ruby Slippers.
Being an adult reading this book, it changed my perspective of things, which isn’t good. All those innocent things, it changed in my mind, which I didn’t like. After Dorothy, The Scarecrow, The Tin Woodmans and the Lion would save people or creatures again and again, they would then use each of these creatures, i.e. the mouse, to then rescue the lion, the Winkies, to then rescue the Tinman and Scarecrow. Never a please and I’m not sure about a thank you. Adult brain just spoiling things.
I liked the story and the underlined message. How the Scarecrow didn’t need a brain, how he already had one, same with the tin-man with a heart, and lion with courage. In fact, throughout the Scarecrow was the smartest of the whole of them all, but denies it to himself because he doesn’t have a physical brain. Even when Oz tries to explain to him, because he’s new, he’s learning, like a baby, he still won’t accept this until he has something that emulates physical brains. Again, the same with the lion and tinman with a heart and courage.
I wish I read this book and this series when I was younger and had more of an innocent mind. I might carry on with this series. I’m not sure yet. I know I had planned to and have the rest of the series, so let’s see.