Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Frank L. Baum

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.

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Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Frank L. Baum

    1. I liked that they didn’t need the brains etc and I even highlighted and noted sections where the characters showed courage, cleverness and emotion where they believed they didn’t have those things, before Oz “gave” them what they believed they were missing. It is darker. How certain creatures are treated, and even the four main characters. I think my young niece would cry if I read to her. She cried watching frozen when Spoiler *Anna almost died* 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️ children today. The shoes, I just needed them to be Red, but again, that’s the movies fault and it’s been drilled in my head since I was a little girl.

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