mine: wonderful wizard of oz


Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children’s books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Title page and illustrations from The New Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. With Pictures by W. W. Denslow. Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Co., 1903.

You know what? I’m still annoyed with the media’s interpretation of Dorothy from the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” series. I get that for the movie with Judy Garland, that they used as many colors as they could (hence the ruby instead of glass shoes), and that making a movie with a child would have been difficult back then, but nowadays everyone’s just given in to that version. It’s pretty annoying if you’ve read the books (I haven’t read them all, but I’ll get there).

And then there’s the whole “let’s only focus on the first book” thing. There’s always tons of stuff missing (like the porcelain country) when they do that. Personally, I’d like to see an Ozma movie. Plus, the third book has a woman who switches her head daily and a country made entirely of wood (even the creatures).

C'mom, Hollywood, let’s light this candle!