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The Wizard of Oz - a book by Baum, L. Frank

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz( )
Author: Baum, L. Frank
Series title:Puffin Chalk Ser.
ISBN:978-0-14-242750-7
Publication Date:Jul 2013
Publisher:Penguin Young Readers Group
Imprint:Puffin Books
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $7.99
Book Description:

Dorothy thinks she's lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival... will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?

Book Details
Pages:208
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Fantasy / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.187 x 6.942 x 0.624 Inches
Book Weight:0.378 Pounds
Author Biography
Baum, L. Frank (Author)
Best known as the author of the Wizard of Oz series, Lyman Frank Baum was born on May 15, 1856, in New York. When Baum was a young man, his father, who had made a fortune in oil, gave him several theaters in New York and Pennsylvania to manage. Eventually, Baum had his first taste of success as a writer when he staged The Maid of Arran, a melodrama he had written and scored.

Married in 1882 to Maud Gage, whose mother was an influential suffragette, the two had four sons. Baum often entertained his children with nursery rhymes and in 1897 published a compilation titled Mother Goose in Prose, which was illustrated by Maxfield Parrish. The project was followed by three other picture books of rhymes, illustrated by William Wallace Denslow.

The success of the nursery rhymes persuaded Baum to craft a novel out of one of the stories, which he titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Some critics have suggested that Baum modeled the character of the Wizard on himself. Other books for children followed the original Oz book, and Baum continued to produce the popular Oz books until his death in 1919. The series was so popular that after Baum's death and by special arrangement, Oz books continued to be written for the series by other authors. Glinda of Oz, the last Oz book that Baum wrote, was published in 1920.

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