Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: The Wizard of Oz by Beth Bracken

Film stills and original dialogue from the beloved movie The Wizard of Oz tell the tale of a young girl named Dorothy who flies over the rainbow with her dog, Toto, befriends a Tin Man, a Scarecrow, and a Lion on a yellow brick road to the Emerald City, and defeats a Wicked Witch before meeting a Wizard and learning that there's no place like home.
For ages 3-8.
*The 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz
*3D re-mastering of the film for DVD/Blu-ray release in Fall 2013
*Created using film stills, this picture book is a great introduction to the movie
*The Wizard of Oz movie facts:
   - Over 11 million DVDs sold to-date
   - The film will be re-released in Fall 2013
   - The film was Nominated for 6 Academy Awards and won 2
   - The film was ranked #1 on the American Film Institute's list of "100 Greatest Fantasy Films of All Time"
About the Author:
Beth Bracken’s books have been translated into multiple languages, and her picture books have won the 2011 Creative Child Award; the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize; and the 2013 Mom’s Choice Gold Award. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their son, Sam.

I really liked The Wizard of Oz movie, so a children's book featuring stills from the movie sounded perfect.

The Wizard of Oz tells the story of Dorothy, her friends, and their individual quests. The book makes use of stills from the movie to accompany the story.

Since this book is for young kids, some scenes and details have been edited out. For example, the part wherein Dorothy and her friends were carried by the flying monkeys were not mentioned. For the most part, though, the important parts of the movie are here.

I liked how the book didn't get lazy with the layout and just slapped the text on top of the pictures. There's variety when it comes to the layout, and it kind of reminded me of those wedding books that creatively showcases the wedding pictures in a coffee table book.

Thanks to NetGalley and Picture Window Books for the e-ARC. Publication of The Wizard of Oz is on August 1, 2013.


  1. The layout is very creative.
  2. The important parts of the movie are in the book.
  3. The pictures are well-chosen.


  1. Some parts were edited out.

"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!"

  1. You're a fan of the movie.
  2. You want to introduce your child to The Wizard of Oz.
  3. You want to watch The Wizard of Oz movie again.




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