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All-Action Classics No. 4: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
ISBN: 9781402731532
Author: Baum, L. Frank
Publisher: Sterling
Published: June 2010
Retail: $7.95    OUR PRICE: $4.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: 9 yrs+
Additional Information
Physical Information: 128 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Middle School, Growing Up, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Grade level(s): 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2012 October #5)

Caldwell's angular, dynamic artwork leans more toward Saturday-morning cartoons than romantic fantasy in the fourth comics adaptation in his All-Action Classics series. His Dorothy is gap-toothed and freckled; the black-eyed and troll-like Munchkins are truly alien; and the witches recall Disney villainesses like Snow White's Queen or The Little Mermaid's Ursula. (Caldwell's Wicked Witch of the West even speaks with a Western twang: "You and yer little furry thing have back-breaking, bone-crunching work to do!") Caldwell follows Baum's original novel rather than the iconic film. The heroes are pursued by the Kalidah, "horrific beasts, with heads like tigers and bodies like bears," and the famous path the four friends follow, as in the original, is called the "road of golden bricks." The humor, though, is his own. "She enslaved and tormented us!" says one Munchkin about the Wicked Witch of the East. "She despoiled our lands!" says a second. "And cut library funding!" adds a third. Caldwell's Wizard of Oz slots conveniently between Spongebob Squarepants and Adventure Time, and readers will fly through this story with the speed of winged monkeys. Ages 10–14. (Nov.)¦

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 January)

Gr 3–6—A contemporary update of a well-known tale. Dorothy is taken from her Kansas farm by a violent twister, ending up in the magical world of Oz. A hero for inadvertently squashing the Wicked Witch of the East, she sets out to meet the Wizard, who she hopes will help her find her way home. Along the way, she picks up a scarecrow without a brain, a tin woodsman lacking a heart, and a lion in need of courage. The group must contend with the Wicked Witch of the West in order to complete their journey, and for Dorothy to find her way home. The text is brief and full of modern touches not present in the source material. Dialogue is snappy, with a liberal use of humor and wisecracks. The animationlike artwork is full of movement and highly stylized, sometimes making it hard to decipher. There is a cinematic feel that will appeal to young readers. While devoted fans of the original might cry heresy, this updated classic should find a different, and more welcoming, reception from kids.—Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MI

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