Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works (55 novels in total, 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.
I love reading children books but never read this one. I did see movies and plays based on this story and was curious about the book so when I found a copy in the bargain bucket I got it.
The first fifty pages are a pleasure. The story is well paces and pulls you into action in one go. Characters are formed with just a few words and surroundings are simple but still telling enough to be able to envision them.
The book keeps its pace and tells a great adventure. It is a real pleasure to read. There are many encouraging messages in the book for young people who are doubting themselves. It is all brought in a positive way. It is easy to connect with all of the characters and cheer them on while they have their big adventure.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: Hesperus Press
Series: Oz #1
Hesperus Press: Paperback