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A Wonderful Spin On A Wonderful Classic!

Reviewing: L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz Pop Up  |  Rating:
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-Up, by L. Frank Baum with art by Robert Sabuda, is an amazing book. Most people are familiar with the story because of the movie, but Sabuda's twisting, popping, jumping artwork illustrates the story in new and interesting ways. Each page has one large illustration popping off the page, and the pages are flanked with mini-books that tell the story. Each mini-book also contains illustrations and pop-ups, so each flip of the page is an adventure. Some of the larger illustrations include: the twisting tornado (yes, it really twists!) carrying away farm animals and the house, Dorothy's house set down upon the Wicked Witch of the East in the blue land of the Munchkins, the shiny Emerald City complete with green-tinted spectacles, the Wizards hot air balloon spinning in the air (it is lifted with strings and looks like a ferris wheel. Awesome!), and many more. But I must say, my favorite illustrations are those of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. They are drawn with such life and emotion that they almost steal attention away from the big, show-stopping center illustrations.

There are a few caveats to keep in mind, however. Like all pop up books, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is rather fragile, so you might not want to let small children handle it alone for fear of tearing or losing pieces. This shouldn't be a problem, however, since this is one of those books that parent will love reading to their children. The other potential problem might be that the original text was abridged for this version. But since L. Frank Baum's work is now public domain, it could be possible to read the original aloud (for free) while children look at the illustrations. Overall, I heartily recommend this book as an addition to any family's library.