Ever since I was a little girl, I had been fascinated by the movie The Wizard of Oz. As I grew into adulthood, my fascination changed but did not dwindle, and when I learned about the book, The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition) I HAD to have it!
This book is no lightweight! With nearly 400 pages enclosed in a hardcover if I drop this baby on my foot it will hurt! The book itself is just as beautiful as it is heavy, beginning with the book jacket with embossed copper coloring over jade green. Eye catchingly beautiful.
What is within the books pages is information that I was never aware of! I had no clue that so many versions of the Wizard of Oz were out there in the world. I had seen just the one as a child and when I grew older I had seen a couple of other versions, but as much reading as I have done I have never encountered the dozens of different tales of OZ that are out there. I did not seek them out as I was not aware that they existed.
I also learned a great deal of the author of the first few books of the Wizard of Oz, as well as of the illustrator and then a bit about the additional people who wrote and illustrated similar stories. Unfortunately the stories are not completely happy, and there was friction between Baum and the original illustrator. Business was much different back in those days when the laws that protects artists today did not yet exist.
I do not want to spoil the wonders of this book by putting spoilers out there. I will say that those who love the story will find much to love about this book. Even those who may not be quite as fond of the story as I am, would most likely find this particular book to be a good addition to their library, book shelf or coffee table. While The Annotated Wizard of Oz may contain many things to be expected, I can promise you that there will be surprises as well. All in all it is a good read. I took it very slow in order to grasp onto every word. For me, it was just that good.
I suspect that The Wizard of Oz will live on for many years to come.