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The Resource The Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum ; adapted by Ben Caldwell

The Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum ; adapted by Ben Caldwell

Label
The Wizard of Oz
Title
The Wizard of Oz
Statement of responsibility
written by L. Frank Baum ; adapted by Ben Caldwell
Title variation
All-action classics presents The wizard of Oz
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Contributor
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Graphic Novel. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" has arrived, now in an exciting new, high-octane graphic novel rendition! Filled with kid-grabbing details, Baum's classic fantasy looks fabulous in this vivid retelling
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Storyline
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Illustration
Review
  • 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 --Travis Jonker (Reviewed January 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 1, p136)
  • 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.)â–  --Staff (Reviewed October 29, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 44, p)
  • This new version of an oft-adapted work brings little to the table. Like many classics, The Wizard of Oz has been repeatedly adapted into various graphic formats, among others. With the myriad choices available, each new iteration absolutely must offer something special in order to rise above its predecessors yet still honor its source. Unfortunately, this version has little excitement, falling flat in obvious places where the juxtaposition of narrative and illustration should shine. Dorothy's arrival in Oz, for instance, is the perfect moment to audaciously burst forth from the drab grays and earth tones of Kansas into a vivid explosion of color. Caldwell's adaptation misses this pivotal moment entirely, only mildly tweaking its dishwater palette. Many of the iconic conventions that define this well-loved story are also conspicuously absent: Dorothy's pigtails, for example, are now long, lank blonde locks held back with a kerchief, more closely resembling Disney's cartoon Alice (of Wonderland fame) than the more familiar likenesses of Dorothy in the original and film versions. With so much imagination behind it, Baum's work should easily lend itself to this format; however, this take is sadly bland, lacking the visual fireworks that should be there in concert with Munchkins, flying monkeys and enchanted shoes. Regrettably mediocre. (Graphic classic. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10161004
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Caldwell, Ben
Dewey number
741.5/973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN6727.C25
LC item number
W59 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1856-1919
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Baum, L. Frank
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
  • All-action classics
  • Ben Caldwell cartoon comic
Series volume
no. 4
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Baum, L. Frank
  • Oz (Imaginary place)
  • Oz (Imaginary place)
  • Friendship
  • Fantasy
  • Wizard of Oz (Fictitious character)
  • Cartoons and comics
  • Gale, Dorothy (Fictitious character)
  • Oz (Imaginary place)
Label
The Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum ; adapted by Ben Caldwell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
9 yrs+
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn858976104
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781454935025
Lccn
2013363513
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a462244
  • (OCoLC)858976104
Label
The Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum ; adapted by Ben Caldwell
Publication
Note
9 yrs+
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn858976104
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781454935025
Lccn
2013363513
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a462244
  • (OCoLC)858976104

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