We’re Off to See The Wizard…

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ!  We hear he is a wiz of a wiz, if ever a wiz there was! 

The Lyman Frank Baum fantasy novel was published by The George M Hill Company on September 1, 1900.  By October 1900 the First Edition printing of 10,000 copies had already sold out, and the Second Edition of 15,000 copies was nearly depleted.  Illustrated by Baum’s friend and collaborator, W.W.Denslow, the design was lavish for the time, with illustrations on many pages, backgrounds in different colors, and several color plate illustrations.  The Wonderful Wizard of Oz received positive reviews upon its release, most notably from The New York Times who praised the novel, writing “it would appeal to child readers and to younger readers who could not read yet”.  The review also praised the illustrations for being “a pleasant complement to the text”.

Lori Mitchell’s playful interpretation of these beloved characters will warm your heart at Halloween and year ‘round!

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