Ranks 83rd on The Fictional 100
The following books and film will introduce you to Dorothy Gale, who
said these words in L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz. To order a book or film, or for more information, follow the title links under each category to Amazon.com,
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characters. For more resources about Dorothy and Oz, I also highly recommend visiting The International Wizard of Oz Club and The Daily Ozmapolitan, which provides up-to-date news and events about Oz and its characters.
Wizard of Oz (W. W. Denslow, Illus.). Ballantine
- Paperback reissue of this 1900 American classic.
The delightful W. W. Denslow illustrations (one shown above) depict a much
younger Dorothy than the MGM film portrayed, as
well as a Wicked Witch of the West with stick-out
pigtail braids and a patch over one eye!
Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Books of Wonder). William
- Reasonably priced hardcover, the first in a
series intended to bring the magic of the
original editions to today's readers.
- The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]. Starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Jack Haley, and Billie Burke. Warner Home Video, 2009.
- An American classic from 1939, the year that also saw the release of Gone With the Wind. Judy Garland brought her unparalleled singing voice and her own vulnerable heart to create this enchanting portrayal of Dorothy.
of Oz (John R. Neill, Illus.). William Morrow, 1989.
- Dorothy returns to Oz and shares adventures with
and the Wizard in Oz (John R. Neill, Illus.; Books of
Wonder). William Morrow, 1990.
- A California earthquake propels Dorothy back to
Oz along with the Wizard. Another beautiful book,
with 16 color plates and special binding.
Road to Oz (John R. Neill, Illus.). William Morrow,
- Dorothy meets funny folks on the way to Princess
Ozma's birthday party.
Emerald City of Oz (John R. Neill, Illus.;Books of
Wonder). William Morrow, 1993.
- Facsimile of first edition complete with
of Oz. Ballantine, 1990.
- Last Oz book by Baum, it features Dorothy, Ozma,
and Glinda confronting a magical island city in
- Baum, L. Frank. The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition) (Michael Patrick Hearn, Ed.; W. W. Denslow, Illus.). New York: W. W. Norton, 2000.
- Large-format volume pays tribute to the centennial of The Wizard of Oz, reproducing Denslow's original illustrations in color. Passionate Oz scholar Michael Patrick Hearn provides annotations to this American classic and an extensive introduction, primarily devoted to Baum's biography, but also covering the inception of The Wizard, the vagaries of its initial reception, its migration to film and television, its ultimate conquest of readers (including teachers and librarians), and the Oz sequels. This edition has much to offer for fans of Oziana, students of literature, and even child readers taking the trip to Oz for the first time.
- Baum, L. Frank. The
Wizard of Oz: The Critical Heritage (Michael Patrick
Hearn, Ed.). New York: Schocken Books, 1983.
- Baum's classic plus lively essays by James
Thurber, Martin Gardner, Ray Bradbury, Gore
Vidal, and others.
- Snow, Jack. Who's
Who in Oz. New York: Peter Bedrick Books, 1988.
- If you've ever wondered who Ozma or Jack
Pumpkinhead are, this book is for you. Entries
cover 630 Oz characters with synopses of 39 Oz
books and 490 illustrations. Baum himself wrote
14 Oz books, 6 of which feature Dorothy, and they
were so popular, others continued the series.
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