Reviews for Wonderful Wizard of Oz

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

Gr all levels--Follow the yellow brick road into L. Frank Baum's timeless story of adventure, friendship, and longing as Dorothy and her beloved Toto are dropped by a cyclone into a magical land. There they meet the well-known Munchkins, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion. Dorothy, Toto, and her new friends embark on a fascinating journey. They come upon the beastly Kalidahs, helpful field mice, their beautiful queen, Winkies, and the famed winged monkeys. The story of Dorothy's quest for the mysterious Wizard of Oz and the way home to Kansas is read by actress and author Brooke Shields. Her narration is perfectly paired with the lyrical prose of the enduring story. She invokes a seemingly endless number of spot-on voices for the charming, mysterious, and sometimes evil characters. Shields's interpretation of the Scarecrow is particularly endearing. Special touches include Paul Rudd reading Baum's original introduction to the story and brief musical interludes that begin some chapters. The CD case features a line-and-wash illustration by Brian Floca in which Toto peeks at listeners while the others' eyes are set on the yellow bricks ahead. Listeners of all ages will enjoy this creative narration of an American classic.--Jane Newschwander, Arlington School District, VT

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