Picks and Pans Review: The Wizard of Oz

UPDATED 11/01/1982 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/01/1982 at 01:00 AM EST

by L. Frank Baum

It's surprising now (since the 1939 movie version with Judy Garland has become one of the most adored classics) that when the film first came out, some people didn't think it was nearly as good as the book, which had been published in 1900. But in Baum's story, a lot of serious, magical things happen. In the film these are shown literally, and where magic is concerned, of course, imagination is almost always more exciting than a literal image. Now an attractive reissue of Baum's story, with winsome new drawings by illustrator Michael Hague, proves the point definitively: It is far better than the movie. (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $18.95)

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters