The Road to Oz (Little Golden Book)


I love The Road to Oz so much, that when I found the then-recently reprinted Little Golden Book edition a few years ago, you know I just about died of happiness!

The Road to Oz (Little Golden Book) by L. Frank Baum,
adapted by Peter Archer [pen name of Kathryn and Byron Jackson],
 illustrated by Harry McNaught.
Originally published by Simon & Schuster, 1951.
Reprinted by Random House, 2009.

Compare the adorable illustrations by Harry McNaught with the pen-and-ink drawings by John R. Neill in my previous post.  So many differences, but oh so charming.











I wish I knew more about Harry McNaught.  He illustrated many books for Golden, as well as some Sesame Street titles.  In addition to The Road to Oz, he illustrated Little Golden Book editions of The Tin Woodman of Oz and The Emerald City of Oz, neither of which have been reprinted.


Comments

  1. looks lovely, whats the text of the little golden book like? Would it suit a three year old for a read aloud?

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    1. It's a wordier Little Golden Book, but probably fine for a 3 to 6-year-old. The story is cute. It's a very simplified version of the original book. There is no Button Bright, and no one is "gifted" with a fox or donkey head. No scary Scoodlers. It's just the story of how Dorothy, Toto and the Shaggy Man find too many roads, follow one, meet Polychrome, visit a town ruled by foxes, enlist Johnny Dooit's help in crossing the Desert, and finally wind up in Oz for Ozma's birthday.

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  2. This book is so beautiful! I love vintage Little Golden Books! The illustrations really stand out on this one!

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  3. That whole book is adorable, I need to get my hands on it.

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  4. We have that little golden book too. It truly is charming :) We don't read it aloud though because it's still a bit too wordy for us. Maybe next year :O)

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    1. Yeah, there is a lot of text. Quite a few of the older LGBs fall into that category. :o)

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  5. Johnny Dooit! Oh I loved him! Ok so I saw this in a store last year, and was totally pressed for time...and didn't get it. %$$#@@#%!. Well at least one of us has it! So so so SO darling! I love that this is available brand new and shining!

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    1. We found it by accident at our little indie store when Big Sis was a wee little thing, not yet in preschool. We'd already read the original book by then, but it was fresh enough in her mind that she remembered it. Of course, by the time we started it this time around, she'd forgotten it all.

      We finished the book tonight! On to The Emerald City of Oz!

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  6. also I like whatever ticking stripe fabric the books are on. I loooooooooove ticking stripe!

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