Happy (Belated) Birthday, L. Frank Baum
|L. Frank Baum in 1911|
Yesterday was the 157th anniversary of L. Frank Baum's birth. If you read this blog enough, you know I love my Oz books. (Silver shoes...) You can check out my posts about The OZ Museum in Wamego, KS, or this bit about reading the first book to my youngest, or visit my Marvelous Land of Oz pinboard. But as I did for Lewis Carroll's birthday, I thought I'd put together a little round-up of some of the nicest editions of the Baum Oz books currently in print.
Top Row: The Annotated Wizard of Oz, illustrated by W.W. Denslow, edited by Michael Patrick Hearn. W.W. Norton, 2000. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, illustrated by Michael Sieben. Harper Design, 2013. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Books of Wonder edition), illustrated by John R. Neill. HarperCollins, 1995. (Reproduction of original 1913 edition.)
Middle Row: The Wizard of Oz (Illustrated Junior Library). Puffin, 2012. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-Up, art by Robert Sabuda. Little Simon, 2000. The Wizard of Oz and Other Wonderful Books of Oz: The Emerald City of Oz and Glinda of Oz (Classics Deluxe Edition), jacket illustration by Rachell Sumpter. Penguin Classics, 2012.
Bottom Row: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, illustrated by Robert Ingpen. Sterling Children's Books, 2011. Oz: The Complete Collection, Volume 1. Aladdin, 2013. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Kansas Centennial Edition, illustrated by Michael McCurdy. University Press of Kansas, 1999.
If you want your own Oz collection in hardcover, with the original illustrations, but can't afford to hunt down the original editions of the books, do check out the beautiful reproduction copies from Books Of Wonder, published by HarperCollins. The illustrations by W.W. Denslow (first book) and John R. Neill (all subsequent books) look stunning. We checked each title out from our public library first, except for Rinkitink in Oz, which I had to buy. (Our library didn't have that one.) I've been adding a few to my collection ever since. I'm up to The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Book 7), pictured in the collage.
And a few Oz links:
The Wonderful Wiki of Oz
"Frank Baum, the Man Behind the Curtain" at Smithsonian Magazine
The International Wizard of Oz Club
NPR's Backseat Book Club Reads The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz.info's Enormous Link Page
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