|Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill.|
Originally published by Reilly & Britton, 1908.
Books Of Wonder edition published by HarperCollins, 1990.
Let us now pause to admire the endpapers. Drool. I love beautiful endpapers...
Once again, we are reading the Books of Wonder facsimile edition. These truly are the best editions currently available new. Once again, John R. Neill is the illustrator, as he will remain for many years to come. Neill painted this one in watercolors, one of only two Oz books he illustrated in this manner.
There are many charming bits in this book. I'm especially fond of the Wizard's nine tiny piglets. We're zipping through it at a pretty brisk pace, which makes me very happy. As enjoyable as this one is, the next book in the series, The Road to Oz, is one of my very favorites. We'll become reacquainted with Toto, and we'll meet The Shaggy Man, Button Bright, and Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter. I'm so excited!