Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday: More Return To Oz Books

Ah, Return to Oz. What can I say? It's just a major part of my childhood. (See here and here.) I recently hit upon two more books, from two different sources. The first, The Return to Oz Storybook, came as part of a Better World Books order. The second, a mass-market novelization of the film, was just sitting inconspicuously on the shelf at a local used bookstore. Of course, I bought them both, if only to have them on my Oz-themed shelf.

Return to Oz by Joan D. Vinge, based on the screenplay by Walter Murch and Gill Dennis.
Ballantine Books, 1985.

I don't think I've bought a novel based on a book (as opposed to the other way around) since elementary school. The thrill of ordering books through those Scholastic book club forms, right? I know I read novels based on Space Camp and The Karate Kid, Part Two. I roll my eyes and laugh now, but I was only nine.

Joan D. Vinge, who wrote this novelization, is a renowned sci-fi author. Perhaps I should give this a read at some point.

Ooo, pictures!

Actually, most of the pictures in this book made it into this one, as well.

Return to Oz Storybook, based on the screenplay by Walter Murch and Gill Dennis, with photo still from the Walt Disney film. Golden, 1985.

Aww, look at little Fairuza Balk. Big Sis and I watched The Craft  this summer. Her eyes got big when she realized Nancy was the little girl from this and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

The storybook is oversized, with full-color photographs from the movie. It's the kind of keepsake book I would have loved to own back in 1985.

 The Wheelers are sooooooo creepy.

But Mombi is creepier!

Jean Marsh, who played Mombi with her original head, was also Queen Bavmorda in Willow, another favorite of mine. (I know you're surprised.) She also appeared in an episode of Grantchester, which Mr. B and I re-watched just the other day.

The Nome King, as played by Nicol Williamson, is so very, very different from the one described by Baum in the books.

We haven't watched this movie in a few years, although it was an early favorite of Little Sis's. However, I just discovered this website. If you'll excuse me, I think I have some exploring to do...

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  1. Have you seen this foreign edition: http://hungrytigerpress.blogspot.com/2011/08/oz-un-mundo-fantastico.html
    I'd LOVE to get my hands on a copy of it.

  2. I want that storybook. I need it. Now. 😊


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