|The Wizard of Oz, adapted from the novel by L. Frank Baum by Anouk Filippini, illustrated by Elodie Coudray. French-language, Anouk, 2014. English translation by Susan Allen Maurin, Auzou, 2016.|
I have a beautiful new Wizard of Oz picture book to show you! It's a simplified version of the original novel, originally published in France two years ago. The girls and I loved the sweet, modern illustrations. After all, we've read so many editions of the stories - it's always fun to see a new take!
We get a lovely illustration of the old yet beautiful Good Witch of the North.
While the vicious Kalidahs do show up in the story, there is no illustration. Bummer.
Filippini's text doesn't really mention the green spectacles, but Coudray works them into the art. Love it!
After Dorothy misses her ride, the Wizard calls to her to see Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. From there, the story jumps to the end. We don't actually see the visit with Glinda, let alone the journey to Quadling Country. (Too bad. I would have loved to see Coudray's china people!) The last page is a lovely illustration of Dorothy jumping through a rainbow, back to the farm.
While many story elements are left out, it is more faithful to the original book than the MGM movie. If you're looking for a simplified version for younger children, or if you're an Oz-crazy collector like me, it's a fine book! We checked this one out from the library, but I may add it to our Christmas wish list...
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