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Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked to the magical land of Oz where they meet the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. Mike Cavallaro transforms L. Frank Baum's world of Oz into a manga-influenced graphic novel. Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked to the magical land of Oz where they meet the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. Mike Cavallaro transforms L. Frank Baum's world of Oz into a manga-influenced graphic novel.


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Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked to the magical land of Oz where they meet the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. Mike Cavallaro transforms L. Frank Baum's world of Oz into a manga-influenced graphic novel. Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked to the magical land of Oz where they meet the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion. Mike Cavallaro transforms L. Frank Baum's world of Oz into a manga-influenced graphic novel.

30 review for The Wizard of Oz: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kaytee Cobb

    After reading Finding Dorothy, by Elizabeth Letts, I wanted a primer on the full Oz story (rather than just the movie version). This GN adaptation included enough plot points and details that it was easy to see where the changes were made for the film.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

    This wasn't terrible. The adaptation of this classic tale was very interesting, but changing significant trademark items (in my opinion) is silly and a waste. Although I did like how the graphics were more animated in Oz than the few from Kansas because it still holds that iconic change over that the film had held when Dorothy passes from the black and white world of Kansas to the colorful Oz. I did really enjoy how Dorothy's quest to kill the Wicked Witch of the West from just going through the This wasn't terrible. The adaptation of this classic tale was very interesting, but changing significant trademark items (in my opinion) is silly and a waste. Although I did like how the graphics were more animated in Oz than the few from Kansas because it still holds that iconic change over that the film had held when Dorothy passes from the black and white world of Kansas to the colorful Oz. I did really enjoy how Dorothy's quest to kill the Wicked Witch of the West from just going through the woods and splashing her to a little bit more of a realistic enslavement idea where the shoes aren't glued to her feet rendering them untouchable by the witch. Plus the back story of the flying monkeys is also a tragic one that gives meaning to why you don't see them after they capture Dorothy. This book did have a lot of meaningful quotes, I'm only going to highlight a few. First, and my most favorite is "If your people's heads were stuffed with straw like mine, you'd probably all live in the beautiful places, and then Kansas would have no people at all. It's fortunate for Kansas that you have brains" (29). The straw man is trying to justify to Dorothy why his land is significantly more majestic than her own. Basically he is saying beauty is what you think of it, but brains over think the beauty of something within. My second quote was the conversation between the tin man and Oz because it's and interesting spin on the classic response. "Why, as for that, I think you're wrong to want a heart, it makes most people unhappy. You're lucky not to have one. That's a matter of opinion. I will bear unhappiness without a murmur, if you will give me a heart" (119). Rather than handing over a heart saying it is pointless until make unbreakable Oz forewarns tin man the danger of unhappiness that a heart may bring. Tin man ignores that because wants a heart so bad he will suffer in silence just to feel again. In my opinion, I believe that this represents how people crave something so intensely that they have to give in to the pain to get what they want. I do recommend this book to any people that feel as though the Wizard of Oz is the greatest story known to man, those who enjoy lots of author's ideas on how things connect, and people that really enjoy longer fictitious graphic novels. I also recommend you give the original text a shot if you enjoy novels because it's interesting to see what things fall in line and what is from the film, and even those things that stand alone.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This was a good book. It was a very quick read, and I enjoyed the book a lot because I've always loved the movie about the Wizard of Oz. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes fantasy. This was a good book. It was a very quick read, and I enjoyed the book a lot because I've always loved the movie about the Wizard of Oz. I would recommend the book to anyone who likes fantasy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Keilah Singleton

    The book is a PictureBook- Graphic Novel. It has not won any awards. I choose this book from the Temple Public Library catalog. The audience for this book 4th -8th grade. The book fits in the category because the novel is formatted into the form of a comic book. It gives the feeling of a picture book, but at a more mature level. The black and white colors in the book give it an eerie and scary feeling. It also makes it more dramatic because the colors are darker. I would use this book as a fun b The book is a PictureBook- Graphic Novel. It has not won any awards. I choose this book from the Temple Public Library catalog. The audience for this book 4th -8th grade. The book fits in the category because the novel is formatted into the form of a comic book. It gives the feeling of a picture book, but at a more mature level. The black and white colors in the book give it an eerie and scary feeling. It also makes it more dramatic because the colors are darker. I would use this book as a fun book in the classroom and put it in the class library and they could read it during free time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    3/5 A I've had this book since middle school and I never get rid of books I love. This comic in particular is a short but entertaining read, and is an acceptable adaptation of L. Frank Baum's original piece. I especially enjoy the blocky art and the character-defoning moments of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. This is a good read for anyone looking to not just read but to also see the The Wizard of Oz. 3/5 A I've had this book since middle school and I never get rid of books I love. This comic in particular is a short but entertaining read, and is an acceptable adaptation of L. Frank Baum's original piece. I especially enjoy the blocky art and the character-defoning moments of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. This is a good read for anyone looking to not just read but to also see the The Wizard of Oz.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Adams

    I liked this adaptation of the familiar story of Dorothy and her friends. The drawings were exciting showing a lot of movement. I love that it's all in black and white on newsprint type paper, not glossy and bright. The characters had a vintage Denslow look while being contemporary. It combines elements from the books into a nice story that flows well. This would be wonderful for people who only know the movie version and haven't read the books.....they may want to read them afterwards. I liked this adaptation of the familiar story of Dorothy and her friends. The drawings were exciting showing a lot of movement. I love that it's all in black and white on newsprint type paper, not glossy and bright. The characters had a vintage Denslow look while being contemporary. It combines elements from the books into a nice story that flows well. This would be wonderful for people who only know the movie version and haven't read the books.....they may want to read them afterwards.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Melendez

    Awards: None Appropriate grade level: 3rd-7th Original summary: Dorothy's house lands on a really ugly evil witch. The munchkins thank her and want her to stay but she just wants to go home. She must travel to the City of Emeralds to ask Oz, The Great and Good Wizard, for his help. She meets Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and the Lion along the way. Original review: I loved this modern comic book version of the classic Wizard of Oz. Dorothy is spunky and the "silver shoes" are funky. Some of the drawings Awards: None Appropriate grade level: 3rd-7th Original summary: Dorothy's house lands on a really ugly evil witch. The munchkins thank her and want her to stay but she just wants to go home. She must travel to the City of Emeralds to ask Oz, The Great and Good Wizard, for his help. She meets Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and the Lion along the way. Original review: I loved this modern comic book version of the classic Wizard of Oz. Dorothy is spunky and the "silver shoes" are funky. Some of the drawings are hilarious. The modern interpretation was a page turner even though I have read the original and have seen the movie several times. Possible in-class uses: 1. Create graphic novels based on classic books 2. Alternate ending (writing)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Rapp

    I feel bad saying this, but I wasn’t a big fan of the art style with this book. I did like that Cavallaro updated and modernized the story, but I didn’t like the style of art. I found it to be a little creepy at times. I didn’t like how the tin man looked. MVP: Glinda

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Baker

    I liked this more than I thought.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karim Elmenshawy

    How to work as team? ....That what story said .....

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I thought that that book gave more character to the characters in the story then from the movie and it does not put in the "It was all a dream" cliché but puts Dorothy outside of her family's house. I thought that that book gave more character to the characters in the story then from the movie and it does not put in the "It was all a dream" cliché but puts Dorothy outside of her family's house.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ediku Marjery Audery

    Good

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott Ollar

    Excellent adaptation, good artwork. Reminds you how different the popular movie is from the original novel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    CJ

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Wizard of Oz by Mike Caplivor, features a new way of fantasy. Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here,she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz. Who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. This book was truly great because of the life lessons taught in this book. Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas until a cyclone arrives The Wizard of Oz by Mike Caplivor, features a new way of fantasy. Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here,she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz. Who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. This book was truly great because of the life lessons taught in this book. Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas until a cyclone arrives, and picks her, her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She's helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she's also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who wants revenge for the death of her sister; the Wicked Witch of the East, and she blames Dorothy. I reccomend this book to fantasy lovers. It features a new way to look at fantasy with witches and talking animals. I also reccomend this to children of all ages. It is an easy book to relate to. It also teaches alot of life lessons valuable to life. This book is truly magnificent and everyone should read it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    This gets four stars just because of the art. It is absolutely beautiful and I love the modern take on Dorothy and Kansas. The only complaint I have is that I wish the dialogue and story had been updated a bit more in the sense of word choice. But beyond that it’s a graphic novel adaptation of the beloved book by L. Frank Baum so if you’ve read that it’s essentially the same thing just in graphic novel format. It’s very true to the story but condensed in some places, which I’m not upset about, i This gets four stars just because of the art. It is absolutely beautiful and I love the modern take on Dorothy and Kansas. The only complaint I have is that I wish the dialogue and story had been updated a bit more in the sense of word choice. But beyond that it’s a graphic novel adaptation of the beloved book by L. Frank Baum so if you’ve read that it’s essentially the same thing just in graphic novel format. It’s very true to the story but condensed in some places, which I’m not upset about, it flows quite well. This graphic novel would be a great one for those who want to dip a toe in to the graphic novel world or say “they don’t like graphic novels.” It’d be a great one to start with.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Allyssa

    In this book The Wizard Of Oz by Mike Cavallaro, Dorthy chases her dog Toto back in the house. There is a huge cyclone is comeing and Dorthy has to hurry! But it's to late, by the time Dorthy reaches Toto they are already flying in the air by the cyclone. Dorthy and Toto don't know what is going on at all! When they landed safely, on the ground, they were in a whole different country,when Dorthy's house landed it landed on the wicked witch of the west! Dorthy and Toto have to go on a long journy In this book The Wizard Of Oz by Mike Cavallaro, Dorthy chases her dog Toto back in the house. There is a huge cyclone is comeing and Dorthy has to hurry! But it's to late, by the time Dorthy reaches Toto they are already flying in the air by the cyclone. Dorthy and Toto don't know what is going on at all! When they landed safely, on the ground, they were in a whole different country,when Dorthy's house landed it landed on the wicked witch of the west! Dorthy and Toto have to go on a long journy if they want to get back home to aunt Em and uncle Henry. Read this book and find out who she runs into on the way to The Land Of Oz!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    May 2008 Teale, Kim, & Boerman Book Links article: ...one in a series of graphic novel versions of classics that Puffin produced (other titles of possible interest to elementary school students include Black Beauty and Treasure Island). Cavallaro’s retelling in graphic form is faithful to the original plot. His black and white drawings contain lots of action and detail, making Baum’s book come alive in interesting ways; and they also have a contemporary look (jeans, sunglasses, and even a buzz sa May 2008 Teale, Kim, & Boerman Book Links article: ...one in a series of graphic novel versions of classics that Puffin produced (other titles of possible interest to elementary school students include Black Beauty and Treasure Island). Cavallaro’s retelling in graphic form is faithful to the original plot. His black and white drawings contain lots of action and detail, making Baum’s book come alive in interesting ways; and they also have a contemporary look (jeans, sunglasses, and even a buzz saw that the Tin Woodman can project from the end of his arm).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Norm Keillor

    I always enjoy seeing stories told across different media. From the old 1939 musical movie to the books to the newer Oz movie and the 80s cartoon series, and now this graphic novel. Most people are so familiar with the classic movie that anything that differs from it seems sacrilege to them. This graphic novel was very entertaining and kept to the spirit of the original book. It wasn't complicated or splashy. The drawing was stylized and may take some readers a bit to get used to, but I think it I always enjoy seeing stories told across different media. From the old 1939 musical movie to the books to the newer Oz movie and the 80s cartoon series, and now this graphic novel. Most people are so familiar with the classic movie that anything that differs from it seems sacrilege to them. This graphic novel was very entertaining and kept to the spirit of the original book. It wasn't complicated or splashy. The drawing was stylized and may take some readers a bit to get used to, but I think it gives it a childlike quality.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carmine

    I love Oz. I like graphic novels. I like Oz graphic novels...I hope this gets some kids who like graphic novels to check out more of the Oz series. Cool that the artist went back to the original source and didn't base it so much on the movie- the witch has her magic cap and sends out the wolves and bees before the monkeys, etc. There are a few updates (The silver slippers now look like monk strap Doc Martens) but nothing too jarring. The art is ok. I love Oz. I like graphic novels. I like Oz graphic novels...I hope this gets some kids who like graphic novels to check out more of the Oz series. Cool that the artist went back to the original source and didn't base it so much on the movie- the witch has her magic cap and sends out the wolves and bees before the monkeys, etc. There are a few updates (The silver slippers now look like monk strap Doc Martens) but nothing too jarring. The art is ok.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sean Mccambridge

    This was graphic novel number two of my graphic novel extravaganza this past weekend. I have been a fan of The Wizard of Oz since I was a kid. I have read L. Frank Baum's novel at least a dozen times in my life, and I love adaptations of the novel. This was OK. The art was alright. It would have been nice if it were in color. It was reasonably close to the source material. I would really advise people to skip the graphic novel and jut read the original book. This was graphic novel number two of my graphic novel extravaganza this past weekend. I have been a fan of The Wizard of Oz since I was a kid. I have read L. Frank Baum's novel at least a dozen times in my life, and I love adaptations of the novel. This was OK. The art was alright. It would have been nice if it were in color. It was reasonably close to the source material. I would really advise people to skip the graphic novel and jut read the original book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I cannot believe how excited some of my kids were to read this. The updates are interesting and I personally didn't like them that much (I LOVED THE OZ BOOKS growing up), but they are easy access and a gateway book. Huzzah, indeed. I cannot believe how excited some of my kids were to read this. The updates are interesting and I personally didn't like them that much (I LOVED THE OZ BOOKS growing up), but they are easy access and a gateway book. Huzzah, indeed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Taralee Scott

    (Graphic Novel) I have never read a graphic novel before this one and I chose it because of the familiar story. It was a little odd getting used to the format, but I think that it was done in a way that will be sure to get children interested in classics.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    its not that different from the movie but there is more characters like flying monkeys etc.But in my opinion this graphic novel is a lot better then the movie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I liked this more than I thought.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ash

    The illustrations were very blah.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    a very quick read my son took only a hour to read it. very simplified text but does encompass much of the book

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I really liked it but if you are looking for for a comic that follows the movie this is NOT it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wendie

    Not bad for the graphic novel of a classic. Not too kiddie and the art was pretty good. Stuck to the storyline well. Wasn't just a rip off of the movie. Not bad for the graphic novel of a classic. Not too kiddie and the art was pretty good. Stuck to the storyline well. Wasn't just a rip off of the movie.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    I decided to read this again because it was a really good book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    ErikaR

    I think that kids will like this version. The animations are great for the targeted audience (ages 9 to 12). It has a silly sense of humor. I recommended for your classroom library (grades 4 -6).

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