The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a lot of firsts. The first American
fairy-tale. The first fairy-tale to have a happy ending.The first piece
of merchindice in a phnomenon. The fist fairy-tale to get a lot of
sequels. Those sequels were the first to be ghost written after. One
of the less celebrated firsts is the format. There are no black and
white pictures, all pictures are at least, one color besides white.
These pictures are on nearly every page of the 260 page book There are
one-sided full color plates, (this is the first time they have been
one-sided in the Books of Wonder hardcover edition) for each of the 24 chapters.
This means the book is less then 260 pages. All of this means the book
is more accsessible to children than it appears. The first person to
think of this clever format was L. Frank Baum himself. ALL children's
books, INCLUDING all books considered children's books (The Hobbit and
Harry Potter, for example) and the books children have to read for
school, should have AT LEAST ONE IN-PRINT EDITION IN THIS FORMAT.
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Discuss the places, people and other Ozzy things in the Land of Oz itself. Look for info about Oz books, their authors, illustrators and contemporary successors.