Saturday, September 21, 2013

Books On Film | The Wizard of Oz

For the next week The Wizard of Oz (1939) will be playing in IMAX theaters, including the theater in Downtown Stockton. If you've ever wanted to see it on the big screen, now is your chance.

The movie is an adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 classic book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The book tells the story of a young girl, Dorothy, who gets swept into a magical land called Oz. The books were so popular with children that the author wrote several sequels before he died in 1919 and after his death other authors were contracted by his publishing company to write even more sequels. [see a full list of Oz books here]

The book has been transformed into a stage play, live-action films, as well as serving as the inspiration for the 2013 film Oz: The Great and Powerful

Trivia Time: Which character is NOT from The Wizard of Oz?
  • Toto
  • The Cowardly Lion
  • The Umpa Lumpas
  • The Scarecrow
  • The Tinman
  • The Wicked Witch of the East
  • Glenda the Good Witch
 Covers courtesy of LibraryThing.

Answer: The Umpa Lumpas. They are from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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