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by Donald Abbott

  • Author: Donald Abbott
  • ISBN: 0929605160
  • ISBN13: 978-0929605166
  • ePub: 1191 kb | FB2: 1206 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Emerald City Pr; First Edition edition (June 1, 1991)
  • Pages: 110
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 802
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How the Wizard Came to Oz ePub download

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Donald Abbott wrote 6 books and illustrated a couple more between 1991 and 1998 for The Emerald City Press. Weak prequel to the Oz books, explaining how the Wizard arrived in Oz, crossed the paths of several witches and sets himself up in the emerald city.

Donald Abbott wrote 6 books and illustrated a couple more between 1991 and 1998 for The Emerald City Press. Some nice ideas, but very lightweight and relies on you knowing the Oz stories, so it doesn't bother to build up many of the s.

How the Wizard Came to Oz, the exciting, untold prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. .Written and illustrated by Oz scholar Donald Abbott, known for his popular Emerald City Press novels and illustrations, How the Wizard Came to Oz reveals the true story of the Wizard of Oz!

com! The Royal Timeline of Oz. Book series. Written and illustrated by Oz scholar Donald Abbott, known for his popular Emerald City Press novels and illustrations, How the Wizard Came to Oz reveals the true story of the Wizard of Oz! When Oscar Diggs crosses the Deadly Desert by balloon, he find himself in a strange land where wicked witches rule and magic is real!

How the Wizard Came to Oz is a 1991 prequel Oz book by Donald Abbott. It tells the story of the Wizard of Oz's arrival in Oz as the title implies, and his subsequent first meeting with the Wicked Witch of the West.

How the Wizard Came to Oz is a 1991 prequel Oz book by Donald Abbott. It also depicts several other events that lead up to Dorothy’s arrival in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. High winds draw Oscar Diggs' hot air balloon into Oz, where he encounters the Wicked Witch of the West in Winkie Country.

Donald Abbott is a contemporary Oz author and illustrator. He maintains an allegiance to what might be called "early Oz" - his books are set early in the chronology established by the Oz books, with some being prequels to Baum's novels. Abbott draws connections with early Baum books like Father Goose and with the 1902 stage musical adaptation of the first Oz book. He is also known for maintaining a style of graphic art that is modeled on that of W. W. Denslow, the original Oz illustrator.

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Circus showman Oscar Zoroaster arrives by balloon in the land of Oz, becomes the Wizard of Oz, and defeats the Wicked Witches of the East and West
Kirizius
As much as I love the Oz books, it's great to know that even today writers continue to go back to Baum's wonderful world and try to build and expand upon it. That said, this book, "How the Wizard Came to Oz," is a nice enough entry but doesn't feel all that necessary.
The book tells, as the title implies, the story of how Oscar Zoroaster went from being a carnival man in America to the Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz. It tells of his early encounters with the Wicked Witches of both the East and the West, how people in the Emerald City came to wear green spectacles and fills in a lot of other gaps in the first book.
But some of the things Abbott delves into in this book feel kind of superfluous. Cameos by all three of Dorothy's original companions -- the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Woodman -- add nothing to the story and seem to be pure padding. Other things, like a quick joke referring to the classic MGM film, just distract you from Baum's Oz and jerk you out into the real world where you've seen Judy Garland deliver this joke a thousand times in a thousand re-watchings of the movie.
It's a decent book if you're an Ozophile and want to get everything worth getting, but for the casual reader, if you take a pass you'll have nothing to regret.
Haracetys
Excellent work! The author knows his stuff and even adds a few clever homages to the classic film.
Jia
How The Wizard Came To Oz is a 1991 prequel to the L. Frank Baum book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Donald Abbott wrote 6 books and illustrated a couple more between 1991 and 1998 for The Emerald City Press. The Wonderful Wiki of Oz describes him as follows:

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"He maintains an allegiance to what might be called 'early Oz' -- his books are set early in the chronology established by the Oz books, even to the point of being prequels to Baum's novels. Abbott draws connections with early Baum books like Father Goose and with the 1902 stage musical adaptation of the first Oz book. He is also known for maintaining a style of graphic art that is modeled on that of W. W. Denslow, the original Oz illustrator."

The major difference between this book and the new Disney movie, Oz The Great and Powerful, is that Abbott's book is a prequel to Baum's book, where the movie is a prequel to the 1939 MGM movie The Wizard of Oz. Here we find a traveling circus ventriloquist who gets carried away in a lighter than air balloon and lands in the western region of Oz populated by Winkies and ruled by the Wicked Witch of the West. Struggling against this witch and her sister the Wicked Witch of the East, the helpless but gentle Oz is secretly helped by Glinda the Good.

As the story progresses, Abbott introduces a lot of the major characters of the Baum series: the scarecrow, the tin man, the flying monkeys, the guardian of the gate, and the royal army. Being a prequel, we know how it will end, but for those who have read Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this is a well crafted story, especially for children, with information about how the wizard came to be. It is more faithful than imaginative, and breaks little new ground. His illustrations in the style of W. W. Denslow are delightful and truly add to the story.
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David Abbott is a writer and illustrator who has worked on several Oz titles, including doing the artwork for the reprint of L. Frank Baum's original story of Dot And Tot In Merryland for which the original illustrations had been lost a century ago. Abbott has created several Oz books on his own of which have been printed by Books Of Wonder including: The Amber Flute Of Oz, Father Goose In Oz, and The Speckled Rose Of Oz. He even decided to do his own prequal to the original Wizard Of Oz, a few years before Gregory Maquire had started his Wicked series. Abbott started what was essentially a two-part prequal with How The Wizard Came To Oz.

The Wizard's secret origins are a little similar to most of what was referred to in Oz books. Oscar Diggs is a circus performer who learns various tricks of the trade, and one day takes the circus' balloon for a joyride, but ends up in Oz. He is confronted by the Wicked Witch of the West who runs the Winkie Country. She summons up her allies: the wolves, the bees, and the crow, but Oscar uses his ventriloquism skills to scare them all off. The Winkies proclaim him to be the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the Witch heads east to seek help from her sister. The Witch of the East tells her sister of the magical Golden Cap which she can use to control the flying monkeys. The Wicked Witch eventually claims the cap, and forces the monkeys to drive the Wizard out of the west by balloon. After landing in the north of Oz, the Wizard manages to defeat a group of Kalidahs. The grateful citizens then help him begin constuction on the Emerald City, to which the Wizard uses the trick of the green spectacles to make it seem greener than it was. The Witches then join forces to launch attacks on the Emerald City. The East Witch employs the silver shoes' magic to create a yellow brick road straight to the city for her troops, as well as a giant spider(the one the Lion later fights). The Wizard manages to ward them off with more of his circus tricks, and saves the Emerald City...for now.

This book leads into the sequal(but still prequal)How The Wizard Saved Oz. It acts as a pretty good prelude for the Oz legacy, although it seems to skip through alot of the more specific details of the Wizard's early years. There's even some lead in to the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman's origins. Donald Abbott has some slightly impressive illustrations too as he modeled his work after W.W. Denslow. If you want to see a comprehensive and enjoyable view at the Young Oscar Diggs Chronicles, then give this one a look.
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