The Wizard Of Oz by Frank Baum (Bookies Book Club done BOOKIES STYLE!)
You probably know the story… (I hope you know the story!) There’s this chick named Dorothy who is kind of ungrateful living on a farm with her aunt and uncle with her dog Toto. Then one day a tornado hits (in my book it was a cyclone) and Dorothy winds up flying in her home to another place called – yup you guessed it … Oz, where she works hard (and this is the big plot line) to find her way home AND in the mean time makes some friends with a Tin Man, a Scarecrow and a Lion – but not a scary lion because he really is rather skid-dish.
Toss in a spooky green witch who wants Dorothy and her little dog too… a crazy Oz man who liked to refer to himself as the “Great and Powerful Oz” (I know like mid life crisis or what? Why doesn’t he just get a sports car?) and you have quite a little story going here….
So… this was out October Classic read for Bookies book club. When we chose it back in July we thought we were brilliant because although we knew about the Wizard Of Oz from the movie… none of us had read the book. Well, seriously – what a blast we had… the food the awesome and the discussion was fun.
There are so many differences between the book and the movie it was kind of fun because of course – the book was more detailed. For instance, did you know that in the book Dorothy’s shoes are silver and not red? They were made red for the movie because red stood out more. AND originally the yellow brick road was supposed to be red?
SO many more details! The book has a chapter where there are people made of China – yes, china like the plates! It was interesting to think that this book was so forward thinking for a book written in 1900.
Oh, and another fun fact – Judy Garland was originally supposed to be in the movie Gone With The Wind but bowed out of that role to play Dorothy! At the time the movies were made, there was no way of knowing the hits they both would come to be!
Our book review consisted of a little trivia and a lot of good food… just see for yourself:
Over all our group rating was 3.8 out of a 5 possibility. A few preferred the movie, I as well as a few others enjoyed the book more because it introduced things that were not in the movie. I highly recommend the Wizard of Oz for a fun book discussion. We really had a great time!