When I thought about it, I was pretty surprised to realize that I’d never read the original book version of The Wizard of Oz. Of course, I’d seen the movie (both in regular and Dark Side of the Rainbow versions), but never read the book.
I mention that because last night I finished up this graphic novel adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was written by Eric Shanower and illustrated by Skottie Young. I got it for Christmas last year from my sister and brother-in-law, and they said it was one of their favorites. And yep, it’s pretty great!
If you happen to have a glance at my Sitzbook project for this year, you’ll see that a couple have been graphic novels. They were all excellent, but this was perhaps the best, mainly since it was all self-contained, and I didn’t have to wait until I got the following ones to see how the story continued. But this particular story is timeless, of course, and the illustrations are superb.
I don’t have a lot more to say about it, although it did remind me of one of my favorite quotes, which the wizard says to the Cowardly Lion:
Very wise words to end on, I’d say. Thanks for reading!