cover image The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum, illus. by Robert Ingpen. Sterling, $19.95 (192p) ISBN 978-1-4027-7546-8

Ninth in Ingpen’s series of illustrated classics, this atmospheric outing blends elements of American realism with elegant whimsy. With surprising emotion, Ingpen conveys the Tin Woodman’s grim transformation, one limb at a time, from a human into a metal automaton; his scrawny Wicked Witch of the West, with her spidery black hair, overcoat, and striped stockings, would be equally at home roaming New York City’s West Village as she would the yellow brick road. Readers yet to discover the story of Oz will find a wholly original vision in this edition. Ages 10–up. (Oct.)