The Wizard of OZ Colouring in a Story Book. Frank Baum, illus. Nikki Wright
This classic children’s novel is one that has been shaped by the Judy Garland film rather than by the novel itself. Everyone knows of the Yellow Brick Road, Elton John sang about it and everyone knows Toto and the wicked witches of the East and West. The red shoes are iconic and the stories of the Tinman, the lion and the Scarecrow and their wants and needs are inbred.
What was needed for this novel is what this book does. It invites the new young reader back into the book by providing whole page, double page and half page illustrations to be coloured in with crayon, pastels or paints or whatever.
It is a bigger than usual spread for a book with a picture book look about it but the written text is that of L Frank Baum and his wonderful story.
It is a technique to get children to read the classic and to use their imagination by colouring in the plain illustrations. To make the book their own.
Well done I say. I re-read the book and found some differences from the film. You will too.
This is a book for everyone because it helps personalise a brilliant story.