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The Wizard of Oz

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October 1, 2008 | Hardcover | 10 x 7, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781582434551
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"Zwerger's fantastical, delicate, eccentric illustrations bear no resemblance to the vision of the movie; they make the classic tale new again." —Publishers Weekly

The story is the same, and yet it’s entirely different. In this fascinating reinterpretation of L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz, artist Graham Rawle has stripped the epic story about Dorothy’s journey to Oz of all remnants of Hollywood iconography. Gone are the Judy Garland braids, the Technicolor ruby slippers, the ethereal Glinda the Good Witch. In their place, Rawle has fashioned graphic-novelesque characters and scenery that are at once relentlessly modern and also devoutly loyal to Baum’s original text: The Wicked Witch of the West “has but one good eye” and it is “as powerful as a telescope,” while Emerald City only appears to be green because the inhabitants are made to wear tinted glasses.

Infused with color, images, and montages that bring the classic story alive all over again, this is an Oz that is both surreal and surprising—just as it should be.

GRAHAM RAWLE is a writer and collage artist, and is a lecturer on Sequential Design and Illustration at the University of Brighton. He lives in London.

Praise

“Viennese illustrator and Hans Christian Andersen Medalist Lisbeth Zwerger takes a fresh look at L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz in a large-format edition. Zwerger’s fantastical, delicate, eccentric illustrations bear no resemblance to the vision of the movie; they make the classic tale new again. And readers can view the Emerald City through a pair of green-tinted glasses, provided in the back of the book.” —Publishers Weekly

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