The Marvelous Land of Oz

9781614792352. ea vol: illus. by Skottie Young. 24p. (Marvel Illustrated Series). ABDO/Spotlight. 2014. lib. ed. $24.21.
Gr 4 Up—Using interesting comic design, Shanower and Young give an entertaining twist to L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz sequel. The adaptation focuses on young Tip, a boy of unknown parentage in the service of the witch Mombi. Through a foiled plan and a witch's trick, Tip becomes the "father" of a walking pumpkin-headed man and, later, a horse made of logs. The trio starts on a journey to the Emerald City, meets King Scarecrow, and encounters an army of women who wish to overthrow Oz. Each volume leaves readers wanting to know more. Well-illustrated and told with simple words, these brief books make engaging companions to the original novel.—Sarah Knutson, American Canyon Middle School, CA

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