Santore’s Oz

One of the books I bought at last week’s library sale was Charles Santore’s rendering of The Wizard of Oz. I don’t know why more people don’t read the Oz books. They’re wonderful– at least Baum’s are (there are dozens– even hundreds?– of sequels by other authors). Robert Sabuda’s pop-up version, complete with green cardboard glasses, is wonderful and impressive, but the illustrations in Santore’s 2-D edition mix the startlingly lifelike with a ghoulish cartoonishness reminiscent of Maurice Sendak. (And for a pretentious critical theory inside joke– his Wizard does look like Derrida.)


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3 Responses to Santore’s Oz

  1. editor galaxy says:


    okay, so we read the first oz book to elizabeth while she slumbered in utero, and we started the second book… and then stopped. we didn’t dig it as much. which of the other oz books to you recommend we read? I know you like ’em all, but which are the creme de la creme?

  2. Jessica Smith says:

    Gosh– I remember liking them all. But… 4, 6, 7, 11, 13 and 14. I remember especially liking 4 and 6, with the earthquake one being the most memorable to me now.

  3. R says:

    I didn’t realize there were so many.

    I miss Derrida. Not his books… just his lectures.


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