Review: The Wizard of Oz (Oz #1) by L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum


Dorothy thinks she's lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival--will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?
My opinion:
I loved this book so much! I marked 5 things while I was reading it:
1. "Brains are the only things worth having in world, no matter whether one is a crow or a man'' (chapter 4): this quote is so true!
2. ''I shall take the heart,' returned the Tin Woodman, 'for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.'' (chapter 5): also very true!
3. ''Oh, yes,'said the gir, 'and he is a great coward, too; so that he will be more afraid of you then you are of him.'' (chapter 10): people are afraid of big things, but you shouldn't be afraid of them!
4. The entire chapter 20: this chapter reminded me so much of the typical Dutch ''traditions'': blue china, cows, milkmaids etc. that it was really funny to read about.
I've never read this story before but I remember watching the movie as a child, but I couldn't remember anything about it. Even though it's a fantasy story for children, the moral in here is really, really good!
As you can see this is the first book in a series. I'm not sure if I want to continue because of two reasons:
1. I don't own the rest of them and they are not available in the same edition as this one.
2. I heard the other 13 (!) books are kinda similar and that the characters that are named on the titles aren't main characters in the book but side characters.
Should I continue this series or just stick with the first book?