Saturday, February 24, 2018

This Week's Oz Short Story

A little short one from the 1989 issue of Oziana, and not really even one that fits the issue's theme of Oz movies. This is a version of The Wizard of Oz retold by Roger Phillips, with illustrations by Chris Sterling. Dorothy lives with Uncle Henry, who is a custodian at New York City's biggest magic store. A witch comes in and traps Dorothy in one of the magic cabinets, which then takes her to Oz. She meets the Good Witch of the North and the Munchkins, they send her to the Emerald City—and that's it! I suspect this was the first part of what was going to be a longer work, but for whatever reason this is all that was ever published. It's cute, and Sterling's pictures are great. He gives Dorothy a nice modern spin without looking too much of a particular time.

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