Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Check out these OZ illustrations!

Many thanks to Old Man Musings for pointing the way to BibliOdyssey featuring this first-rate gallery of incredibly vivid William Wallace Denslow illustrations from "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
The original OZ tale is one of my favorite books of all time,
When I was a kid...I had my mother's torn and tattered childhood copy of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Mom was born in the late 20s, so even though it was a much later printing, it still featured these very same Denslow illustrations--colored in the strangely muted palate of colors you will see when you link over to BibliOdyssey.
The picture in the upper right hand corner above is a very interesting one because it is a diagram of action taking place in the book.
You can only command the Monkeys three times.
Each time Dorothy summons the Monkeys it was illustrated by showing a picture of the hat with the appropriate number scratched out.
Pretty progressive way to communicate an idea in a kid's book in 1900 if you ask me!

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