The Road to Oz by Kathleen Krull

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Subtitle: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum
Stars: ****

Summary: The biography of the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz books, in illustrated format, meant for children but enjoyable by adults as well. With beautiful illustrations by Kevin Hawkes that compliment the story and make you feel like you are truly watching his life unfold.

I picked up this book at the library. I love the Wizard of Oz movie and have read the original Wizard of Oz book as well. As I state in that review, I’d love to read them all but my library isn’t very helpful. I’ve also read The Boy on Fairfield Street by Kathleen Krull (biography of Dr. Seuss)

I learned some interesting points about L. Frank Baum’s life that I didn’t know. He had a rough life. He always enjoyed writing but he was quite far into his life when he finally stumbled upon a book that was a best seller.

This book would appeal to anyone, child or adult who is interested in the Wizard of Oz and wants to know a bit about the author.

Links of Interest: Kathleen Krull’s Website, I.N.K. – Interesting Nonfiction for Kids (a blog of which the author contributes to.)

Other Reviews: Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (focus on illustrations more),

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.