- Dorothy is much younger in the book - the original Denslow illustrations show her as a very little girl, Alice-size or smaller.
- She is also more passive than in the film (which gives the scarecrow, lion and woodman a bit more character development).
- Oz is a distant part of our world, not a dream (so Uncle Henry and Auntie Em have to rebuild their house after the cyclone removes it).
- The Kansas section at the start of the book is very short, and the section at the end even shorter (half a page).
- The Wizard interviews the four travellers separately, when they arrive in the Emerald City, and appears different to each of them.
- The Emerald City isn't all that green - residents and visitors are forced to wear green-tinted spectacles.
- The magic shoes are silver rather than red.
- Dorothy and friends encounter a country populated by living china figurines and another populated by sinister "Hammerheads".
- There are no songs.
May Books 14) The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
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