Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Rhodes' The Wiz of the West

I finished reading The Wiz of the West by S. Clayton Rhodes. It's a cute story, but it made me sad because this is definitely a book best read with kids. And I don't have those, can't have them, and the house is nowhere near ready for the home inspection of the adoption process. Sigh.

You can buy this book directly from the publisher, Woodland Press, an Independent West Virginia Book Publisher. It's also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and BooksAMillion.
The Blurb

THE WIZ OF THE WEST (An Alternate Take on the Wizard of Oz Theme). You know the story, you know the movie. But have you ever stopped to wonder what might have happened if that Kansas twister had brought Dorothy Gale not to Oz, but to the Old West?
Follow the adventures of Dotty and her friends the Scared Crow, Lionel and the tinhorn as they pit their wits against Hawknose Halley and her dog brigade and buzzards. Ole Hawknose is none too happy about someone dropping a house on her little sister, the Widder Schwartz, and she'll do anything to get her hands on her sis's ruby red ramblers, which Dotty now wears.
Ozwald P. Harroway, the Wiz of the West, may be Dotty's only hope to return home, but he's in Green Glen, a long ways from Castle Butte.
Along her dangerous quest, Dotty learns friendship is some pretty potent magic. She also finds there's no place like home, home on the range!

Based on the play by Michael McGill and
Inspired by the novels of L. Frank Baum
My Review
The Wiz of the West by S Clayton Rhodes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A twist on an old classic, with several puns to keep kids thinking. Also introduces them to new words and concepts. For example, kids will learn the meaning of the word agoraphobia and that it can be caused by bullying. The story is told in an optimistic manner with a strong emphasis on the importance of friendship.

I have never seen the play that this story is based on but I could easily imagine a bunch of kids reenacting this in a classroom setting and could see teachers using this as a tool for teaching young kids how to interact with each other. I can't wait to pass this one on to my niece and nephew!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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