The Road to Oz

Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum

By Kathleen Krull; Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375832161, 1pp.

Publication Date: September 23, 2008

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Description

KATHLEEN KRULL’S LIVELY text traces the life of L. Frank Baum from his dreamy privileged childhood in mid-19th-century upstate New York through the many detours on his road to Oz. A failure as an actor, a breeder of prize chickens, a merchant in a wild west town, among other occupations, he finally made a success doing exactly what he had always loved to do: tell stories for children. Along the way, we see the antecedents of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, green glasses, and other characters and attributes of the famous fantasy land. This is the first biography of L. Frank Baum that children can enjoy.

With the same verve she brought to her biography of Dr. Seuss, Kathleen Krull’s wry prose couples with Kevin Hawke’s exuberant paintings and drawings to create a book not to be missed by Oz fans of all ages.




About the Author
Kathleen Krull is a prominent biographer for young people. Her Wilma Unlimited was named an ALA Notable Book; her Lives of the Musicians was a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award winner; and her other nonfiction has won countless other awards. Kathleen also wrote A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull for Walker & Company. She and her husband, illustrator Paul Brewer, live in San Diego, California.Kevin Hawkes has illustrated more than forty books for children, included the "New York Times" bestseller "The Library Lion", "Weslandia", Michael Ian Black's "A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea", and "Santa in Cincinatti". He lives in Southern Maine, where he can be found wandering aimlessly in his garden, unless forced indoors, where he creates imaginary landscapes with cobalt blue skies.
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