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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Two new books

Well the last few days here have been absolutely some of the best we have had in a very long time--in the 80's to mid 80's for days and I for one have been outside as much as possible. My brother has been here since Friday so posts have sort of come to a stand still.

Between the yard work, the bar-b-queing and some doll work we have been very busy. Then you through in the shopping and well a guy has to sleep some time .

There have been new Oz items added in the last few days courtesy of my little brother which I have to photograph but today I want to cover two new books I just finished reading last night.

Comic book style would better describe what they are and I got at my local comic book.nostalgic toy shop here in town. He has been rather good to me watching for Oz stuff.
The first is "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" written by L. Frank Baum but adapted by David Chavel and Enrique Fernandez. Of course many of you know the original story was written in April 1900 this version is basically the book version Baum wrote way before the MGM 1939 Classic so many of us love. This one has a publish date of 2006 and is fully illustrated and in full color and is 103 pages in length broken down into three chapters. This one I think would be a delightful gift for a child of say 9-10 to read on their own or even younger read as bed time stories. What a great introduction to the book.

The second one is also Comic book in style by the ever creative and incredibly talented Eric Shanower by DarkHouse Comics. The title is "The Blue Witch of Oz" and was published in 1992. Eric wrote and fully illustrated this gorgeous book in the style that John R. Neill used in most of Baum's books. This story is basically the Story of the Good Witch of the East, and no I don't want to give away more than that .
I ask that you keep me in your thoughts and prayers on Tuesday as that is the day I go into Cleveland Clinic for my one time second opinion Dr. Gopal (My HIV Specialist) wants me to have I am a little nervous about it but hopefully things will be a little more clear after that visit.

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