L. FRANK BAUM by Angelica Shirley Carpenter

L. FRANK BAUM

Royal Historian of Oz
Age Range: 9 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 An impressively researched account of Baum's variegated career as writer, actor, impresario, filmmaker, and devoted family man, whose health and finances were both often precarious. Many amusing or telling anecdotes give a strong sense of the man's personality; Carpenter also includes plot summaries of most of his books and a fascinating afterword on ``Oz and the Censors.'' Exceptionally well illustrated, with b&w photos, drawings, or maps on nearly every page. Some cavils: parts of the book are almost too detailed (e.g., an entire chapter is devoted to the itinerary of a five-month vacation); and one might wish that some of the illustrations had been enlarged. Still, highly recommended for any collection whose young readers need to know not just ``something'' but quite a lot about this author. Bibliographies; index. (Biography. 9+)

Pub Date: May 11th, 1992
ISBN: 0-8225-4910-7
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Lerner
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1992