This is part two of our The Wizard of Oz review, as it were! You can read the first part here if you missed it. The general consensus was to be actively talking about the book and our progress. For our first foray into sorting out the book club I don’t think we did that bad of a job! Now onto our opinions of the book as we have both finished it.
Jess: I definitely found the book to be a bit of a slog. I enjoyed reading it, finishing it within a few days of starting it but there are quite a few parts that I just could not get into. I think the hardest part for me was the way it was written. It was a welcome break from a higher level of writing, as I mentioned in my first thoughts, but it did grow quite dull as I continued on with it. When it got to around chapter 15 I wanted it to be over. I’m not sure whether my age had any effect on reading it (I usually have no trouble reading children’s books) but the simplicity did grow tiresome towards the end. I was generous and rated it 3 stars but I’m in no hurry to read it again any time soon!
Ann: I actually want to bring out the same thing that Jess did, it seemed to be a bit too simple. For me it was a completely new experience and honestly I was extremely disappointed. I expected the level of Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the hidden messages and everything…. I honestly don’t understand all of the good words people give it.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t completely hate the book because I’m sure that if I was 10 years younger I’d enjoy and love the book but now it wasn’t really my cup of tea. I will definitely reread it and if I ever happen to have kids or something I will read it to them and maybe in 10 years time I’ll find something completely new, who knows but for now it got 2 out of 5 stars from me.
This time there will be now live discussion about it but the next time we definitely will. I hope you all enjoyed our post and opinion on this classic children story.
Ann & Jess