The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is both innocent and insightful.
It did not create complicated villains and monsters to engage the readers in a journey through Oz. Rather, it painted a world through: colors (blue, yellow, red and green), terrains (poppy fields, rocky terrains, forest and yellow brick road) and quirky characters (Munchkins, Quadlings, Winged Monkeys and Field Mice).
Not all elements may be of pure innocence (Blame the Wicked Witch of the West!) but it is a children’s story just the same. Theme of friendship is consistent throughout.
As a slightly older reader, I still have some questions left unanswered. The book left me curious enough to continue journeying through Oz. Looking forward to meeting again some of the characters from the first book.
Currently reading: Ultimate collection of the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (E-book)