Strange and beautiful, with many more interesting personalities and adventures than you can see in the film. The slower this book you read, the better it is. This book is a metaphor for a lifetime trip. It implies that everyone in life is looking for something. I liked the book and was hooked in chapter one right away from the cyclone. I'd suggest this to all enthusiasts of fantasy.This book is a very good reading classic. Most individuals understand the story outline, and I did as well. But there were a few challenges in store in this book. However, I don't want to spoil them for you. Actually, there are quite a few violent scenes, mostly with the Tin Woodsman cutting things off head off, but that didn't really bother me, I think I'm just not that emotional. Overall, this was a pretty good read but if you are sensitive, maybe not. 4/5. @TheBookWorm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board.