Category Archives: 75th Anniversary

How Many Ways Are There to Celebrate Oz?

OSU Marching Band Melts Their Version of the Wicked Witch

It’s incredible to me how one story continues to captivate audiences and readers. The year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the movie The Wizard of Oz continues, and this makes me proud to be a resident of the Buckeye state! I thought it was wonderfully creative. What do you think?

A Wizard of Oz Parody?

Yep, creative!

A Kid’s Review of The Wizard of Oz

See? Kids still love it and who doesn’t have a favorite character?

Happy 75th Anniversary Wizard of Oz!

Wizard of Oz Turns 75!

If you look around in bookstores, on the Internet, and on television, you’re bound to notice sooner or later that this year marks the 75th anniversary of the movie The Wizard of Oz! This is a great time for fans of the movie to pick up memorabilia dedicated to this special birthday.

Annie's Stories Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz Merchandise

What collectables have you seen? 
Wizard of Oz Where is Annie's Stories?
Wizard of Oz for Annie's Stories
My friend Sandy sent me this card as I was working on the manuscript for Annie’s Stories

Wizard of Oz trashcan
She later sent me this for St. Patrick’s Day!

Wizard of Oz and Annie’s Stories

Of course I’d love for folks to include my new book Annie’s Stories in their collectables when gathering up items in this special landmark year. Long before the movie there was the book, you know. And I thought it would be interesting to explore what folks at the time thought of L. Frank Baum’s tale. From the New York Times, September 8, 1900 (Baum’s launch week of his new book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.)

“In ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ the fact is clearly recognized that the young as well as their elders love novelty.”
Now isn’t that the truth still today!
“There seems to be an inborn love of stories in child minds, and one of the most familiar and pleading requests of children is to be told another story.”
I certainly hope that’s still true!
“…it will indeed be strange if there be a normal child who will not enjoy the story.”
What an endorsement! 🙂

Do you love the story still today? If you’ve read Annie’s Stories, what part of what Annie read in the book resonated the most with you?

More Wizard of Oz Memorbilia

Because the cover of my book bears the cover of Baum’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, it makes a great collectable don’t you think?
Annie's Stories with the Wonderful Wizard of Oz
My friend Jaime Wright thinks so! 🙂

Happy 75th Anniversary Wizard of OZ!

While it’s been 75 years since MGM introduced the movie, my readers know the story has been around a lot longer than that. This fall will mark 114 years since L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published.

But most folks are more familiar with the movie, and I have to admit it’s one of my all time favorites. Since the theme of Annie’s Stories is finding the place where your heart finds a home, I thought I’d celebrate with this clip.