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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Made More Wonderful by Graphic Artist Michael Sieben

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“Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.”

As a lover of beautifully illustrated children’s books, especially fresh takes on works by literary legends, I was thrilled to come across a brand new edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (public library), L. Frank Baum’s indispensable addition to the best children’s books with timeless philosophy for grown-ups, featuring gorgeous illustrations by skateboard graphic artist Michael Sieben, co-owner and head deck designer of Roger Skateboards.

Sieben’s singular style — at once grotesque and charming, eerie and endearing, a refreshingly odd cross between Edward Gorey, anime, and Lynd Ward’s vintage woodcuts — comes through once again here as it did in his 2009 fine art monograph, There’s Nothing Wrong With You (Hopefully).

Thanks, Anique; images courtesy Michael Sieben

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