Sunday, March 2, 2008


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was always one of my favorite reads as a child. I mean not just the Wizard, but also Ozma of Oz, Return to Oz, The Patchwork Girl and so on for all 14 volumes. After reading There's No Place Like Home by Cecelia Ahern, I want to reread all of them.
Ms. Ahern set her modern fairy tale in Ireland where the heroine, Sandy Shortt, found a parallel world much like Dorothy did in her adventures with the Wizard. Only being a modern tale, Sandy had to find her own way back. I won't spoil the book for you- you'll have to read it yourself, but I will tell you I enjoyed it. I really expected a frothy bit of chick lit but it was an interesting tale that made you think. The author's first book was written while she was still in university and has since been made into a sappy Hollywood romance (maybe I'm not being fair to it as I haven't seen it-just the reports of my university age daughter who laughed and cried throughout.) P.S. I Love You was well received and is still being widely read.
I had a love/hate relationship with the classic Wizard of Oz movie-loved the Good Witch Glinda, was terrified of the Wicked Witch of the West. And who can blame me-she was pretty scary, especially if you're under the age of 5. I'm so glad she no longer does.
And there is really is no place like home, no matter how old you are or where you live.