May 31, 2013

L. Frank Baum and 'The Shadow Window'

This link came to me via my daughter. Thanks, Cecil!

I know, it's from  the Daily Mail, so make of it what you will, but it's pretty interesting. L. Frank Baum has many careers before he wrote The Wizard of Oz, including that of window dresser.  I am a serious Oz fan, but not because of Baum's first Oz book. It's all the others I loved. I feel pretty safe saying that without the sequels to The Wizard of Oz, there would be no Enchanted Conversation, and probably no writing career for me. So I am always Oz-interested!

Jack Pumpkinhead and Sawhorse illustration, by John R. Neill


  1. Another in a long line of great illustrations I've not seen before--Thanks!

  2. I think I always like this version of Jack the pumpkin king better just because I think he can be scarier than the skeleton version. Mostly because skeletons have been so over used that children, unless very young, have become desensitized to them and so are no longer frightened by them. It also make me think of the Charlie Brown movie "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" as the Peanuts gang have always made me laugh and smile my favorites being Woodstock and Snoopy of course.