Classics Illustrated Junior

The Japanese Lantern

1964, Gilberton Company.

The first thing is a connect-the-dots puzzle. Then the story begins with an old weaver with two young boys. His wife, I assume, is dead. When the boys get old enough they get married and bring their brides to meet their father.

They want to visit their homes in another village but the weaver won't let them go; he doesn't want the house to be without a woman in it again. When they do leave the weaver tells them they must bring him fire carried in paper and wind carried in paper. Later they meet a magical man who is able to show them how both things are to be done and they return home to their husbands.

The story is really good and the illustrations are beautiful.

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The Wizard of Oz

1971, Classics Illustrated.

The inside front cover is a connect-the-dots puzzle.

After Dorothy lands in Oz the Munchkins meet her, but there's nothing said about the house falling on the wicked witch. Also, when they get to see the wizard, there's no attempt on his part to hide behind anything or fool them with any kind of pyrotechnics or anything.

In this version of the story Dorothy is wearing silver shoes (which is correct) rather than the red shoes of the movie version.

The artwork is good for a children's comic.

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