The Wizard of Oz is one of the books on my Classics Club reading list, and let me tell you - if you've never read it, you're in for a surprise. It's a lot different than the movie, and that's okay! After all, what book isn't than its movie counterpart?!
The book does have the flying monkeys, the tin wood man, the lion, the scarecrow, Glinda, the wicked witch, and the Winkies (munchkins in the movie.) The lion, as expectedmm has no courage. The scarecrow is not a very smart scarecrow. And, as you can imagine, the tin woodman rusts easily.
When Dorothy arrives in Oz, she is understandably scared and confused. Luckily, she has Toto with her.
Things that are different: The shoes in the book are silver, not red. Also, the flying monkeys have to do three things for whomever currently controls the golden cap. When Dorothy gets the cap, she asks the monkeys to bring her and her friends to the Emerald City.
There are many other differences throughout the book, but I'll leave them for you as a surprise. This book is absolutely magical, and I can understand why it has been read over and over by people for years. I love the characters, the development of the plot, the cuteness. Everything in this book is fantastic. If you've never read the book, however, I would caution that some things in the book might not be appropriate for kids under 10.
Overall, though, this is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone. A+ all the way!