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The Road to Oz (Oz #5)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  6,486 ratings  ·  245 reviews
Join Dorothy and Toto on another thrilling adventure and meet a host of new friends, including the Shaggy Man, little Button-Bright, and the Rainbow's beautiful daughter, Polychrome. A delight for children of all ages, this handsome reproduction of the original 1909 edition features 126 illustrations by John R. Neill.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Dover Publications (first published 1909)
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Emily
While not as dark as the last book, The Road to Oz has many similarities to Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. Again, our little heroine unintentionally sets off on a journey during which she meets a host of new characters, experiences a few easily-overcome challenges, and ends up in Oz. This time, though, there wasn't really any conflict and only one encounter with a malicious opponent on their travels. The Shaggy Man was actually a bit creepy at the beginning (my kids have been taught to run and fi ...more
Amy
This, is, quite frankly, the worst of all the Oz books I've read. I got the feeling that, by the end, Baum was bored with writing it and just stopped trying.

It starts rather disturbingly in that Dorothy walks away from her farm alone with a stranger called The Shaggy Man who says that he's lost and needs directions. Since Dorothy has no sense at all of stranger danger, she goes off with this man who swears that he has a "love magnet" that attracts everyone to him. Eventually, he leads Dorothy i
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Eric
Apr 16, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
As I continue to read these books as an adult I am shocked by what Baum has gotten away with as an author. Some of the spark that I had for this series as a child is quickly leaving as I realize some of the mechanics that he uses as an author that I simply am not fond of or even okay with. He often calls people or things stupid in his books. He belittles frequently and he continues to do that in this book. He also doesn't seem to be that respectful for the most part to his actual fans. It become ...more
Jenna
I've been reading my way through the Oz books lately in order to fill in some gaps of children's literature I'd missed as a kid. I wasn't too happy with the previous story because it felt like Baum didn't really feel any of it and just wrote Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz because he was pressured by a publisher as well as ravenous fans who wrote him imploring for more Oz. I found myself more than a little peeved that he allowed children to dictate what he put in his book. Sure, he pleased his fans ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally. This review covers all 14 of the Baum Oz books, which is why it's found on all 14 book pages here.)

I think it's fairly safe by now to assume that nearly everyone in Western society is familiar with The Wizard of Oz, most of us because of the classic 1939 movie adaptation; and many realize as well tha
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Robyn
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Finally, I've read this one. The library didn't have this volume when I was a kid so I always wondered what happened in book 5. Again, there is not quite so much about Oz as it is about getting to Oz - in this case, for Ozma's birthday party. Dorothy and Toto go for a stroll and wind up with the lovable Shaggy Man and an adorable doofus named Button Bright. And that's really all the book is - a nice little afternoon stroll, very low on the adventure.

They encounter some interesting folk along the
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Jessica
This book starts out giving you the creeps in the first chapter. Dorothy is confronted with a scruffy looking stranger that also happens to be an older male. He asks her for directions, kidnaps her dog and convinces her to show him the correct path rather than just telling him the directions. Dorothy follows the stranger and later on he tells her about his “love magnet” that causes everyone he meets to fall in love with him. By the second chapter they come upon a small boy dressed in…..a sailor ...more
Therese
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Did you know there was a road to Oz? Dorothy and Toto didn't either until she and The Shaggy Man stumbled across it (many roads) and on their way to fairyland. As always Dorothy, she makes friends and brings along Button Bright and Polychrome, the rainbow's daughter who are both lost although Button Bright doesn't know that because he doesn't know anything.

I never knew these books existed, but I'm having fun reading them. I liked that the author put another adult into this book as well as an
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Drew
This one starts out a little creepy: Dorothy, back in Kansas, meets a shady character called "The Shaggy Man," who asks her to show him the way to Butterfield. Way too many tragic stories start like that, eh? Worse, he claims to have a "love magnet" in his pocket that will instantly cause anyone he meets to love him.

But no, it's all innocent, okay? Even though modern readers are going to be totally creeped out by this.

The Shaggy Man doesn't even get a name. Everyone just calls him "Shaggy Man" f
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FittenTrim
I read and loved all the Baum OZ books as a child, yet they all disappeared over the constant moving which my family did throughout my adolescence. But when my Mom's business flooded, Mom mailed my personal items which survived the flood out to LA. Somehow, this book survived. I decided to read it again to see if, like Dorothy, I could go home again. Would a book that I loved as a child still hold up?

The answer is yes and no. On the positive side, I was reminded of Baum's skill for creating witt
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Marie
Aug 17, 2012 Marie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children's, Classics, Morals, Ethics, Fables, Wizard of Oz, Wondefrul Wizard of Oz, Fantasy fans
Recommended to Marie by: Robert Allen
What a cute adventure! I really liked the premise of Dorothy once again following a road to a destination that would help her get home: the Emerald City. It had a similar "yellow brick road" feel of the first book, but luckily the plot was different enough that you didn't get bored with the similarity of the books. I find that that's the only way I'm interested in any of these books at all. I mean, in all of them besides the second, Dorothy is bizarrely transported to a fairy land, and she must ...more
Susan
I'm reading all of the Oz books (credited to Baum, at least), and I'm only, what? Maybe five books in now--I've read past this one, of course--but though I have work ahead of me yet, I feel pretty safe to say that Button Bright is the worst character in the entire series. Maybe the world. He's just the worst (apologies to the late Mr. Baum).

It's pretty undeniable Baum has a reputation for being something of a magician for spinning fantasies and being revered storyteller, and I don't want to dism
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Runa
This is my second favorite of the Oz series, right after Ozma of Oz. I love the new characters, the Shaggy Man and Polly especially. I really like that, while there are some challenges in the book, the main goal is a happy one. They're not on the run from anyone, they're all on their way to Ozma's birthday party, where they meet the greatest assortment of colorful individuals. Unlike some of the other books in the series, this one really stays true to the spirit of Oz, with unique but awesome ch ...more
Shaun
This book wasn't as good as the previous books in the series. It seemed to exist purely to show off a vast array of characters, but the majority of the characters I enjoyed were ones already established in the series.

Button Bright annoyed the crap out of me. Polychrome did almost nothing. I did enjoy the shaggy man a bit but his introduction was astoundingly creepy. A dirty hobo looking man meets Dorothy at her house, steals her dog while she isn't looking, and convinces her to take him a long d
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Christine Blachford
I think this is the first of the Oz stories that I haven't read before and as such it was quite a fun journey to take along with Dorothy. It was a relief that she wasn't involved in a weather-related incident to start with, and instead simply got lost.

I marvel at the different scenarios are put in front of the travellers - bubbles for travelling, a land of foxes, those who would want to put them in soup. Even small things like the Love Magnet, and the array of rulers from around Oz - such imagin
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Christina
I think I'll take a break from these for a while. This one didn't have much of a plot - we simply join Dorothy and some new (and not very interesting) friends on their trip to Oz. I can see how children would really enjoy this as it includes a lot of interesting, imaginative situations. However I'm getting annoyed by the lack of conflict and Dorothy's inconsiderate attitude (she's downright rude to the music guy). Also, there are a few unanswered questions. Who is Button-Bright? It seems like th ...more
Elderberrywine
Full marks for some delightful new characters - the Shaggy Man, Button Bright (who isn't), and Polychrome the Rainbow's daughter. Basically, this is a Road plot, the type of plot Baum does the best, IMHO. And very cleverly done, with the color of the page papers changing, depending on what part of Oz they are currently in.

And as Dorothy sagely notes, in response to a comment that she has some queer friends, "The queerness doesn't matter, so long as they are friends." Very well put, my dear. *hig
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Kathryn
I wonder why two of my favorite books in the series were centered around Ozma's birthday parties. This one seemed a little more, hm, childlike? There was more of a pattern here, where every character's introduction played along the lines of, "Who are you?" "I'm the [insert character's name:], where are you going?" "We're going to Ozma's birthday party!" And so on and so on. Still, the story is charming, and a lot of fun. And so very very strange, but that's par for the course with any of L. Fran ...more
Carly Krewitsky
This book is all about the celebration of Princess Ozma's birthday. Ozma makes multiple roads for Dorothy so that Dorothy gets lost. These roads lead to the land of Oz. Dorothy is with the Shaggy Man. The Shaggy Man does not want to go to Butterfield because a man who lives there owes him 10 cents. Dorothy, Toto, and The Shaggy Man meet up with Button-Bright, a young boy whose name is ironic because he doesn't know much of anything. Later, Dorothy and company meet up with the Rainbow's Daughter ...more
Jaiwantika Dutta
This is a book that starts out so dismally that one is forced to wonder if one ought to continue reading the rest. However, Frank Baum does take charge and regain his flourish, and the reader is soon ensconced in a happy world of fantasy. One of several sequels to " The Wizard Of Oz", The Road to Oz finds Dorothy and Toto losing their way while trying to help out The Shaggy Man, who has lost his way. Soon they meet remarkable people like Button- Bright and Polychrome, as they travel to interesti ...more
CJ
I only finished this because I decided to read all of Frank Baum's OZ books, and I wanted to at least make it to #6, which I've heard is the best of the sequels. When I embarked upon this project, I remembered that I had made it to somewhere in this book back when I was twelve, but for some reason had stopped. Now, I'm pretty sure I know that reason.

In Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, there is a fake dustjacket that the reader can use to camouflage the fact that he or she is read
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Joni
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Tori
Well, this was not my favorite Oz book - it felt like it existed more to introduce a lot of new characters, some of whom will have their own books a little while later. whereas some of the other books had more of a plot, this one didn't really.....it was just a trip to Oz for Princess Ozma's birthday. Maybe I enjoyed it as a child, but now I'm thinking that some action is missing! I did enjoy some of the new characters, especially the Shaggy Man. And the Musicker was interesting. Baum was clever ...more
Christian
The Road to Oz is great! Just like the rest of the series. Dorothy Gale is back, and she's not alone, she meets the Shaggy Man at Kansas, and then later little Button Bright, and last but not least, the Rainbow's daughter, Polychrome. As usual, Dorothy and her friends go on an adventure, but this adventure is on an unusual land, land that doesn't even have a name! Read the book to find out what happened.

The Road to Oz is a third-person book with the main characters Dorothy Gale, the Shaggy Man,
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Marc Hobbs
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Zachary
Like Ozma of Oz and Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, this book begins with a journey through other fantasy lands on the way to Oz. But, unlike the aforementioned books, this time the journey is much shorter and the characters and lands are much more enjoyable. This volume introduces some top notch characters, the Shaggy Man (who is now one of my favorite Oz characters, along with Jack Pumpkinhead), Button-Bright, and Polychrome, the Rainbow's daughter. Dorothy is back this time, and so is Toto. Thi ...more
Brooke
I remember reading that Baum, as he also states in his introductions, didn't want the OZ series to carry on for a long time - that he had other projects in mind. You can feel,his reluctance in The Road to Oz. It just doesn't shine like the first three OZ books did, and it is even worse than Dorothy and the Wizard - luckily, I know that the series picks up again from here. This walking around, trying to get to OZ and meeting strange creatures and countries along the way just isn't that engaging. ...more
Julia Brumfield
The more I read the Oz series the more I actually find the actual truth to enjoying these books for this is one series that is so much better as an individual read than a true series. Baum has been noted by several people is definitely one author who cannot keep his details straight and it doesn't seem to be just with this series for within this book he used some characters from "The Life & Times of Santa Claus" but he seriously messed up on the job description.

The only thing that Baum pro
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Neto Fernandes
The absolutely worst Oz book in the series (so far). It did not pleased me to read a single page of it. Santa Claus? Rainbow's Daughter? Frank L. Baum was clearly lacking inspiration when he wrote this entry. And it's getting harder and harder to look away from the inconsistencies of the storytelling as well with his descriptions of characters already known.

This book seemed to have absolutely no purpose and did not gave an answer to the question as to why Dorothy went to Oz again, since Ozma's
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Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children's literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works (55 novels in total, 82 short stor ...more
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