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The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz #7)

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The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum, is a children's novel, the seventh set in the Land of Oz. Characters include the Woozy, Ojo "the Unlucky," Unc Nunkie, Dr. Pipt, Scraps (the patchwork girl), and others. The book was first published on July 1, 1913. In 1914, Baum adapted the book to film through his "Oz Film Manufacturing Company." In the previous Oz book, The Eme...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published May 22nd 2010 by Indoeuropeanpublishing.com (first published 1913)
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Jason Koivu
The Patchwork Girl of Oz is not about the Patchwork Girl of Oz, but rather is the story of a little munchkin boy and his motley assortment of followers journeying across the land of Oz in search of items that will create a magic capable of saving the boy's beloved uncle.

However, one of those motley followers is the Patchwork Girl and she absolutely steals the show! Her goofy optimism is infectious. Perhaps some might find her to be a Jenna Elfman-sized annoyance, but for my part I thoroughly en...more
Susan
Let me tell you, dear readers...not all Oz books are created equal. I am deep into my mission to read all of the the Oz books (at least, all the volumes credited to Mr. Baum himself) and if anyone should try to follow suit, he or she had better do as the great Bette Davis once suggested and buckle their seat belts, 'cause guess what? It's going to be a bumpy read.

In the Patchwork Girl of Oz the miraculous Powder of Life makes another appearance as a character called the Crooked Magician (nearly...more
Myles
After Ozma of Oz L. Frank Baum decided to telegraph it in. Big time. The books became a parade of nonsensical events with little of any importance happening to the characters other than walking through curious places, with no sense of wonder or danger, and when a real threat or problem emerges, such as in The Emerald City of Oz, book 6 and the first one since Ozma to show a bit of life it gets solved lickity-split with boring magic.

You read that correctly. Baum makes magic boring.

Still, I push...more
Eric
Apr 27, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Recommended to Eric by: self
It was apparent in the previous Oz book of the series that Baum had gotten to a place where he no longer wanted to tell stories about the land of Oz, so he tried to end the series, but he kept getting letters requesting further stories. The result of these numerous requests is that two years after "The Emerald City of Oz" Baum created this new book. This book feels far superior to the previous work only because it appears Baum has gotten to a peaceful place with telling these fantastical stories...more
Ottery StCatchpole
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Ryan
Making Oz invisible did nothing for the stories leaking out. Apparently Ozma didn't have any more control over the media than other rulers. But I liked this one. There is a plot besides Dorothy getting lost and wandering around until she manages to get to Oz, plus some new characters of reasonable weirdness.

Ojo is a young Munchkin lad, raised in isolation by a very taciturn uncle (Unc Nunkie - I wouldn't talk much either). The leave their isolated forest - food isn't plentiful and there is no on...more
Anna
I very much enjoyed this Oz book. At first, I was not fond of the Patchwork Girl, but once her personality bloomed, I grew to love her.

This time, Baum starts his readers with a new incredible adventure without the same monotonous motive. Baum also brought back many old characters (to my happiness, more of Jack Pumpkinhead!). There was also an incredible amount of humor and puns, a lot of it poking fun at real life, I'm sure.

I loved the Phonograph, just like the Musicker from "The Road to Oz" and...more
Kara
This is the second book involving Baum's Oz book series that I've read so far, so needless to say, I am reading the books out of order. Not that that matters overmuch, since the plots of each of the books tie up nicely at the end of each and aren't mentioned in the next. If anything needs to be known, it is quickly summarized and then they move on. I wish more authors would do this - it would save me a lot of headaches.

As for the characters, I liked Ojo from the start, even though he sorely nee...more
Ben
This was the fifth of L. Frank Baum's fourteen Oz books that I have read with my son. We have not read all of the books in chronological order, though I don't think it makes much difference; though I may be wrong about this and it may account for some inconsistencies that we have noticed in the works. We were both surprised on this reading by the many contradictions and inconsistencies in Baum's writing. The last Oz book we read was Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, the fourth work in the Oz series....more
Gloriavirtutisumbra
This is my second time through reading this one, its got a different feel than most of the other Oz books, most likely due to the main characters being brand new ones, and the old favorites like Dorothy and the Shaggy Man only coming in half way through the book. I always feel bad for the living phonograph, he seemed to only get abuse. Perhaps that's it, in this book it shows that not everything is nice in Oz. The wilderness has bad as well as good parts, there are hungry giants, and squabbling...more
Cherese Vines
Aug 19, 2012 Cherese Vines rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale lands, and of course The Wizard of Oz book
I listened to The Patchwork Girl of Oz as an audio book. The story was very creative with many odd and unique characters. Although named for the patchwork girl, it is really about a munchkin boy who must go on a quest to find items for a magic potion to restore his uncle who was accidentally turned to marble. The Patchwork Girl goes along to help since she inadvertantly caused the uncle's accident. She is funny and says the weirdest things. It was enjoyable yet it had a very "pat" ending. The mu...more
Julia Brumfield
This book definitely answered a big question for me that was missing in the "Emerald City" when Uncle Henry and Aunt Em were brought to Oz. Yes I have to say I was a Eureka fan while I was worried about the little kitten having been abandoned and forsaken with the rest of the farm but amazingly she returns in this book although not without some serious changes to her make-up (her first appearance she is white, annoying and not rather fondly looked upon while in this book she is mentioned as bei...more
Steven Walle
I always enjoy L. Frank Baum's writings. An other delightful romp through the wonderful land of Oz with the Patchwork Girl, the Shaggy man, the glass cat, and a friendly Munchkin. They take us through lots of adventures on there way to find ingredients for a charm to bring the crooked man's and Unkle Unky back to life. Enjoy!
Maria Lucia
I would never claim Mr. Baum could write beautifully, but this I would claim. He created a never-to-be-forgotten world of strange allure that I would go to in an instant. And I think there's something deeper in these tales. Something spiritual.
Victoria (SevenLeagueBooks)
This, to me, was the least enjoyable Oz book so far. I did like the characters; Ojo was a bore at times, but the Patchwork Girl was a lot of fun, and the glass cat was quite neat. The beginning of the story was promising: Ojo was forced to go on a quest to restore his Uncle (Unc Nunkie), but he was rather sidetracked by the already existing characters of Oz. Not that I didn't appreciate the return of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman et. al., but once he met them, Ojo lost whatever charact...more
rastronomicals
An improvement over Emerald City, certainly. Starts really strongly, but the ending seemed rushed. Scraps is certainly one of Baum's best characters, and reading this as an adult, it's interesting to see that Baum wasn't being sly at all about how the Scarecrow really liked the Patchwork Girl, you know, in a boy/girl kind of way :-)

The more I proceed through this project of re-reading the Oz books as a 50-year old, the more I believe that the contrivances of the Magic Picture and the Magic Belt...more
Roselyn - bookmarkedpages
The Oz books never cease to amaze me. Baum is constantly introducing new characters and each is as original as the next. I wish I knew how he did it, for original characters are hard to come by. While not the strongest of the Oz books, The Patchwork Girl of Oz is exciting and humorous all the same.

Once again the theme of intelligence is revisited once again. Is knowledge the same as intelligence? Is a simple explanation or a convoluted one the sign of intelligence? None of these questions are e...more
Shoshana
Feb 16, 2012 Shoshana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for the best books in the series
This is actually a 4.5. I would have maybe given it a five except for I was so mad that once again Glinda came in and fixed everything. Glinda often comes in and fixes everything at the end of these books, rendering the entire previous quest moot and tying everything off with a wave of her hand. I mean, come on. Why don't they just ask her BEFORE they go on giant quests? Oh, because then there wouldn't be a book. But so then why can't Baum let them figure out how to get out of their problems on...more
Emily
The Patchwork Girl is one of my favorite Oz characters. She's absolutely delightful! I loved her whimsical little rhymes and her unquestioning loyalty to Ojo as well as the budding romance between her and the Scarecrow.

While I've dinged other Oz books for being "travelogues" without any driving plot, the urgency behind Ojo's journey feels real. He desperately wants to save Unc Nunkie, his only relative and, until his travels, his only friend as well. (Curious, though, how he lives with his uncle...more
Danns
Another great Oz book and this time with a whole new cast of characters to get acquainted with. Ojo the unlucky, a Munchkin on a quest to save his uncle from a tragic curse is in the company of Scraps the Patchwork Girl, a wonderful counterpart to the Scarecrow. They are joined by the glass cat, who temperment is a haughty as the color of her brains, another creation of the Crooked Magician whose magic is the direct cause of Ojo's Uncle's perdicament.

The quest this time is to find the ingredien...more
Michelle
The Patchwork Girl of Oz is another book in the series with a focus outside of Dorothy Gale. Unc Nunkie is accidentally transformed into solid marble, his nephew Ojo the Unlucky has to go on a quest to find the ingredients necessary to change him back. Ojo is accompanied by Miss Scraps Patches (or Patchwork, depending on what page you're on, her loosely defined name is characteristic of her loosey-goosey attitude). The titular character has recently been brought to life with the "Powder of Life"...more
Николай
Yet another successful one with a fun bunch of interesting new characters that fit perfectly with the Oz world.

What bothered me though was the character of Ozma. She has been turning more and more into a fascist dictator for the past several books and in this one she reaches new heights. Not only has she made the use of magic illegal in an essentially magical country, except for controlled usage by lackeys of her own regime, but in this book she is actually pictured taking violent action agains...more
Allison
This is my favorite Oz book so far! I just finished reading it to Elijah, and I can't believe I have never read it before. The Patchwork Girl is wonderful---funny, spunky, sassy, and not afraid to speak her mind and love herself. Of course, the others keep telling her she is crazy, which is how self-confident women are often viewed! I love her---she is now my favorite Oz character! The main hero in this book is a young boy named Ojo, who must journey to find a list of ingredients to make a magic...more
Shari
This simple adventure of a band of new friends becomes an exploration of ethical conundrums, in which the resolution is not a deus-ex-machina, but an essential lesson in the weakness of isolation and the problem solving value of community in the face of deeply sophisticated and emotional situations. The ethical dilemma is one of human suffering, and what constraints we would break for someone we love.

The dire situation is a child’s only caretaker and family member turned to stone – in this case...more
Eleanor Toland
The seventh book in the Oz series diverts from the regular cast to tell the story of the Munchkin Ojo the Unlucky and his friend Scraps, a girl made of a patchwork quilt with string for hair and buttons for eyes and brought to life by magic. Scraps looks so utterly horrifying she makes the Other Mother from Coraline look as threatening as a Telly Tubby by comparison, but apart from that is a very nice person and becomes a love interest for the Scarecrow.

Ojo and Scraps travel through Oz, looking...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...more
Meg McGregor
This is one of my favorite Oz stories. I just reread it for maybe the seventh or eighth time.

This story centers around Ojo rescuing his uncle after the elderly man has been turned to marble.

It is well written with several stories interwoven and introduces the Patchwork Girl who is one of Oz's craziest and most memorable characters.

I really wish that Dame Margolette had left Scrap's face one color instead of patchwork. She is a little creepy looking with all those colors on her face.
George
Started reading a second time, this time to Mike, on 9/24/2012. Finished on 10/26/2012. Again, Mike enjoyed this. Faced with a choice of starting the next Oz book tomorrow or starting a different book, he immediately chose the next Oz book and said he wanted us to read them all. I guess Alice in Wonderland will have to wait =)
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I think I liked this one least of all the Oz books. The new characters weren't the most likeable, the story wasn't especially clever, and there was a huge inconsistency w...more
Mike
A good little tale with some more characters. We have now added a few new characters to Oz: Ojo the Unlucky, the Crooked Magician, the Patchwork Girl, the Glass Cat, and the Woozy.

The Shaggy Man was new to me, although he has been in a previous story. I read this out-of-order, when I needed an audio book to "read" while finishing some chores (spring cleaning in the fall...)

I have two small objections to this recording, however -- the Lazy Quadling was played as a surfer, with constant interjecti...more
Mario
Baum continues with the momentum he built in the Emerald City of Oz writing possibly the best book in the series thus far, which is unfortunately marred by the (view spoiler) ending. Still, very few of the endings of these books have been decent, so it's getting hard to keep deducting points rather than simply ignoring it.

I don't have much to say about the book beyond that, it was fairly typical Oz even though it is much improved, but, seriously, what did Baum hav...more
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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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