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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
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Jan 12, 2016 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
People familiar with the first six books of the series might think it is all fun, rainbows, and unicorns in the Land of Oz. There are some not-quite-nice places, but they are isolated and their inhabitants never go outside of their designated area. The local population lives in what seems to be Communist Utopia. Well, guess again: the book starts with a young Manchkin boy Ojo who is about to starve as his only food was the last load of bread. Bummer, and I had such high hoped that the Communist ...more
Jason Koivu
Dec 16, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jun 15, 2016 Tabby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
This was my favorite Oz book so far! Review to come (maybe)
Apr 04, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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
Kelsey Marie
I really liked this story of Oz. Like many people in Oz, I found the Patchwork Girl charming, Ojo's story broke my heart every time it was told, and I was happy with how it was resolved. However, I feel like the more I read into the series, the less I like Ozma, I just can't put my finger on why yet.
Oct 20, 2015 Pink rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Things have got very repetitive with this series. Baum had a formula that worked and everyone wanted more, so he gave it to them. These are perfectly enjoyable children's stories, but as an adult they're not my preferred reading experience. Here's looking forward with hope to the next seven...
Nov 07, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2013 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 12, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories of Oz continue even after Oz was hidden from the world. The Patchwork Girl of Oz introduces our main protagonist a munchkin boy, Ojo the Unlucky and his Unc Nunkie who are poor and stumble upon the crooked Magician, the very one that provided Mombi the witch the Powder of Life. The Magician's wife Margolotte sewed a girl made of a patchwork quilt, intending to bring it to life to become her servant girl. However a terrible accident occurs when the Liquid of Petrifaction is knocked ov ...more
I actually really liked this book, and wanted to give it at least 4 stars, but several elements made me feel that a 3 star rating was more accurate.

First off, I really enjoyed the tale as a whole. It was still a "wandering around Oz encountering oddities" story, as most of the Oz books have been, but this time the characters were on a quest to gather objects for a spell to save Ojo's uncle (instead of the wandering being mere happenstance or because they were lost). There was a good deal more ch
Christine Blachford
It's always fun to see an author resurrect a series that they had previously finished off so neatly. After tying up all the loose ends in the last book, Baum has to concede the children love Oz too much not to hear from there again, and hey presto, another story.

I thought this one got off to a bit of a slow start, with monosyballic Unc and a mediocre journey to the wizard. However, when things go wrong and the Patchwork Girl is created, the traditional adventures start to begin - many strange ch
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
Apr 27, 2012 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Recommended to Cassie 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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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
Dec 16, 2013 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
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
Cherese A. Vines
Aug 19, 2012 Cherese A. Vines rated it really liked it  ·  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
Rachael Quinn
Something weird happened in the middle of reading this Oz book... Oz became a creepy place to me. No, really! I can imagine people being surprised. Fairy countries, after all, are a little creepy. (Right, the guys with the wheels for hands and feet? Creepy.) What creeped me out was how Big Brother Oz is. When Ojo, one of our main characters in this book, picks a clover outside of the Emerald city even though it is against the rules, we find out that Ozma sees all and knows all. When Ojo is punis ...more
Nov 20, 2015 A B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ah, to read a brand new (to me) Oz book. This was one of the series that the library in my hometown never had.

I was thinking about what I would write in my review and then read the afterword in my copy of this book. Sure enough, my thoughts mirrored those of the afterword's author. This volume is unique in the Oz series (at this point) because aside from Wizard of Oz, it's the only one with a genuine quest. Books 2 through 6 are primarily travel dialogues. A lonely Munchkin lad, Ojo, goes on a q
May 26, 2016 Atharva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Oz!!!! This is the paramount example of Classical Fairy tale for kids. Yeah, just for kids. The collection receives an average four stars. Well, the story revolves around Dorothy Gale a young girl from Kansas who has been swept away to the magical land of Oz and she has some wonderful adventures exploring the East, West, North, South of Oz and meeting the Munchkins and the other regional people of Oz. There are about a hundred characters in Oz. Main about 20. The oz is a great land and dif ...more
Lee Födi
Sep 21, 2014 Lee Födi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book marks Baum's return to the world of Oz after trying to quit his fabled story land in an attempt to muse upon new subjects—thankfully, it was an unsuccessful attempt, and he came back with delightful vengeance in this remarkable story.

"The Patchwork Girl of Oz" is one of Baum's longer Oz books, and it is also very plot-driven, somewhat of an exception for him. Luckily, this plot—the quest of the Munchkin boy Ojo to save his Uncle from a magic spell—does not come at the expense of Baum'
Erica Tuggle
I'm working my way through the Oz series (in order too), and it's a harder task than I imagined it being. Books 1-5 were easy finds (all in a single volume), but as I try to find the second half of the series (books 6-14) the used bookstores are proving less helpful. On this same note, books 1-5 of Oz were great; image laden, colorful, and cheerful.

In book six, you get the feeling that Baum is getting burnt out on Oz. He can't get away from it and write something "adult," because the letters he
This book seemed more of one just written because it took place in Oz. Kind of ho-hum with Dorothy and the crew thrown in to tie it all together. I kept wanting to smash the glass cat for being annoying and mean. Exactly why did Mr. Baum have to include someone rude or otherwise mean in all his Oz books? I am curious though, the character of Billina who is mentioned in this one can speak and came from Kansas. Toto came from Kansas as well, yet he can't. This seems wrong. Another thing about Bill ...more
Maria Lucia
Apr 22, 2009 Maria Lucia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Brandon Gray
Jun 25, 2016 Brandon Gray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The storytelling might be a little too straightforward and simple for some adults (they need to acquire this ingredient for the magic potion; then this ingredient; then this ingredient), but if you can embrace that simplicity, then there is plenty of genuine heart, wisdom, and imagination to feed the soul/ work magic. The chapter "Ozma's Prisoner" which describes what rehabilitation in prison is like in Oz (spoiler: it's lovely) is a special chapter. Sometimes Oz is a gentle rejection of the rea ...more
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
Dec 19, 2015 Tori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely one of the better Oz books of the series so far. Instead of the same characters getting lost again, or wondering around Oz with no real purpose, This time a new character, Ojo, goes on a quest for the ingredients that can save his Uncle who was accidently turned to marble. I really liked the new characters that were introduced (except the glass cat who is meant to be dislikeable). I loved the patchwork girl and how she would randomly break into rhymes. I also enjoyed that the ...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 pleth
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