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The Woggle-Bug Book

2.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  329 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
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Kindle Edition, 28 pages
Published March 30th 2011 (first published 1905)
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mark monday
was Baum senile when he wrote this one? this is the worst Baum that i've ever read, the absolute worst. thank our merciful Lord On High that this is as short as it is uninteresting. if you want to read some obscure Baum, try the surprisingly acidic morality tale Policeman Bluejay. now that is a real bit of buried treasure there. on the other hand, Woggle-Bug Book just needs to be buried, period.
Derek Oberg
I'm glad this one was just a short story. The Woggle Bug showed up in OZ book #2, and I found him quite amusing. I love that is full name is HM Woggle-Bug, TE (Highly Magnified and Thoroughly Educated). And I thought that the other characters in that book treated him horribly.

But as for him holding his own book... Not so much. It's a good reminder of the fact that most "timeless" works are set outside of our reality. Case in point, take an Oz character in a book written in 1904 and stick him in
Andrew Leon
Oct 04, 2014 Andrew Leon rated it it was ok
The Woggle-Bug Book is not precisely part of the Oz books as it doesn't take place in Oz or really have anything to do with Oz other than the Woggle Bug. Actually, the book is adapted from the musical adaptation of the second Oz book, The Marvelous Land of Oz. Well, loosely adapted. The Woggle Bug is a supporting character in Marvelous Land, but it sounds like much of the plot of the musical is related specifically to the Woggle Bug and his love for a dress, which is what the book is about excep ...more
N ~ it was ok. But, not much to go with the story. It is as the title says...just about the Woggle-Bug. It's not really needed before moving onto Ozma.

Bug wants dress. Works to get money. Back to store to purchase dress. Uhoh, lady gets dress first. Is she the wax lady? Can the bug buy her? Hmmm...
Much like the first couple Adventures of Tintin books, The Woggle-Bug Book is really for (mature) completionists only. While there is some genuinely clever wordplay and the illustrations are great, there is a lot of wince-worthy racial and national stereotype-based humor. Still, I'm glad I read it -- not because of my completionist tendencies, but because of fabric described as having "a check so loud the Fashion Designers called it 'Wagnerian Plaid'." As a huge Wagner fan as well (I know, I rea ...more
Brent Ward
Read it because it is next in the Audible set I got. Not my favorite story so far. Daughter thought it was funny in places, but I'm glad it was a short story, only about 50 pages or so. The Woggle-Bug is arrogantly stupid, but does not know he is. I almost felt like it was just a marketing attempt by Baum as his popularity had increased from the first 2 books. Skimmed through it quickly. Certainly a lot of ethnic figurative speech from the turn of the 20th century, but it is what it is, it did n ...more
Sooooo, the first two Oz books I read were whimsical fairy tales. I enjoyed them, however this book is just silly. I gave it two stars because I like the Woggle-Bug, but that is pretty much the only reason for the two stars.
I realize the book had been written in the early 1900's, but I still found it disturbing that there were racial slurs in a children's book.
This will not keep me from reading the Oz books. In the first two there were no slurs, so I am thinking as long as the story is in Oz a
Mar 08, 2016 Paul rated it it was ok
There’s not much to really say about this book, which makes sense because there’s not actually a whole lot to this book. It is a tiny bit odd at the start when the Woggle-Bug is inexplicably in America now, though apparently when I looked into it more this all made sense at the time as this is technically a spinoff to a bunch of comic strips that I never read and never thought to find, wherein a bunch of Oz characters go to America for a bit. The upshot of this is that this book can be safely sk ...more
Mar 07, 2012 Prashant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A couple of days back I read 'The wonderful Wizard of Oz' and was pretty intrigued after reading the introduction to the book. The book is good, no doubt about that and I gave the deserved 4 stars to it but even after completing the book the facts pertaining to Baum kept on haunting me. Here was an author who gave the world one of the most talked about book and characters and he is claimed to be writing just for the profits. That's what is cited the reason that he wrote about 12 sequels to the f ...more
Katie Lambrix

Summary Blurb(s):
The Woggle-Bug has a series of misadventures trying to possess a dress made from cloth of the bright colors he so dearly loves.

The Woggle-Bug Book features the broad ethnic humor that was accepted and popular in its era, and which Baum employed in various works.[6] The Woggle-Bug, who favors flashy clothes with bright colors (he dresses in "gorgeous reds and yellows and blues and greens" and carries a pink handkerchief), falls in love with a gau
Oct 12, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This very short incidental fragment of the Oziverse is a work I would doubtless never have encountered without the wonders of e-book technology, yay technology. The humour relies largely on the funny behaviour of the various sorts of peculiar furriners one might find inhabited a seething American metropolis of the early years of last century; but the most peculiar furriner of all is of course H. M. Woggle-Bug, T. E., of whom too much is never enough. The Woggle-Bug is well known for his addictio ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Shahrun rated it it was ok
This was a very random story to start off with. But following and trying to make sense of what was written was not made easy by typing errors/spelling mistakes. And even more mysteriously, there are regular weird summary/spoiler paragraphs. I wondered throughout my reading if they were chapter titles? No, that made no sense. So I can only conclude that they are captions for pictures that were missing. Glad I didn't pay for this.
Elaine D
Apr 28, 2012 Elaine D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Oz lovers
The Woggle-Bug Book chronicles the adventures of The Woggle-Bug from a previous Oz book by L. Frank Baum. The first half of the book is spent by the Woggle-Bug chasing around the love of his life which happens to be a checkered dress he sees in a store window. (There can be some conclusions drawn from the story that contrast to "clothes don't make the man" but that's another story.)

I primarily didn't enjoy this book because I don't like the character of The Woggle-Bug. I find him shallow, annoyi
Nov 27, 2015 Andree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A short story tangentially related to the Oz books (in that it features one of the more irritating characters from the second book - the Woggle Bug), but not set in Oz. It's not a particularly good story to begin with, and the fairly constant casual racism throughout makes this one hard to like.
Apr 06, 2014 Lindsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book covered most of the non-PC stereotypes I can think of. If you are easily offended, don't read it.

That aside, this book was bizarre and full of strange puns. If it had gone on any longer, I suspect this would have become tedious but it was just short and bizarre enough to be enjoyable.
Dec 30, 2009 Tricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
This story is vaguely moralistic (the daemons of selfishness, envy, hatred, and malice - all their caves lead to the daemon of repentance, who lets you out into the fresh air and sunshine), and kind of odd. The daemons want to capture Santa Claus so they'll get lots of visitors - due to his lovely gifts, children are happy and generous, rather than selfish or envious or... you get the picture. First they try to tempt him into their caves, but Santa is too clever and virtuous for them. Finally, t ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
When it comes to the Oz series, this is a stone that may be best left unturned. As fond as I am of Mr. H. M. Woggle-Bug T. E. this was an odd tangent which does not really end up doing him (or Baum) any justice. The Woggle-bug's dandyism takes over all else here as he falls in love with a pattern (in the form of a ladies' suit) on a mannequin and hijinks ensue as he chases it all over the city. Unfortunately, to a contemporary reader, the pretty blatant stereotyping in the form of heavily carica ...more
John Gillespie
Jun 25, 2014 John Gillespie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
H.M. Wogglebug, T.E returns in this story and falls in love with a dress. I had to wince through some racist caricatures in a few spots, but The Wogglebug's romance, like everything about him, is delightfully absurd and entertaining.
Jun 09, 2014 Christy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother. This book is not only a seemingly pointless side story to the Oz series, having been written in 1905, it's full of ethnic stereotypes that may have been thought as humorous then but are considered racial slurs now.
Mark Wilkerson
Sep 03, 2012 Mark Wilkerson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I enjoy reading Baum's stories about Oz, this story does not take place in the Land of Oz, but rather in our world. The book had some promise as an Alice in Wonderland type story, but fell out of my grace with its flat characters and tiringly repetitive plot. Furthermore, the characters that the giant bug (the Woggle-Bug) meets are stereotypes of non-white people. He uses degrading language, and belittles other cultures. I know that some fans of this book may say that Baum was only a ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Since I am not a fan of the Woggle Bug, I didn't care for this book. His pompous manner and know-it-all attitude is merely irritating, and his weird obsession with a dress wasn't comical to me.
James Neve
awesome...but, yeah, racist by today's standards...and maybe by any standards... but I liked it....and I deplore racism.
Jan 18, 2016 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Racist. Having set the story in the "real" world instead of Oz, Baum manages to mock almost every race and immigrant group.
Andrew Brady
If you liked The Marvelous Land of Oz this book is for you. Not for me, luckily it was shorter.
Aug 24, 2013 Juliette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uhm, what?
We were really looking forward to reading this, but it wasn't really that entertaining. Just very odd, the Woggle-Bug just keeps chasing after a dress and terrifying the poor girls wearing it. There's also a couple of highly offensive racial slurs. I don't believe in editing books, but rather explain about the time period and how people thought, but this was a subject my husband and I had decided to table for a year or two when my husband wanted to read him Huck Finn and we decided to
Funny, different book.
Annie Bear
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May 27, 2012 George rated it it was ok
Definitely the least interesting of all the Oz stories. But it was super short. I didn't think it was quite as offensive as some people made it sound in their other reviews, although by today's standards it is definitely not politically correct. There were people of several different nationalities represented and the stuff they said was written in a way to try to show their accents. That said, the story itself just wasn't that interesting. I'd five it 2.5 stars if I could, but it's not quite a 3 ...more
9/20/15 2.5
Oct 17, 2014 itchy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soft
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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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