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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz #4)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  6,430 ratings  ·  325 reviews
When Dorothy recovered her senses they were still falling, but not so fast. The top of the buggy caught the air like a parachute or an umbrella filled with wind, and held them back so that they floated downward with a gentle motion that was not so very disagreeable to bear. The worst thing was their terror of reaching the bottom of this great crack in the earth, and the na ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published May 12th 2006 by IndyPublish.com (first published 1908)
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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryThe Wind in the Willows by Kenneth GrahameA Room with a View by E.M. ForsterDorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank BaumThe Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter
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4th out of 19 books — 25 voters
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Emily
Not my favorite Oz book. It just reads as a series of unrelated episodes as Dorothy and her companions stumble along under the earth trying to find their way to the surface again. There's the land of vegetable people and the land of creatures made out of wood and the land of invisible people, etc. None of the lands yielded any characters with real staying power.

And the inconsistencies make me wonder if Mr. Baum ever re-read his own books. In Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and Ozma arranged that Ozma would
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Emily
Yet another series that I read lots in my youth, and thus retain a fondness for, despite recognizing that Baum is only a middling writer, at best. His inventiveness, which is his greatest strength, often gets out of hand and doesn't lend itself to satisfying narratives with a beginning, middle, and end. And don't even get me started on the inconsistencies... But every now and then, he gets off a really good line:

"H.M.," said the Woggle-Bug, pompously, "means Highly Magnified; and T.E. means Thor
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Gabriel C.
Yikes. This series is not moving in a good direction. Rampant sexism, as Dorothy gets to mispronounce words and cry while her male counterpart gets to think creatively about how to solve problems, participate physically in the solutions, and basically interact meaningfully with his surroundings. Massive xenophobia, as the little group hates almost all the countries they pass through, leading to casual genocide, as they light the wooden people on fire. Good riddance. There's a bunch of weird cont ...more
Shoshana
Feb 08, 2012 Shoshana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: many
I really like this one. Baum is sometimes hit-or-miss with how interesting the different kinds of people his characters are constantly meeting are (good sentence, Sho), but he is pretty hit in Dorothy and the Wizard. The Mangaboos, the Valley of Vo, the dragonets, and the gargoyles are all neat, although I wish the dragon herself played a bigger role, and I wish we learned more about how the gargoyles came to be and why they fight and imprison all comers, and what they would have done with our f ...more
J.M. Hushour
#4 in the original Baum Oz continuum and you can tell by this point that he was getting a little winded. The whole work comes across as a pandering to his pesky fans who kept demanding new works (he published one a year, it seems like) and is pretty sloppy. Dorothy and some redneck kid fall through a crack in the earth during an earthquake in California and, after randomly finding the original Wizard of Oz in an underground city made of glass, they have a series of unconnected, sometimes unremar ...more
Kaion
Dorothy's traveling through San Francisco, when a earthquake occurs and she falls into the Earth. Once again, she's traveling through some dangerous magical lands, this time accompanied with her cat Eureka, her cousin Zeb, and his cab-horse Jim.

I couldn't help notice that this is the first book of the series where Baum doesn't proclaim it to be the last Oz book ever in the introduction. I guess by this point Baum was resigned to the selling power of Oz, and it sort of shows in how much of Doroth
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Keith
Ever day-dream about falling into a crack in the earth and finding strange communities of people living underground? Me neither! Nor did I ever imagine that I'd read about a kitty on trial for murder! This one is strictly for those who can approach it as a child . . .

Sorry. I confess right up front that I'm being completely uncritical here. If I were critical about the preposterous concepts, the lack of development of the new worlds visited, the flake-outs of the continuity of the series, or th
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Carrie
Not the The Wizard of Oz, but one of the sequels. Have you all ever read the Oz books? Because they are just plain odd. Baum was incredibly imaginative, and could dream up the most outlandish situations, for sure, but the books are a little bit crazy. Anyway, this one starts off in California, where earthquake causes Dorothy, her kitten, a boy named Zeb and a horse named Jim fall into the center of the earth. They land in a mysterious kingdom where they just happen to run into the Wizard (also t ...more
Elderberrywine
Sooooo - Dorothy, the Wizard, and friends fall into the center of the Earth during an earthquake (this was written two years after the Big One in San Fransisco BTW), where it is oddly not particularly hot, but full of lands populated with all sorts of Odd Beings. They manage, after two thirds of the book, to get within a stone wall of the Earth's surface, only to be trapped in a cave with no outlet.

But wait! Ozma and Dorothy had an agreement that Ozma would check Dorothy's whereabouts every afte
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Amy
Dorothy begins her adventures to strange lands, once again, as the result of a natural disaster. This time, the disaster is an earthquake. She and her companions (eventually including the Wizard of Oz) fall deep into the earth where they meet many strange people in the various countries there. Among the strange people groups they meet are people who grow on bushes and are vegetable rather than meat inside, people who become invisible because of a type of fruit they eat, and wooden gargoyles with ...more
Riana
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Lucy
Edit: I had originally given this book a 2.5, but I dropped it down to a 1.5. My overall enjoyment of the book is about 1.5, but I had given it one extra star solely for Dorothy being in the book (I really like Dorothy and so far I've enjoyed the books with her in them a lot more than the ones without). But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn't really like Dorothy in this book. She's just there for the sake of being there. She doesn't really do anything. Hopefully she goes ba ...more
Tatuu
Predictable but still a fun read.
Patrick Sprunger
Oct 14, 2013 Patrick Sprunger rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: completists only
Recommended to Patrick by: childhood
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2013
I've never considered Dorothy and The Wizard in Oz a particularly good installment in the Oz saga. As the author admits in his introduction, Dorothy and The Wizard was written as a concession to the numerous fan letters appealing to keep Dorothy and the Wizard bound together as a fixture in the ongoing stories of Oz. As only the fourth book - well before the full cast of characters and the complete dimensions of Oz itself were defined - Dorothy and The Wizard doesn't actually go anywhere. Appare ...more
Anna
Perhaps it is because Dorothy and the Wizard are not my favourite characters, but I found this volume lacking in comparison to its predecessors.

I realize much of the plot's makeup relied on suggestions from Baum's audience: children. But the stakes and the climax were very low and unimpressive. They were also jagged; the point of the story is difficult to point out, because the first half consists of getting back to the surface of the earth, and the last several chapters relate to joyous celebra
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Ben
While I think the best of Baum's Oz books was the first, his imagination continued to explore (with more success in some books than others) the undiscovered terrain of many strange fantasy lands and peoples. While the same could be said of many writers of fiction, Baum writes in this work like a trained anthropologist, addressing here an audience of children. It is only fitting that he oft referred to himself as the "Royal Historian of Oz."

This work begins with a great earthquake that sends Dor
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Virginia
This was quite flimsy compared to the previous three books, and especially as a follow-up to the excellent Ozma of Oz.

In a completely unconvincing bit of revisionist history, the Wizard is now shown to have had no part in Ozma's disappearance years ago, although in The Marvelous Land of Oz, it is blatantly pointed out that he conspired with Mombi to prevent Ozma ascending the throne. Since the Wizard is a somewhat love/hate, antihero type of character anyway, there's really no point to this cha
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Runa
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Christine Blachford
Poor Dorothy is so very unlucky when it comes to nature's big events - a tornado, a storm at sea and now an earthquake, all of which see her ultimately end up back in Oz. This time, she goes via some very odd lands, and meets plenty of new friends along the way.

I liked the book, but I don't think it's as strong as some of the others in the series so far. A particular highlight was when the two horses met and faced off, real horse versus saw horse. It was nice to have the wizard back again, consi
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WakenPayne
I have just finished the fourth book in my 1400 page Oz compilation and so far this is probably the weakest entry I have read in the series, at least in my opinion. When I read Oz I pictured a place where almost anything is possible and I hoped the series would get better after Ozma Of Oz, which is the best in the series but at this point it feels like Baum wanted to write about other fantasy countries while answering his fan mail at the same time, and this book screams that was what he was doin ...more
Katie
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Chagall
La piccola Dorothy e il suo cugino di secondo grado Zeb sono a bordo di un calesse, quando un terremoto apre un crepaccio e precipitano nel cuore della terra. Tra mondi incantati e l’incontro con vecchi e nuovi amici, proseguono le avventure della magica saga di Oz.

Nel commento a Ozma of Oz, il volume precedente della serie di Oz, mi chiedevo se Baum sarebbe riuscito a trovare nuove idee per i romanzi successivi. Beh, di personaggi e luoghi curiosi ce ne sono in abbondanza, quello che manca in q
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Suncerae
While visiting family in California, Dorothy, her new kitten Eureka, cousin Zeb, and Zeb's buggy horse Jim fall through a giant crack in the Earth. Far down in the center of the earth live a land of vegetable people, who grow on vines, and are picked when ripe into consciousness. While there, Oz floats down in his air balloon, and joins the company. All together, including Oz's nine tiny piglets, they travel through several more lands on their journey back upward and onward toward the Earth's su ...more
Julia Brumfield
Surprisingly enough this is one of the better books within the Oz series for the matter of fact that the majority of the book itself wasn't based in Oz and since the author had a freer line of creativity so, and because of that, he actually came up with the interesting fairyland backgrounds (another good example is the "The Life & Times of Santa Claus") that he is known from if you can stand to suffer Dorothy's strange accent yet again (apparently this is going to stay within all of his boo ...more
Christian
Journey to the center of the Earth as you read this book. When Dorothy Gale, her cat Eureka, Zeb Hugson, and his horse Jim, fall through a crack in the Earth caused by an earthquake, they must go through magical lands to get back to the top. On their way, they meet the Wizard, and nine tiny piglets. In their journey, they encounter invisible bears, wooden gargoyles, etc. Read the book to find out what happens

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is a third-person book with the main characters, Dorothy Ga
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Mhmd.
I thought book four, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, stood out for having something I can't quite put my finger on. It could be the excessive amount of outlandish ozziness put into it. It's very odd, really, for Baum was such an imaginative story-teller.
Carly Krewitsky
Dorothy is back, and so is the Wizard of Oz. They both end up in a fairy land after falling through a hole in the earth after an earthquake. Dorothy's companions are her cat Eureka, a boy named Zeb, and Zeb's horse Jim. Zeb is Dorothy's cousin. After some troubles in various fairy lands, Dorothy and her companions are saved by Princess Ozma, the ruler of Oz. Dorothy is reunited with Ozma, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger, and Bellina. Dorothy and The Wizard in ...more
Forrest Taylor
Uh, these books are severely decreasing in quality the further on we go. I didn't get much of a sense of anyone's character in this one and everybody just kinda seems like they don't like each other very much. Also, there isn't so much of a story as there is, like, a series of things that happens chronologically. This has always been present in the Oz books to some degree, but in this one there's barely a goal other than "go somewhere else." There are several obvious continuity questions, and of ...more
Patty Presley
This was not what I thought it was going to be. It starts out with Dorothy arriving in California and meeting a cousin to take her to the family farm where Uncle Henry was visiting. On the way, there was an earthquake, where Dorothy, her cousin Zeb, her kitten Eureka, and the horse pulling thier carriage, Jim fall into the earth.

The book is all about their adventures getting back from the land of the Mangaboos to the surface of the earth. The Wizard of Oz also meets them in the land of the Mang
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Joni
I definitely enjoyed this book more than the previous one in the series. Although Dorothy still has some lapses in her speech, there is less dialogue in this book and therefore her language is less annoying. The plot of the book is great, though, and I was pleased to be rejoined by the Wizard. Perhaps what I enjoyed most about this book is the author's preface at the beginning. I absolutely love the way he so greatly enjoys his interaction with his readers, and the way he works to implement all ...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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“Well," said Dorothy, "I was born on a farm in Kansas, and I guess that's being just as 'spectable and haughty as living in a cave with a tail tied to a rock. If it isn't I'll have to stand it, that's all.” 2 likes
“H.M.," said the Woggle-Bug, pompously, "means Highly Magnified; and T.E. means Thoroughly Educated. I am, in reality, a very big bug, and doubtless the most intelligent being in all this broad domain."
"How well you disguise it," said the Wizard.”
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