The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz #2)
Few fantasy lands have captured our hearts and imaginations as has the marvelous land of Oz. For over four generations, children and adults alike have reveled in the magical adventures of its beloved folk. Now, for the first time in over seventy years, the second book about Oz is presented here in the same deluxe format as the rare first edition, complete with all 16 of th...more
I saw the entire set for Kindle for a ridiculously low price, and I said, "Hey, they're classics. I'll probably read them again." And then I was away from home with no book, which is like being away from home without clothes on, for me, and there was my Kindle in my purse, and I'd re...more
I really enjoyed the first story, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." It was so much better than the movie, not so saccharin and really fun story telling. I did get aggravated with the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion's whining but understood it was needed to get the point of the story across, es...more
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
The second book in the Oz seies is much lighter, the characters are quirky, and was overall simply fun. There was Jack Pumpkinhead, an army of pretty little girls who conquer the Emerald City with knitting needles, as well as the Scarecrow and a much kinder and less m...more
Oddly I know of this Baum book's plot thanks to a comic book. (Since this is back in the 70s it was definitely a comic book and not a graphic novel.) I was spending a typical summer vacation with my grandparents, and as usual had the typical need to root around in the various areas of her house that held interesting nicknacks. Tiny china collectables, buttons, costumes, books, etc. etc. There was a typewriter case which you'd think would contain a typewriter, but instead conta...more
Despite these positive aspects...more
When one mentions The Wizard of Oz, what likely comes to mind for most people are the characters, images and music from the 1939 movie musical starring Judy Garland. We see the moment when Dorothy emerges into a technicolor Munchkinland; we hear the characters singing “Follow the...more
This time out we have a male hero, Tip, who lives with the witch Mombi, but escapes by stealing her Powder of Life and animating Jack Pumpkinhead, a figure he has created from lumber, scraps of clothes, and a Jack 0'lantern head. Jack and Tip set off on adventures in Oz that are much stranger...more
Before I discovered that there was a girl named Dorothy with a dog called Toto I discovered the land of Oz. I never understood as a child the rules of series. That you 'had' to read the previous books before reading the second or third books. This was due to my age at the time (things seem rather muddled as a 7 year old when you have a voracious appetite for reading) and the fact that I had the tendency to grab whatever was on my bookshelf.
As far as stepping into the world of Oz went, this was...more
The first place that gender came up was in the girls' revolt. I'm not going to complain much about stereotyped behavior, like pursuit of candy and gems, partially because the straightforward violence and purpose with which the girls wield their knitting needles under...more
Okay, so there's a sprinkling of those dreaded adverbs...more
It's weird enough that it's obvious why it wasn't a movie.
The adventures of Tip begin with him working for an old witch named Mombi. He tries to pull a prank by creating a wooden man with a pumpkin head, but the witch brings it to life. Jack Pumpkinhead is one of the funnier characters, because he is always worried about his head spoiling or being cooked....more
That said, this one may be more dated than the previous one due to the Army of Revolt led by Gen...more
I was surprised to find that Dorothy does not appear anywhere in this book. But we do get to see our old friends the Tin Woodman (who is now randomly named Nick Chopper) and the Scarecrow.
I think the thing I enjoy most about these books is the dialogue. The stories are whimsical and unlikely, but the chara...more
Like the first book in the series, this story is an entertaining piece of nonsense, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, but for some reason I like Baum's writing a lot more.
The main character, Tip, is a young boy who goes on several adventu...more
I didn't like a lot of things about this book. Baum didn't allow the good Woggle Bug to make all the puns he could have and the other characters shamm...more