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The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz #7)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  6,338 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
This dazzling tale once again demonstrates L. Frank Baum's creative genius and his power to delight audiences young and old. Join Dorothy, the Tin Woodsman, and a host of new characters as they embark on a series of enchanting adventures in the magical land of Oz. After a doll made out of a patchwork quilts and cotton stuffing is brought to life by a magician, she must fin ...more
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Published July 1st 2004 by Alcazar Audioworks (first published 1913)
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Evgeny
Dec 31, 2015 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
Jan 29, 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
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Tabby
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)
Susan
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
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Sara Santos
3,5
Not as good as the other books.
Suzanne
This wasn't my favorite Oz book, but it was still enjoyable. I especially liked the vain glass cat with pink brains and the Hoppers.
Pink
Oct 02, 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...
Kelsey Marie
Jun 17, 2015 Kelsey Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
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.
Ben
Oct 20, 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
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I was disappointed in this book. As a self-taught quilter I was trawling Gutenberg in search of books about patchwork or with it mentioned in the title; so far I am underwhelmed with the results. The Patchwork Girl is not really the main character of the book at all, and everyone finds her personality bumptious and uncomfortable, in part because she has no heart and her head is stuffed with cotton wool. She spouts doggerell and dances, and that's about all she does. As for Ojo and Unc Nunkie--ge ...more
Ryan
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
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LemontreeLime
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
Matthew Hunter
Fun for the kids, but not quite as much for the adults. The constant questing theme has been overplayed by Baum. Basically, The Patchwork Girl of Oz foists one wacky new character after another on readers, tries to coax a chortle or two out of us, provides yet more evidence that Oz is a socialist utopia, and puts a bow on the whole bit by offering a heart-warming ending. Yawn.

In this installment of the Oz saga, Baum focuses his progressive sensibilities on prison systems. Munchkin boy Ojo breaks
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Garrett Zecker
Doma Publishing's Wizard of Oz collection has taken me several years to read with my son at bedtime. It was interesting revisiting the texts that I read swiftly through my youth, as I was about his age when I read them and remembered little beyond some of the characters that don't appear in any of the books. I picked up a copy of this version since, for 99c, I could have the complete series along with "All the original artwork by the great illustrator W.W. Denslow (over 1,000 classic illustratio ...more
Ottery StCatchpole
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Kara
Dec 28, 2012 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
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Grace
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
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Cassie
Apr 25, 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
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
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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
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Christina
Jan 08, 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
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
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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
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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
Nicolette Harding
Baum had said that the 6th Oz book wiuld be his last. He even wrote the land of Oz and all of its inhabitants to be invisible to others. After it was published he was besieged by letters from children begging for more stories from Oz. Book 7 is proof sometimes you should just tell your kids "Tough luck buddy"
Pretty boring characters for Oz standards and the typical and now routine "journey to Emerald City" is getting a bit played. Should have quit while you were ahead.
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.
Latasha
May 30, 2014 Latasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-domain
this one seem to be a bit repeative. the magic powder bring objects to life, the quest, etc.
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
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Saltzburg
May 23, 2017 Saltzburg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Paula Reyes Wagner
Otra de las extrañas historias de la Tierra de Oz.

Esta me gustó más que la anterior de todas maneras, tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer un rincón de la Tierra de Oz que no habíamos visto, la de los Quadlings, eso lo encontré muy valioso.
Pero con esta historia me pasó lo que me ha pasado en varias ya, se me hizo tediosa a ratos y sin sentido, pues siempre hubo una solución más sencilla. Entiendo que son historias para otro público y por eso lo perdono.
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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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Oz (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
  • Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)
  • The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
  • The Emerald City of Oz (Oz #6)
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