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Tik-Tok of Oz (Oz #8)

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Large Format for easy reading. From The Wonderful Wizard of Oz series, one of the most popular books ever written in American children's literature.
Paperback, 164 pages
Published October 17th 2005 by Dodo Press (first published January 1st 1914)
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Evgeny
Jan 27, 2016 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Ann Soforth is a Queen of a tiny Kingdom which is a part of Oz. One day she decided sweeping floors is below queen's dignity (her Kingdom was that small) and some conquering is in order. She conscripted practically every single man and went out to conquer and plunder.

At the same time a girl named Betsy Bobbin was swept overboard from a ship just before it sank. We have no idea about who she is and what was she doing on the ship - for all we know she might have even been a part of the crew.

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Emily
Mr. Baum, Mr. Baum, Mr. Baum. Really?? Don't you remember that Shaggy and Polychrome met each other and traveled together three books ago? Or that the Love Magnet doesn't need to be seen to work? And why on earth did you change the Nome King's name from Roquat to Ruggedo? Even my 9-year-old remembered that Ozma had told him his name after he drank from the Waters of Oblivion before she sent him back home through the tunnel. If Ozma has the Nome King's Magic Belt, she doesn't need the Wizard to t ...more
Tabby
Jun 15, 2016 Tabby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Holy shit Toto talked! Review to come (maybe)
Anne Langston
I don't know, but as I read this, I wondered whether this book was originally a non Oz book that was reworked to be fit into the Oz series. There are some glaring inconsistencies--for instance, Polychrome and the Shaggy Man not only met in Road to Oz but spent most of the book in each other's company, yet neither seems to know the other in this book, the Love Magnet works differently than in Road to Oz, and for a land that's been cut off, it's remarkably easy for the inhabitants of Oz to get out ...more
Alena
Jun 07, 2011 Alena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Best part of this story, written in 1914, was when Ozma called the Shaggy Man on a "wireless telephone", a device invented by the Wizard that allowed them to converse with perfect ease without a wire connection. Yes, the Wizard invented cellphones. Crazy!!
Jessica
Apr 18, 2017 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful Oz story. They're such fun, quick reads!
Shoshana
Feb 22, 2012 Shoshana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people
This is actually one of my favorites, but it only gets four (or 4.5?) stars for a few reasons. One of them is the recurring gendered nature of styles of foolishness. I am referring to Ann Soforth choosing to conscript the men of Oogaboo into an army and conquer the world, much the same way Jellia Jamb conscripted an army of girls to conquer the Emerald City back in The Land of Oz, their motivations being they are tired of housework. Which could be a feminist kind of thing, except it's not. They' ...more
Mareklamo
Oct 27, 2007 Mareklamo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sff
Even roses can be misogynists.
Kelsey Marie
This has been one of the biggest disappointments in the Oz series. The story is all over the place, Baum can't decide if the Nome King deserves redemption or not, and we have a character named "Ugly One."

There are two good things about this book. One, I finally figured out what it is that I don't like about Ozma. She's mean and she's a little dense. So, Ugly One is Shaggy Mans brother, and Shaggy has spent this never-ending book looking for him. Once Shaggy finds him, Ozma sends everyone back t
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Wils Cain
Dec 16, 2008 Wils Cain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It cracks me up how he really tries to wrap up every book as the last and then he introduces the next one by very nicely saying "the kids won't leave me be." I enjoyed all the new characters and finally someone from Kansas other than Dorothy being obnoxious. The story mostly revolves around all new characters with Dorothy thrown in at the end.
Pink
Oct 20, 2015 Pink rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For a while this was going well, new characters, a new adventure, but quickly there was more of the same. Journeys through distant lands of Oz, evil characters that are easily reformed, saccharine morals and a pointless ending when everything is so easily resolved.
Kylie
Nov 15, 2012 Kylie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a movie called Return to Oz and I've always wandered about Tik Tok until I worked up to his book in the series. This is a great book especially for reading to children going to bed.
Grace
My favorite part of this book was when the Shaggy Man and Ozma talked to each other long distance using the Wizard's "wireless telephone" that he'd invented. I love it when fantasy and sci-fi predict the future. So Frank Baum actually invented the cell phone!

This was another good Oz story that actually had a clear antagonist (the oft-appearing Nome King, even though his first name was different in this book). There was also a main plot: a quest to rescue the Shaggy Man's brother from the Nome Ki
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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
Ira Livingston
Jan 12, 2017 Ira Livingston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cassie
May 03, 2012 Cassie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Recommended to Cassie by: self
Baum continues to create a wonderful world that is fantastical in nature with this particular book. As we get further away from the book that was supposed to end it all (The Emerald City of Oz) we can see some of the joy returning to the writing of the series. He tells stories that entertain and he understands now that his audience wanted more of these stories. He seems to have a deeper respect for what he created with these books by this book than he has in the previous volume (The Patchwork Gi ...more
Robyn
Nov 10, 2016 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cute! I like how in the Oz books, there is always a group of very different travel companions on a common quest. It seems with every book, the group gets more diverse. This time, Tik-Tok is helping fight for Shaggy Man, shipwrecked Betsy Bobbin and her mule Hank, the exiled Rose Queen, the lost Polychrome, the discontented Queen Anne and her reluctant army of officers and Private Files. Tik-Tok helps Shaggy search for his long-lost brother, who they find is a prisoner of the Nome Kingdom. I ...more
Joy
Aug 15, 2014 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
really a 3.5. it was kind of dry but the ending was fun and I imagine if I were a child I would think it the most magical....

I enjoyed the book trees:
*"Then the books were picked and husked and were ready to read. If they were picked too soon, the stories were found to be confused and uninteresting and the spelling bad. However, if allowed to ripen perfectly, the stories were fine reading and the spelling and grammar excellent."

Baum's characters are always so polite:
* "I have made an engagement
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Christine Blachford
I feel like this entry in the vast Oz series is slightly misnamed because it's more about the Shaggy Man and his quest to find his brother than it is about Tik-Tok. There are a few disparate stories here, with strands that come together in the end to provide the usual fun and games.

Queen Ann wants to take over the world, Betsy Bobbin is shipwrecked, the Shaggy Man is on a quest, and the nome king is up to his old tricks. I thought this wasn't as strong as some of the previous Oz books but it was
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Steve
Sep 14, 2007 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: adventure
This is my favorite Oz book. It's a story about a young girl named Betsy that gets washed overboard with her mule Hank and winds up in Oz. There she encounters a Rose Princess, the Gnome King, and the Rainbow's Daughter, and Tik-Tok himself, among others. It's also the story of Ann of Oogaboo, the Queen of the smallest kingdom in Oz, who sets out on a mission with an army of 13 officers in a bid to conquer the Emerald City. I mean, come on. The Wizard of Oz? Pshaw.
Holli
Someone wants to invade and conquer Oz. This sounds awfully familiar to me. There are also several things changed from one book to this one. Mr. Baum, you should have kept a series bible in writing the Oz series. Or, re-read your stuff before writing this one.
Jennifer
This is one of the Oz books that I...keep forgetting entirely. Maybe it's that the cast isn't very compelling or memorable, and the plot is more disjointed than usual. I miss Dorothy and Ozma, so I might be a bit biased against Betsy Bobbin, I confess.
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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Marcella
May 19, 2017 Marcella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another sweet little ‘road trip’ with yet another nice mixture of new characters mingled with old ones. My favorite little information: Toto can talk in Oz, just didn’t want to!
Nicolette Harding
This was just not that good. Perhaps the formula is just tired. Even Baum didnt remember some of his stories and changed a few character names and some.of the spells. Very weird.
Maki
The retcons. Oooooh, the retcons.

I wonder if Baum felt emotionally blackmailed into continuing on with the Oz series, because he really played fast and loose with the established story line of the previous Oz books. Reading his intros, it's obvious that he wanted to move on to other things, but the fan demand for more Oz books was a bit overwhelming.

Whatever the reasoning behind it, this book makes the endings of several previous books in the series either pointless, or just straight out pretend
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Stephanie Ricker
Continuing the tradition of reading Oz books aloud with my husband whenever we're traveling (whoever isn't driving gets to read). Gotta say, not too impressed with this one. Baum completely disregards continuity, and the title is fairly nonsensical given that Tik-Tok features so little in the book. Still enjoyable because I have such affection for the Oz books, and the scene discussing why Toto doesn't talk makes the whole book worth reading.
Melani
This is one of the more enjoyable OZ books, for all that it also highlights some of the big problems the OZ books have. I think it’s so successful because there it is a voyage novel, rather than one where the characters try to solve a problem. Thus Baum’s problems with plot aren’t quite as evident here. And so long as you accept that it follows the formula of, characters form a party and go on various adventures then this novel is an easy read.

I do have problems with it though. The first is the
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Margaret Taylor
Or, what happens when you take a book that you vaguely remember from your early childhood and re-read it as an adult.

When I was a little kid, I remember going to Grandma’s house to look at her shelves of first-edition Oz books. A lot of people don’t realize that Oz was a series – there was way more to in than The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. They had these fabric bindings that were falling apart at the edges and these wacky lineart illustrations. We kids would get stern injunctions from the adults ar
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Jeff
Jan 23, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing my journey through the Oz books, this time reading them to my children. "Tik-Tok" was one of those my memory was a bit hazy on and upon reading it again for the first time in what must be at least 20 years, I know why. This was not one of Baum's books that I had read over and over again like many of his other Oz entries.

It was good that the hard cover version I read (the first time I had read this version) had an editorial note as to why this book felt so disjointed compared to other
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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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