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The Scalawagons of Oz (Oz (Thompson and others) #35)
The Wizard of Oz's latest invention has taken Oz ??? storm His Scalawagans are taxis that can drive all ??? themselves -- over the ground and through the a??? Everything is going smoothly until the mysterious B??? Snickle comes along and "snickles" around with t??? Scalawagons by adding some flabergas... and bef??? you know it, there is big trouble in the Emerald Ci???The ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published September 28th 1991 by Wonder Publishing
(first published 1941)
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While I did like this book slightly better than Neill's Wonder City of Oz, Scalawagons lacked cohesiveness and a worthwhile plot. It was a cobbled together adventure story that lacked a significant villain (the Bellsnickle was a let down), was full of way too many cheesy puns, and again seemed to take strong, already well established characters like Ozma and Glinda and dumb them down. I again was also disappointed with Neill's use of inanimate objects randomly having the abilities to talk, think ...more
Slightly better plot structure than The Wonder City of Oz and that is the best I can say about it. This book is really just boring. I think if you haven't read many previous Oz books you would enjoy John R. Neils contributions a little more. Personally though, I find that he makes a lot of established Oz characters kind of unlikable. He changes so much of their personality that it's like they are the same character in name only. It lacks the charm, character development and intrigue of the Oz wo ...more
I LOVE this book. It is a childhood favorite, and one of the best of the Oz series. It has made a lasting impression. I will never forget the image of Tik-toc knocking sense into the scalawagons. I'm not sure how easy this book is to actually find. I have never come across a copy of it other than the copy that my mom had when she was a small child.
John Rea Neill (November 12, 1877 - September 19, 1943) was a magazine and children's book illustrator primarily known for illustrating more than forty stories set in the Land of Oz, including L. Frank Baum's, Ruth Plumly Thompson's, and three of his own. His pen-and-ink drawings have become identified almost exclusively with the Oz series. He did a great deal of magazine and newspaper illustratio ...moreMore about John R. Neill...
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