Ozma of Oz (Oz #3)
Readers of all ages will welcome the chance to be reunited with Dorothy Gale and such beloved characters as the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, as well as to meet new favorites such as the Hungry Tiger, whose appetite is never satisfied; Princess Langwidere, who has thirty heads; Billina, a talking chicken; and Tiktok, a mechanical man.
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But this one gives you lots of fun with Dorothy and the delightful queen Ozma, not to mention an intrepid hen given powers of speech by transition to the fairylands, one of the most Grimm's-ian villains yet with the Nome King and his dangerous guessing game, and my deep and abiding favorite Tik-Tok, whose wind-up pers...more
There is a certain folksy idiocy to Dorothy that sees her fresh-eyed naivete outclassed time and again by things like her talking chicken companion, the real heroine of the story, or the wondrous freaks that surround her in her adventures. She's a kid who doesn't really ever save the day by herself, hearkening back to a time when the central characters were often powerless in the face of greater dangers. This reinforced the noti...more
Once again, a near-tragedy transports Dorothy to a fai...more
I had no idea that L. Frank Baum had written all of these sequels to the Wizard of Oz. I'm not much a fan of the movie and had never read the book, but my son was doing an Oz project at school and I picked up a condensed version of the Wizard at Target and he got to reading it and really enjoyed it. I noticed a long list of books and we went to the library and checked out Ozma of Oz. I had very low expectations but was delightfully surprised. We've read about 5 of them at this point and they ar...more
on a vacation from Kansas to Australia, Uncle Henry and his niece Dorothy Gale are caught in a fierce storm which throws Dorothy off the ship. Dorothy finds herself in a crate with Billina, a yellow hen.
As the survivors wash ashore, Dorot...more
I love how Dorothy is completely resilient, calm, and optimistic in the face of extreme danger. I mean, it's also pretty ridiculous - at the beginning of the book, a storm throws her overboard with nothing but a chicken coop to keep her afloat on the vast ocean, and she is "more amused than frightened at her sudden change of condition," gives "a sigh of regret at parting with Uncle Henry," and promptly goes to sleep. Like, what? Yeah, uh, ok. Still, I really apprecia...more
Ozma of Oz includes several of the characters we've met in the previous two Oz books - Dorothy Gale & her three now famous friends, as well as Princess Ozma and the Sawhorse from the second Oz adventure. There are also a fe...more
Dorothy and her friends travel to the adjoining Land of Ev, which is currently suffering from the evil King of the Nomes. He seems a likable enough fella, but his true colors are revealed when things don'...more
I like the Oz books quite a bit so far, although I was a little distracted by the way Dorothy spoke in this book, leaving out vowels all over the place, pronouncing word...more
Turns out - it did happen! This book was the biggest influence on Disney's 1985 movie, Return to Oz. I knew the changing heads woman was something I hadn't thought up of on my own!
So, once my curiosity was appeased I settled in to enjoy the wildly fun ride Ozma of Oz gave me. An...more
Still: it had Dor...more
And if you thought the Kalidahs in The Wizard of Oz were unnerving, just wait until you see Neill's ill...more
Dorothy returns, and brings the sassy hen Billina with her after being hit with a sea storm. On the way to the capital of Ev, she encounters the Wheelers, which are humans with wheels instead of limbs. They're only intend to scare people, since they are weak and want to keep out intruders, but Dorothy, Billina, and the wind-up robot Tik-Tok defuse the situation by agreeing to keep the secret.
They meet up...more
The story has the same whimsical charm that the first two books have that make them children's classic books. Baum is able to create these fantastical creatures and you believe they could exist in these other worlds. In this case he created the Wheelers who...more
These are all, of course, written for a younger crowd. This one in particular showed up around 1907 and is a very imaginative bit of fiction especially considering the times in which it was written. I'm really surprised that there were no sequels to the ori...more
A young boy, under the rule of a witch, sneaks off to find his adventure with a pumpkin headed doll that is brought to life by the witch. When the boy an pumpkin man flee, the boy takes with him the potion that brought the pumpkin head to life. They meet the scarecrow just as he is overthrown by an army of women who want the jewels in the Emerald City and force the men to take over the domestic jobs.
Things I liked about this book:
- A princess who has a thing for swapping out her heads to get a different mood/look, and has a display room of heads to choose from. Weird, but cool.
- An underground gnome kin...more
Baum's oddest conceit: Dorothy is accompanying her aging and ailing Uncle Henry on a trip to Australia. For some reason, this arduous journey is considered a kind of rest cure for poor Uncle Henry. A storm a sea leaves Dorothy washed overboard and adrift in...more
Of course, there are still plenty of side adventures. I love the wheelers. I love the lu...more
If anyone is familiar with the s...more
this was Baum's first book with the intent on continuing the Oz series. It was great.
i thoroughly enjoyed this one. i thought it was better than 'The Marvelous Land of Oz.' i was very interested in how dorothy would fit back into the Oz universe and Baum did not disappoint. It was well paced and each chapter kep...more
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"Where is your husband?" asked Ozma.
"He is in the house, nursing a black eye," replied Jinjur, calmly. "The foolish man would insist upon milking the red cow when I wanted him to milk the white one; but he will know better next time, I am sure.”