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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz #4)

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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz was the fourth of 14 Oz books written by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919). Published in 1908, while Baum was resident in Coronado, California, it is considered one of the “darker” of the Oz tales. However, it also is enlivened by Baum’s considerable wit, penchant for puns, and dry social commentary. In this title, Dorothy, her kitten Eureka, Jim, a ca...more
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Not my favorite Oz book. It just reads as a series of unrelated episodes as Dorothy and her companions stumble along under the earth trying to find their way to the surface again. There's the land of vegetable people and the land of creatures made out of wood and the land of invisible people, etc. None of the lands yielded any characters with real staying power.

And the inconsistencies make me wonder if Mr. Baum ever re-read his own books. In Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and Ozma arranged that Ozma would...more
Yet another series that I read lots in my youth, and thus retain a fondness for, despite recognizing that Baum is only a middling writer, at best. His inventiveness, which is his greatest strength, often gets out of hand and doesn't lend itself to satisfying narratives with a beginning, middle, and end. And don't even get me started on the inconsistencies... But every now and then, he gets off a really good line:

"H.M.," said the Woggle-Bug, pompously, "means Highly Magnified; and T.E. means Thor...more
Feb 08, 2012 Shoshana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: many
I really like this one. Baum is sometimes hit-or-miss with how interesting the different kinds of people his characters are constantly meeting are (good sentence, Sho), but he is pretty hit in Dorothy and the Wizard. The Mangaboos, the Valley of Vo, the dragonets, and the gargoyles are all neat, although I wish the dragon herself played a bigger role, and I wish we learned more about how the gargoyles came to be and why they fight and imprison all comers, and what they would have done with our f...more
Gabriel C.
Yikes. This series is not moving in a good direction. Rampant sexism, as Dorothy gets to mispronounce words and cry while her male counterpart gets to think creatively about how to solve problems, participate physically in the solutions, and basically interact meaningfully with his surroundings. Massive xenophobia, as the little group hates almost all the countries they pass through, leading to casual genocide, as they light the wooden people on fire. Good riddance. There's a bunch of weird cont...more
Dorothy's traveling through San Francisco, when a earthquake occurs and she falls into the Earth. Once again, she's traveling through some dangerous magical lands, this time accompanied with her cat Eureka, her cousin Zeb, and his cab-horse Jim.

I couldn't help notice that this is the first book of the series where Baum doesn't proclaim it to be the last Oz book ever in the introduction. I guess by this point Baum was resigned to the selling power of Oz, and it sort of shows in how much of Doroth...more
Ever day-dream about falling into a crack in the earth and finding strange communities of people living underground? Me neither! Nor did I ever imagine that I'd read about a kitty on trial for murder! This one is strictly for those who can approach it as a child . . .

Sorry. I confess right up front that I'm being completely uncritical here. If I were critical about the preposterous concepts, the lack of development of the new worlds visited, the flake-outs of the continuity of the series, or th...more
Not the The Wizard of Oz, but one of the sequels. Have you all ever read the Oz books? Because they are just plain odd. Baum was incredibly imaginative, and could dream up the most outlandish situations, for sure, but the books are a little bit crazy. Anyway, this one starts off in California, where earthquake causes Dorothy, her kitten, a boy named Zeb and a horse named Jim fall into the center of the earth. They land in a mysterious kingdom where they just happen to run into the Wizard (also t...more
J.M. Hushour
#4 in the original Baum Oz continuum and you can tell by this point that he was getting a little winded. The whole work comes across as a pandering to his pesky fans who kept demanding new works (he published one a year, it seems like) and is pretty sloppy. Dorothy and some redneck kid fall through a crack in the earth during an earthquake in California and, after randomly finding the original Wizard of Oz in an underground city made of glass, they have a series of unconnected, sometimes unremar...more
Sooooo - Dorothy, the Wizard, and friends fall into the center of the Earth during an earthquake (this was written two years after the Big One in San Fransisco BTW), where it is oddly not particularly hot, but full of lands populated with all sorts of Odd Beings. They manage, after two thirds of the book, to get within a stone wall of the Earth's surface, only to be trapped in a cave with no outlet.

But wait! Ozma and Dorothy had an agreement that Ozma would check Dorothy's whereabouts every afte...more
Predictable but still a fun read.
Patrick Sprunger
Oct 14, 2013 Patrick Sprunger rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: completists only
Recommended to Patrick by: childhood
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2013
I've never considered Dorothy and The Wizard in Oz a particularly good installment in the Oz saga. As the author admits in his introduction, Dorothy and The Wizard was written as a concession to the numerous fan letters appealing to keep Dorothy and the Wizard bound together as a fixture in the ongoing stories of Oz. As only the fourth book - well before the full cast of characters and the complete dimensions of Oz itself were defined - Dorothy and The Wizard doesn't actually go anywhere. Appare...more
Perhaps it is because Dorothy and the Wizard are not my favourite characters, but I found this volume lacking in comparison to its predecessors.

I realize much of the plot's makeup relied on suggestions from Baum's audience: children. But the stakes and the climax were very low and unimpressive. They were also jagged; the point of the story is difficult to point out, because the first half consists of getting back to the surface of the earth, and the last several chapters relate to joyous celebra...more
While I think the best of Baum's Oz books was the first, his imagination continued to explore (with more success in some books than others) the undiscovered terrain of many strange fantasy lands and peoples. While the same could be said of many writers of fiction, Baum writes in this work like a trained anthropologist, addressing here an audience of children. It is only fitting that he oft referred to himself as the "Royal Historian of Oz."

This work begins with a great earthquake that sends Dor...more
This was quite flimsy compared to the previous three books, and especially as a follow-up to the excellent Ozma of Oz.

In a completely unconvincing bit of revisionist history, the Wizard is now shown to have had no part in Ozma's disappearance years ago, although in The Marvelous Land of Oz, it is blatantly pointed out that he conspired with Mombi to prevent Ozma ascending the throne. Since the Wizard is a somewhat love/hate, antihero type of character anyway, there's really no point to this cha...more
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La piccola Dorothy e il suo cugino di secondo grado Zeb sono a bordo di un calesse, quando un terremoto apre un crepaccio e precipitano nel cuore della terra. Tra mondi incantati e l’incontro con vecchi e nuovi amici, proseguono le avventure della magica saga di Oz.

Nel commento a Ozma of Oz, il volume precedente della serie di Oz, mi chiedevo se Baum sarebbe riuscito a trovare nuove idee per i romanzi successivi. Beh, di personaggi e luoghi curiosi ce ne sono in abbondanza, quello che manca in q...more
While visiting family in California, Dorothy, her new kitten Eureka, cousin Zeb, and Zeb's buggy horse Jim fall through a giant crack in the Earth. Far down in the center of the earth live a land of vegetable people, who grow on vines, and are picked when ripe into consciousness. While there, Oz floats down in his air balloon, and joins the company. All together, including Oz's nine tiny piglets, they travel through several more lands on their journey back upward and onward toward the Earth's su...more
Julia Brumfield
Surprisingly enough this is one of the better books within the Oz series for the matter of fact that the majority of the book itself wasn't based in Oz and since the author had a freer line of creativity so, and because of that, he actually came up with the interesting fairyland backgrounds (another good example is the "The Life & Times of Santa Claus") that he is known from if you can stand to suffer Dorothy's strange accent yet again (apparently this is going to stay within all of his boo...more
Journey to the center of the Earth as you read this book. When Dorothy Gale, her cat Eureka, Zeb Hugson, and his horse Jim, fall through a crack in the Earth caused by an earthquake, they must go through magical lands to get back to the top. On their way, they meet the Wizard, and nine tiny piglets. In their journey, they encounter invisible bears, wooden gargoyles, etc. Read the book to find out what happens

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is a third-person book with the main characters, Dorothy Ga...more
I thought book four, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, stood out for having something I can't quite put my finger on. It could be the excessive amount of outlandish ozziness put into it. It's very odd, really, for Baum was such an imaginative story-teller.
Patty Presley
This was not what I thought it was going to be. It starts out with Dorothy arriving in California and meeting a cousin to take her to the family farm where Uncle Henry was visiting. On the way, there was an earthquake, where Dorothy, her cousin Zeb, her kitten Eureka, and the horse pulling thier carriage, Jim fall into the earth.

The book is all about their adventures getting back from the land of the Mangaboos to the surface of the earth. The Wizard of Oz also meets them in the land of the Mang...more
This was a fun little tale of Dorothy and some friends "falling through the earth" and visiting a bunch of different lands with interesting characters.
Well - Dorothy and the Wizard are certainly there, but this book is hardly about Oz. I think the books in this series are at their best and most fantastic when set in Oz. Anyway, Dorothy got to Australia with Ozma's help and stops over in San Francisco on her way back to Kansas. And wouldn't you know it, an earthquake opens up hole in the ground and she, her kitten, her friend Zeb, and a plucky horse named Jim fall into it. They run into the Wizard and start climbing their way back out to the su...more
While I thought I never would say it, this OZ story has too many adventures going on between two covers. A Vegetable Kingdom, the Valley of Voices, Climbing the Mountain, the Gargoyles, the Dragonettes, and then off to OZ! Once in OZ, we find that many of our American counterparts just don't fit in, and instead make mischief. But it is not necessarily mischief of the OZ sort ... No, it is the sort of mischief you would expect to find in the good ol' U.S. of A., so it's just not as fun. Plus Ozma...more
And here we have the evidence that L. Frank Baum finally let the little bastards get to him. He would give them exactly what they wanted. What a shame they didn't notice he was mocking them. I can just see him counting his money through the tears.

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz finds Dorothy falling through a crack in the earth while visiting cousins in California. She tumbles down clutching her pink kitten Eureka and dragging her cousin Zeb and his cart horse Jim with her. Oz scholars will point o...more
Jeff Stockett
These stories are really fun. This one has a very similar feeling to the first one. It involves a long journey through many strange and interesting lands. Of course, this time all of the strange and interesting lands are underneath the surface of the earth.

We get to see the land of the Mangaboos where the people are plucked from bushes. We see the Valley of the Voe where everyone is invisible and the land of the gargoyles where everyone wears wooden detachable wings.

I love the creativity of thes...more
I am loving reading this classic series!

Once again we meet Dorothy as she experiences yet another natural disaster - this time a "Californy" earthquake that sucks her into more magical adventures. This time she is accompanied by her maniacally mischievous kitten, Eureka (who makes the reader long for Toto's company), the rancher boy Zeb and his old cab horse and even the good 'ol humbug Wizard as they travel through the lands inhabited by Mangaboo Vegetable People, Invisible People & Invisib...more
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I decided to try to get through the books of Oz that are written by L. Frank Baum this year and I have thus far gotten through the first four books of the series. I am finding them fascinating because this and the previous book (Ozma of Oz) take place mainly outside of the land of Oz itself and in other fairy lands that Baum has created for the stories. It is interesting to see him say that they are Oz stories simply because they contain the characters briefly or at the end of the tale.

I do, ho...more
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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 plethora of other works (55 novels in total, 82 short stor...more
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“Well," said Dorothy, "I was born on a farm in Kansas, and I guess that's being just as 'spectable and haughty as living in a cave with a tail tied to a rock. If it isn't I'll have to stand it, that's all.” 2 likes
“H.M.," said the Woggle-Bug, pompously, "means Highly Magnified; and T.E. means Thoroughly Educated. I am, in reality, a very big bug, and doubtless the most intelligent being in all this broad domain."
"How well you disguise it," said the Wizard.”
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