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The Road to Oz (Oz #5)

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The Road to Oz takes Dorothy and her friends on an adventure in Oz to a grand party in honor of Ozma’s birthday. It all starts near her home on Uncle Henry’s farm in Kansas when she tries to help a shaggy stranger find the road he is seeking. On the way they find a young boy, Button-Bright, and together they get lost, only to find themselves in the fairylands of Oz.

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Published 2005 by LibriVox.org (first published 1909)
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Evgeny
Dec 31, 2015 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
A shaggy-looking guy called Shaggy Man asked Dorothy for directions; the latter trying to show the right road completely lost her way and the pair ended up in a magical land - not Oz, but somewhere close to it geographically. Their decided to proceed to Oz instead of going back to Kansas. By doing so they met a lot of magical creatures and saw a lot of magical countries.

In the review of a previous book of the series I mentioned that L. Frank Baum had great imagination which was clearly demonstr
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Obsidian
So I hated this book. Like a lot. I got this way back in February and only finished it in July because I started going through my Kindle device and started downloading books to read back in February. I originally only read 4 percent and said nope and put the book aside. When I finished it in July I decided that was it for me, no more Oz books. The only saving grace is that I didn't pay money for it. I got it for free on Amazon.

Dorothy is still a pain in the butt who doesn't have the common sense
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Emily
While not as dark as the last book, The Road to Oz has many similarities to Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. Again, our little heroine unintentionally sets off on a journey during which she meets a host of new characters, experiences a few easily-overcome challenges, and ends up in Oz. This time, though, there wasn't really any conflict and only one encounter with a malicious opponent on their travels. The Shaggy Man was actually a bit creepy at the beginning (my kids have been taught to run and fi ...more
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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Amy
Nov 09, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books-read
This, is, quite frankly, the worst of all the Oz books I've read. I got the feeling that, by the end, Baum was bored with writing it and just stopped trying.

It starts rather disturbingly in that Dorothy walks away from her farm alone with a stranger called The Shaggy Man who says that he's lost and needs directions. Since Dorothy has no sense at all of stranger danger, she goes off with this man who swears that he has a "love magnet" that attracts everyone to him. Eventually, he leads Dorothy i
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Cassie
Apr 16, 2012 Cassie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
As I continue to read these books as an adult I am shocked by what Baum has gotten away with as an author. Some of the spark that I had for this series as a child is quickly leaving as I realize some of the mechanics that he uses as an author that I simply am not fond of or even okay with. He often calls people or things stupid in his books. He belittles frequently and he continues to do that in this book. He also doesn't seem to be that respectful for the most part to his actual fans. It become ...more
Jenna
Jun 19, 2013 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
I've been reading my way through the Oz books lately in order to fill in some gaps of children's literature I'd missed as a kid. I wasn't too happy with the previous story because it felt like Baum didn't really feel any of it and just wrote Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz because he was pressured by a publisher as well as ravenous fans who wrote him imploring for more Oz. I found myself more than a little peeved that he allowed children to dictate what he put in his book. Sure, he pleased his fans ...more
Kat  Hooper
Mar 20, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
OK. It’s obvious what’s going on here. As L. Frank Baum explained in the foreword to one of the OZ books (and I’ve seen such sentiments in some of his other forewords, too):
It's no use; no use at all. The children won't let me stop telling tales of the Land of Oz. I know lots of other stories, and I hope to tell them, some time or another; but just now my loving tyrants won't allow me. They cry: "Oz — Oz! more about Oz, Mr. Baum!" and what can I do but obey their commands?
I think it’s sweet tha
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Robyn
Jan 07, 2011 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-books, 2011
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Dec 05, 2014 A B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, I've read this one. The library didn't have this volume when I was a kid so I always wondered what happened in book 5. Again, there is not quite so much about Oz as it is about getting to Oz - in this case, for Ozma's birthday party. Dorothy and Toto go for a stroll and wind up with the lovable Shaggy Man and an adorable doofus named Button Bright. And that's really all the book is - a nice little afternoon stroll, very low on the adventure.

They encounter some interesting folk along the
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Drew
Dec 15, 2014 Drew rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This one starts out a little creepy: Dorothy, back in Kansas, meets a shady character called "The Shaggy Man," who asks her to show him the way to Butterfield. Way too many tragic stories start like that, eh? Worse, he claims to have a "love magnet" in his pocket that will instantly cause anyone he meets to love him.

But no, it's all innocent, okay? Even though modern readers are going to be totally creeped out by this.

The Shaggy Man doesn't even get a name. Everyone just calls him "Shaggy Man" f
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Jessica
This book starts out giving you the creeps in the first chapter. Dorothy is confronted with a scruffy looking stranger that also happens to be an older male. He asks her for directions, kidnaps her dog and convinces her to show him the correct path rather than just telling him the directions. Dorothy follows the stranger and later on he tells her about his “love magnet” that causes everyone he meets to fall in love with him. By the second chapter they come upon a small boy dressed in…..a sailor ...more
Therese
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Did you know there was a road to Oz? Dorothy and Toto didn't either until she and The Shaggy Man stumbled across it (many roads) and on their way to fairyland. As always Dorothy, she makes friends and brings along Button Bright and Polychrome, the rainbow's daughter who are both lost although Button Bright doesn't know that because he doesn't know anything.

I never knew these books existed, but I'm having fun reading them. I liked that the author put another adult into this book as well as an
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Lucy
Rate: 2.5

This one was a little better than Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, but it was still just okay. The first half was slow and disappointing but the latter half sort of made up for it. It reminded me of what first made me fall in love with the Land of Oz.

Pros:
*Dorothy (I love her, but I didn't really enjoy her character in the last book, mostly because she was just so passive and didn't really do anything. She's more of her spunky self in this one.)
*Really fast read

Cons:
*Slow in the beginning
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Pete
Nov 18, 2015 Pete rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
This one is for children only. Once again Dorothy is....traveling. She meets some different and unique people. There really is no adversity. Ugg.

If not for the introduction of The Shaggy Man and Button Bright it would have been a complete wash.

Unfortunately my son is enjoying Oz too much to get away so on to the next story.

Side note: Santa make an appearance. Ho Ho Ho
Alexandra
Sep 06, 2015 Alexandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I watch films (at home, not in the cinema), I have a rule. If I'm not into it by 40 minutes, I give up. I think I need to start employing a similar rule for books. This was just dire.
This should be named "Don't Do What Dorothy Does" and used as a teaching device for children's stranger awareness. I mean, this character, The Shaggy Man, practically abducts a bunch of children! First Dorothy, who he asks for directions and somehow gets her to show him the way to a specific road, but doesn't a
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Grace
Not my favorite Oz book so far, but it still had all the fun and creativity of Baum's other stories. Mostly what I didn't care for was the lack of logical explanation for things. (Yes, I know this is a children's fantasy story, so "logic" isn't really a big thing). However, as far as storytelling elements go, it seemed that this book - more so than some of the other Oz books - was just a bunch of random ideas and adventures strung together, with no back story or explanation. The character of But ...more
Vivi Vocat
Apr 05, 2016 Vivi Vocat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-childhood
The formula is pretty familiar by now. Dorothy ends up in OZ, unintentionally, after overcoming some difficulties in deus-ex-machina style and meeting some very rude local heroes or weirdos. A quirky story, but the charm has worn off.
Lucia
Apr 02, 2015 Lucia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I am a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz and Mr. Baum, however, this is a very disappointing story. Just like in the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy again finds herself magically lost and again collects a motley crew of travel companions on her way to the Emerald City. Instead of the tin man, scarecrow and lion, this time it is the Shaggy Man, Button Bright and Polychrome, the rainbow's daughter. Unfortunately, with the exception of Button Bright, who's dumb innocence is endearing, these characters are not dev ...more
Brandy
At this point, Baum has worked through his demons about writing more Oz adventures and embraced the delightful oddities. Yes, this volume pulls heavily from the formula of the first two books --a road trip to the Emerald City, picking up more friends along the way -- but it's a formula that works for this series. This time we don't get the anthropological gawking at other cultures or the genocide of the wooden gargoyles; instead it's a journey full of comical misunderstandings and adventures.

Th
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FittenTrim
I read and loved all the Baum OZ books as a child, yet they all disappeared over the constant moving which my family did throughout my adolescence. But when my Mom's business flooded, Mom mailed my personal items which survived the flood out to LA. Somehow, this book survived. I decided to read it again to see if, like Dorothy, I could go home again. Would a book that I loved as a child still hold up?

The answer is yes and no. On the positive side, I was reminded of Baum's skill for creating witt
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Christine Marie
Aug 17, 2012 Christine Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children's, Classics, Morals, Ethics, Fables, Wizard of Oz, Wondefrul Wizard of Oz, Fantasy fans
Recommended to Christine by: Robert Allen
What a cute adventure! I really liked the premise of Dorothy once again following a road to a destination that would help her get home: the Emerald City. It had a similar "yellow brick road" feel of the first book, but luckily the plot was different enough that you didn't get bored with the similarity of the books. I find that that's the only way I'm interested in any of these books at all. I mean, in all of them besides the second, Dorothy is bizarrely transported to a fairy land, and she must ...more
Susan
Apr 04, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
I'm reading all of the Oz books (credited to Baum, at least), and I'm only, what? Maybe five books in now--I've read past this one, of course--but though I have work ahead of me yet, I feel pretty safe to say that Button Bright is the worst character in the entire series. Maybe the world. He's just the worst (apologies to the late Mr. Baum).

It's pretty undeniable Baum has a reputation for being something of a magician for spinning fantasies and being revered storyteller, and I don't want to dism
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Runa
Oct 22, 2008 Runa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my second favorite of the Oz series, right after Ozma of Oz. I love the new characters, the Shaggy Man and Polly especially. I really like that, while there are some challenges in the book, the main goal is a happy one. They're not on the run from anyone, they're all on their way to Ozma's birthday party, where they meet the greatest assortment of colorful individuals. Unlike some of the other books in the series, this one really stays true to the spirit of Oz, with unique but awesome ch ...more
Shaun
Jan 10, 2012 Shaun rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book wasn't as good as the previous books in the series. It seemed to exist purely to show off a vast array of characters, but the majority of the characters I enjoyed were ones already established in the series.

Button Bright annoyed the crap out of me. Polychrome did almost nothing. I did enjoy the shaggy man a bit but his introduction was astoundingly creepy. A dirty hobo looking man meets Dorothy at her house, steals her dog while she isn't looking, and convinces her to take him a long d
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Christine Blachford
I think this is the first of the Oz stories that I haven't read before and as such it was quite a fun journey to take along with Dorothy. It was a relief that she wasn't involved in a weather-related incident to start with, and instead simply got lost.

I marvel at the different scenarios are put in front of the travellers - bubbles for travelling, a land of foxes, those who would want to put them in soup. Even small things like the Love Magnet, and the array of rulers from around Oz - such imagin
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Christina
I think I'll take a break from these for a while. This one didn't have much of a plot - we simply join Dorothy and some new (and not very interesting) friends on their trip to Oz. I can see how children would really enjoy this as it includes a lot of interesting, imaginative situations. However I'm getting annoyed by the lack of conflict and Dorothy's inconsiderate attitude (she's downright rude to the music guy). Also, there are a few unanswered questions. Who is Button-Bright? It seems like th ...more
Elijah Libert
Jan 04, 2016 Elijah Libert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book and all of their adventures. It is funny when Button Bright got the fox head. It is funny that it did not change his brain or his talking.
Elderberrywine
Aug 10, 2012 Elderberrywine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Full marks for some delightful new characters - the Shaggy Man, Button Bright (who isn't), and Polychrome the Rainbow's daughter. Basically, this is a Road plot, the type of plot Baum does the best, IMHO. And very cleverly done, with the color of the page papers changing, depending on what part of Oz they are currently in.

And as Dorothy sagely notes, in response to a comment that she has some queer friends, "The queerness doesn't matter, so long as they are friends." Very well put, my dear. *hig
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Kathryn
I wonder why two of my favorite books in the series were centered around Ozma's birthday parties. This one seemed a little more, hm, childlike? There was more of a pattern here, where every character's introduction played along the lines of, "Who are you?" "I'm the [insert character's name:], where are you going?" "We're going to Ozma's birthday party!" And so on and so on. Still, the story is charming, and a lot of fun. And so very very strange, but that's par for the course with any of L. Fran ...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 pleth
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Other Books in the Series

Oz (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
  • Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)
  • The Emerald City of Oz (Oz, #6)
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz, #7)
  • Tik-Tok of Oz (Oz, #8)
  • The Scarecrow of Oz (Oz, #9)
  • Rinkitink in Oz (Oz, #10)
  • The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz, #11)

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