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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz #4)

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Fantasy lovers of all ages will rejoice at this chance to travel once again to the marvelous land of Oz!

A California earthquake sends Dorothy Gale and her new friends--Zeb the farm boy, Jim the cab-horse, and Eureka the mischievous kitten--tumbling through a crack in the ground. Deep beneath the earth, Dorothy is reunited with her old friend the Wizard of Oz and his troupe
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Hardcover, Books of Wonder, 262 pages
Published August 17th 1990 by Books of Wonder (first published 1908)
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Evgeny
Dec 16, 2015 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Would I spoil things if I mention something that implied in the title? Yes, Dorothy got to Oz eventually, but it took her about two thirds of the book to finally arrive there. This time she was minding her own business riding from a train station to a Californian ranch where her uncle was waiting for her when she fell into a deep crack appearing as a result of an earthquake. She was shortly joined none other than the former Wizard of Oz himself. Trying to get to the surface they met a lot of fas ...more
Emily
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
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Obsidian
Please note that this book will spoil events from books one through three. So if you haven't read those books, skip over this review.

My general feeling once I finished this book was eh.

I feel bad for saying this, but the charm of the first two Oz books has worn off of me. I had issues with book three but this one really did not gel for me at all. Maybe it's because two new characters sucked. A lot. And I was glad to be rid of them.

Yes. I am totally calling out a children's book right now for b
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Tabby
Jun 13, 2016 Tabby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
So im reading all the Oz books plus the side books, but feeling a little sick so review to come when i'm feeling better
Gabriel C.
Sep 15, 2012 Gabriel C. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2012
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
Emily
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
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Shoshana
Feb 08, 2012 Shoshana rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Pete
Aug 01, 2015 Pete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
A lot of super cool, imaginative ideas strung together by a thin plot. All of the favorite characters make it into the story by the end. Eh, my son enjoyed it.

Fun fact, during a murder trial I got to explain both murder and trials...sweet.
Kaion
Apr 23, 2012 Kaion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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
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Keith
Oct 04, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Carrie
Feb 16, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elderberrywine
Jul 08, 2012 Elderberrywine rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
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
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Amy
Oct 26, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books-read
Dorothy begins her adventures to strange lands, once again, as the result of a natural disaster. This time, the disaster is an earthquake. She and her companions (eventually including the Wizard of Oz) fall deep into the earth where they meet many strange people in the various countries there. Among the strange people groups they meet are people who grow on bushes and are vegetable rather than meat inside, people who become invisible because of a type of fruit they eat, and wooden gargoyles with ...more
Alexandra
Jun 16, 2015 Alexandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What did I just read? I can see why people say this series of books lost quality as they go on, but I thought they meant further along. I didn't realise they meant ""book 4". I wasn't that keen on the third book.

In this book, we have plotholes, continuity errors and a whole lot of retcons. And I think Dorothy had a lobotomy sometime between this book and the last.

And the less I say about the blatant sexism, the better. I'm not sure if I'll read the next one ever, but I know if I do, it's going
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Riana
Nov 18, 2014 Riana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christina
I didn't find myself enjoying Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz as much as the previous 3 books. This book seemed much more violent - slicing mangaboos in half, getting chased by invisible ferocious bears, burning wooden gargoyle's wings, the list is quite extensive. Dorothy finds herself, her cousin Zeb and his horse Jim falling into a crack caused by an earthquake. The entire book was a mad escape from the vicious creatures that live beneath the Earth. The new characters were interesting but I miss ...more
Tatuu
Predictable but still a fun read.
Grace
This Oz book features several magical lands in addition to Oz, all of which were creative and entertaining. While I like episodic adventure stories, I also like a story with an antagonist. The antagonist in this tale would be the adventures themselves, I suppose, and all of the things that kept happening to prevent Dorothy and company from returning home. There wasn't really much of a climax to the story - they simply make their way to Oz, hang out for a while, and then Ozma sends them home with ...more
Katie
Jun 13, 2014 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Patrick Sprunger
Oct 14, 2013 Patrick Sprunger rated it it was ok  ·  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
Anna
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
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Shane Perry
Wow. Where to start? This book is not very good. For starters, there is barely any semblance of a plot. Sure, you have Dorothy, the Wizard, and yet another strange cast of characters stuck in a strange land, but it is more just a catalogue of what weird things Baum could come up with than an actual story. Dorothy once again has a magical secret that could have saved their lives AT ANY TIME, but waits to use it until everyone is about to die. Aside from the Wizard and throwaway character Zeb, Dor ...more
Lucy
Edit: I had originally given this book a 2.5, but I dropped it down to a 1.5. My overall enjoyment of the book is about 1.5, but I had given it one extra star solely for Dorothy being in the book (I really like Dorothy and so far I've enjoyed the books with her in them a lot more than the ones without). But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn't really like Dorothy in this book. She's just there for the sake of being there. She doesn't really do anything. Hopefully she goes ba ...more
Scott
Dec 09, 2015 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
This is the 4th book in the Oz series and the one that reunites the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy. It's a short one and the main plot (there's an earthquake, they fall into a pit, captured by vegetable people, escape) ends about 2/3 through the book. This leaves the last 1/3 of the book as hello and good-bye to old friends.

The pacing was all off on this book hence the 3 star rating but I did enjoy it - the usual great world and great characters.
Virginia
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
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Holli
I'm not even sure what to say about this book. It's not at all as good as the first one and kind of useless other than to show another part of Oz and another group of characters Dorothy travels with that prove to be cruel to one another and previous characters. Inconsistent from the last one and really kind of a disappointment.
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This is the fourth book in Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” series of fantastical children’s adventure books.
We’re not in Kansas anymore! The book starts with Dorothy visiting California with Uncle Henry, when an earthquake opens a passage to another land. Dorothy, her kitten Eureka (Toto is nowhere to be found in this book), and her new friend Zeb fall through the crack along with the horse Jim and the buggy, eventually alighting in the Land of the Mangaboos (a people who grow like vegetables). There the
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Runa
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Christine Blachford
Poor Dorothy is so very unlucky when it comes to nature's big events - a tornado, a storm at sea and now an earthquake, all of which see her ultimately end up back in Oz. This time, she goes via some very odd lands, and meets plenty of new friends along the way.

I liked the book, but I don't think it's as strong as some of the others in the series so far. A particular highlight was when the two horses met and faced off, real horse versus saw horse. It was nice to have the wizard back again, consi
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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)
  • The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
  • 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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“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.” 4 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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