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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz #4)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  6,953 ratings  ·  346 reviews
"Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is the fourth book set in the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill. It was published on June 18, 1908 and reunites Dorothy with the humbug Wizard from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This is one of only two of the original forty Oz books (the other being The Emerald City of Oz) to be illustrated with watercolor pain ...more
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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If you happen to know Dorothy Gale, let me advise you to stay away from her. The girl attracts natural disasters like she’s some sort of magnet. This time, it’s an earthquake. Dorothy and her cousin Zeb are traveling on a wagon in California when it strikes. Down they go into a big crack in the earth and keep falling until they land in a city made of glass buildings. There are several clues that they have entered a fairy realm: Zeb’s horse (Jim) and Dorothy’s kitten (Eureka) can suddenly talk, t ...more
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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
Predictable but still a fun read.
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
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
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
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

Un'altra brillante avventura. Dorothy, Zeb, Eureka e altri personaggi si ritrovano insieme in posti assurdi con popolazioni incredibilmente particolari. Si arriva a Oz un po' troppo tardi per i miei gusti (e desiderei rileggere un'avventura dove ci sono solo i quattro personaggi iniziali) ma è comunque una piacevolissima lettura.

Another brilliant adventure. Dorothy, Zeb, Eureka and other characters are thrown into absurd countries populated by incredibly peculiar people. They reach Oz a l
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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
No nonsensical fairy tale is complete without a trip to the hollowed out center of the earth, so that is just where Dorothy goes in this volume. Vegetable people, gargoyles, and dragonlings, oh my! Oz proves that a humbug with his head on is just as useful as a real wizard in a pinch, while Dorothy's cousin and more talking farm animals round out the party.

It is interesting that this book can be so very American - Dorothy once again stands up and proclaims that having been born on a farm in Kan
I have just finished the fourth book in my 1400 page Oz compilation and so far this is probably the weakest entry I have read in the series, at least in my opinion. When I read Oz I pictured a place where almost anything is possible and I hoped the series would get better after Ozma Of Oz, which is the best in the series but at this point it feels like Baum wanted to write about other fantasy countries while answering his fan mail at the same time, and this book screams that was what he was doin ...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
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
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also wrote under the name Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers

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)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1) Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3) The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2) The Road to Oz (Oz, #5) The Emerald City of Oz (Oz, #6)

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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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