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Glinda of Oz (Oz #14)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  4,125 ratings  ·  120 reviews
Peace, prosperity, and happiness are the rule in the marvelous Land of Oz, but in a faraway corner of this magical domain dwell two tribes--the Flatheads and the Skeezers--who have declared war on each other. Determined to keep her subjects from fighting, the Ruler of Oz, Princess Ozma, along with her dearest friend, Princess Dorothy Gale (formerly of Kansas), embarks on a ...more
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published May 3rd 2000 by Books of Wonder (first published 1920)
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Mar 18, 2012 Shoshana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
(4.5, but for Oz's sake I'll err up instead of down.)

I've read reviews that suggest that Glinda of Oz is the darkest, possibly because Baum knew he was dying at that point. I don't actually see explicit darkness, but I do think that there is an element of fear in this one that there isn't in the rest, that things might not actually turn out right. Of course, as an adult, it is clear to me that they're going to figure it out, but I remember as a kid liking Glinda of Oz less even while knowing tha
I haven’t read an Oz book since my Children’s Literature class back in my early college days. The Wizard of Oz really came to life when I realized that within that well-known children’s story was a political statement on bimetallism (ie. “getting off the gold standard”). Okay, I know that Baum denied it but, come on, silver slippers and yellow brick road—emerald city (ie. greenbacks)! If it wasn’t deliberately written to advocate bimetallism, it’s one of the happiest coincidences in literature. ...more
Good and readable and interesting, but not anything all that special. It would definitely be worth reading aloud. Not sure that the series had enough of a trajectory for me, considering this was Baum's last book. He never ran out of good ideas though. And this one is a bit less of a travelogue. 3.5 of 5.
I think this will be my last ever visit to Oz. Three stars because it was one of my favorites as a child, but I had to grit my teeth to get through it reading it aloud to my son. We had a library copy of the Books of Wonder edition, and one nice thing was seeing the full color plates, which my childhood copy lacked.
Benjamin Thomas
This final book of the Oz series by L. Fran Baum is often categorized as the “darkest” of the original Oz books but I really didn’t find it so. I did see at as a little more complex than most of the others but the fact that the author knew he was dying at the time he wrote it doesn’t contribute to any darkness as far as I can see.

In essence, this novel is like most of the others in the series. Several main characters including Dorothy and Ozma, set out to a remote area of Oz because they have fo
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. 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
This book features Ozma in full diplomatic peacekeeper mode as she embarks on a mission to negotiate between two warring factions in hopes of putting an end to their war and restoring peace to that corner of Oz. Up until now, there have been mentions here and there about her responsibilities in this area, but in practice, we don't really get to see her that hands-on of a ruler. Though she supposedly can see everything in her Magic Picture, she tends to miss a heck of a lot, and often only interv ...more
And 14 marks the end of L. Frank Baum's run on Oz books. What a fantastic journey, so full of adventure and so fun. This final tale begins with Dorthy and Ozma traveling to the far reaches of the Giliken country to the land of the flatheads and skeezers. There a war is brewing between two societies who have never heard of Ozma's rule. To stave this war, bring peace, and tame the use of magic, Ozma and Dorthy fly to the rescue, and are summarily dismissed and captures by the wicked rules bent on ...more
Jennifer Zartman
I read most of the Oz books as a girl and loved them, and now as an adult and author I enjoy Baum's world building skills and the interesting plots he creates with his fantastic characters. I liked the trek around the invisible wall and the magical steps up to the flathead village, and I loved the domed city with its telescoping bridges and the ability to submerge. The wacky conversation between Ervic and the Yookoohoo sparkles with wit, and Baum posed an interesting magical problem for Glinda t ...more
Julia Brumfield
This was actually a somewhat interesting book for Baum since he again changed the style of his writing in this book. In all the other books Dorothy can seem like a rotten brat who is full of herself, a bully at times and just a very mature character with all the crazy adventures she ends up - mostly indirectly, sometimes directly. And in this book she is once more relegated to being a child with childish issues and for once her peers are actually concerned about her getting in danger while in t ...more
Christine Blachford
There's definitely a darker tone in this final book of the original Oz series. With an imminent war about to breakout, Princess Ozma goes to intervene and finds herself trapped, in a situation where her magic just won't help. It's up to the rest of the gang (and pretty much all of the previous characters were revisited here), to come along and save her, with inspiration coming from an unlikely direction.

It was actually quite a good story, although there were a few too many morals in there for my

"If every one could wave a wand and have his wants fulfilled there would be little to wish for. There would be no eager striving to obtain the difficult, for nothing would then be difficult and the pleasure of earning something longed for, and only to be secured by hard work and careful thought, would be utterly lost."

Mi aspettavo qualcosa di diverso dall'ultimo libro, ma non per questo ne sono rimasta delusa. La storia mi è piaciuta moltissimo e la trama è stata costruita in modo intel
Elisabeth Hosmer
Glinda of Oz has Ozma and Dorothy on an adventure to a remote corner of Oz, where the Flatheads and Skeezers are approaching war. The Flatheads are ruled by a dictator, Su-dic, who controls his people with an iron fist and the Skeezers are ruled by an evil witch, Coo-eh-oh. Legend has it that the Flatheads were once ruled by Three Adepts who were transformed by Coo-eh-oh into three metal fishes and cast into the lake surrounding the Skeezer island. Dorothy and Ozma find themselves in need of hel ...more
Rebecca Timberlake
In the final installment of the Oz Series, we get to see Glinda and Ozma in action in a way we don't typically see them. We also get Scraps, Dorothy, Uncle Henry and the rest shining in new ways, which adds something interesting to moments that would otherwise be boring. This story isn't anything special compared to other books in the series, and characters make decisions and speeches that are predictable (it's a children's book, so what more can we really expect?), but it's still a fitting end ...more
While visiting Glinda the Good Dorothy and Ozma learn that two people, the Flatheads and the Skeezers, are about to go to war with each other. Not wanting this to happen Ozma and Dorothy set out to make peace with the two nations. Along the way Dorothy learns some more about how magic works, and that everyone who can use magic has their limits. They have some adventures and mishaps along the way, but thanks to their friends and the good hearts of Oz's inhabitants everything manages to work

Well, that’s the last of the Oz books, at least, the last of the L. Frank Baum ones (Ruth Plumly Thompson‘s are largely out of print). But it also knocks a blue book off of my list. Squee.

(And I got hit with lots of good ARCs this week, so I need the headway.)

In the final Baum Oz book, Glinda of Oz, two regions of Oz are waging war against one another. Dorothy sets off with Ozma to stop the battles between the Skeezers and the Flatheads before they destroy one another.

This was Baum’s final book,
Michael Tildsley
I have a few things to say about this last Baum Oz book besides my usual, "This was really good," and "Can't believe it's almost 100 years old," and "Suck on that, Sponge Bob!"

I feel like everyone has been looking in the wrong place for Baum's political and social commentary. Everyone I know of points to the original novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as this commentary. I believe that they arrived 13 books too soon to the party.

To start off with, people tend to say that this book is "darker" th
Will Waller
It's over! It's over! The foray into children's lit and specifically the world of Oz is over for me! It's been a strange journey, but one that I've ultimately enjoyed. Reading all of the Baum books on Oz have given me a greater appreciation for one of the major voices in American Fantasy writing and the development of a genre in America. Bravo Mr. Baum...well, if bravos could reach across the lost cold grave.

This book was the best, hands down. It had a thick(ish) plot, the characters were in vas
IT WAS STUPENDOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Carlie rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Maybe it is just knowing it is the last book but for some reason I never really enjoy the last book in a series. The Hunger Games is an exception. I knew this was the last book and I had some preconceived ideas about it. It was a really good book though and it makes me sad to think there are no more oz books. I love these books primarily because they are pure imagination. They are not like Alice in Wonderland which is pure nonsense. These stories make sense and they are so full of imagination. T ...more
One of the travesties of the 1939 Wizard of Oz film and the play Wicked is that they created an image of Glinda the Good Witch as a fluffy headed, bubble traveling giggler. Nothing could be further from her character in the original Oz books, in which she is a wise and powerful sorceress, charged with protecting the people of Oz and their princess Ozma. In this, the last book in the series, Dorothy accidentally discovers a war brewing between 2 tribes in a remote part of the land. Ozma, dedicate ...more
Joshua Gross
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Thats such a pretty cover isn’t it. Too bad I don’t own that particular cover. But anyways. This book. Its the final one in the Oz series, remember there are 14 over all. I’ve read three. Not even in order. This is about Glinda, the good. She is great.

Ozma of Oz, who rules all, finds out that there is going to be a war between the flatheads and the skeezers. Ozma has never heard nor seen of these countries in oz. But as she rules the land, she feels it is her duty to prevent the war and make eve
S. W.
Glinda of Oz is about a war between the skeezers and the flatheads, two peoples that the land of Oz knows little about because they are isolated. The flatheads have flat heads with brains at their side in cans that can be stolen, given away, or lost. The final moral/ark is that Glinda decides the flatheads need more then peace to be happy, they have to have 'normal' heads with brains under their skulls like everyone else... She makes them 'normal and pretty' and then tells them they must be rena ...more
This is the last book written by Mr. Baum. Various stories were released after his death and other writers carried on the Oz series but Frank was sick when he wrote this and might have guessed it was his last work. It is characteristic of his other work which is all of a high quality and very imaginative. I imagine the war of the Flatheads and the Skeezers in the book is reflective of current events of the times (1920) but being nearly a hundred years old I don't make all the connections that mi ...more
Sheela Word
2.5 stars. This was absurdly fun, with some memorable bits (I loved the flatheads, who carry their brains around in cans).

But as a novel, it's not very good. Dorothy and the saintly Ozma, who was much more interesting before she changed genders, go to a remote region of Oz to settle a quarrel and end up in peril. Glinda, and assorted misfits from earlier books, go to their rescue. The cast of characters is so large that nobody really matters, and there's nothing much at stake here anyway.
I may have had a little bit of a different perspective in reading this book, because it was Frank Baum's last book that he wrote before he died, and he knew when writing it that it would be his last book. I find that moving, and it sheds light about why he used the characters he did and why the story unfolded the way it did. It was not a very outstanding story in its own right, but as the end of an era, I give it a sentimental thumbs up.
Tyrannosaurus regina
So this is it, then. The last Oz book. In the end, I'm glad it came down to Dorothy and Ozma and Glinda, up against genuine peril and actually dealing with the difficulty in ruling and asserting authority when you aren't physically present (a fairly sophisticated political theme). While I might not have been enchanted, it did have everything I've always loved about Oz.
J.J. Lair
I don't know if this was intended to be the last book, but it's a good ending. Many past characters show up, some like Uncle Henry had been out for a few books. This is another book that starts strong and drags a little in the middle. Ozma and Dorothy go out into the land and get held captive. I really like the fish storyline and the two people's fighting storyline. I liked that even in this short book, there is really a lot that goes wrong for the heroes. Just when Scarecrow thinks he can save ...more
An interesting installment to the Oz world. The conflict with the Skeezers and Flathead was interesting and imaginative. I noticed that the structure of this book and the way it was written was very different than usual, probably because the publishers wrote it based on Baum's notes. It seemed more adult and matured, not to say that it was written better or anything.

I also noticed that this mature way of writing brought a lot more inconsistencies than usual in the magical world of Oz. Ozma, Glin
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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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