Glinda of Oz (Oz, #14)
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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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Shoshana
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...more
Johnny
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
Emily
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.
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...more
Danns
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
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
Krys

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,...more
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...more
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...more
Thomas
IT WAS STUPENDOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more
Carlie
Jul 27, 2013 Carlie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: oz
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
Lesley
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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Smelleykins
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...more
Susan
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
Atman88
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
Eric
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
Rrain
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
Anna
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...more
Therese
Jan 11, 2014 Therese rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who are enchanted by the land of Oz
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Since the land of Oz covers so much territory ground, Ozma, its ruler, often doesn't know everything that is going on in her domain. So one day when Dorothy and Ozma were visiting Glinda the sorceress, Dorothy noted in The Book of Records that the Flatheads were planning war with the Skeezers. War was not allowed in the land of Oz since Ozma wanted everyone to be happy and get along, so these were her subjects even though until then unknown to her, she and Dorothy set off to make the peace.

O...more
Victoria (SevenLeagueBooks)
This way actually my favourite Oz book, for a number of reasons. First, I was really happy to see Glinda at work in this tale. She's always touted as being a powerful Sorceress, but her magic is rarely put to use (except for the Magic Book). I also enjoyed the side-plot with Ervic and Reera the Red, two new characters whose interactions expanded upon the existing Oz mythology of the Yookoohoos, some of the more interesting workers of magic in Oz. As with the other books, the reader knows, of cou...more
Nicole Luiken
I loved this one as a child and read it over and over. it didn't quite hold up to my memories upon reread, but was still pretty good. The Flatheads, Queen Coo-ee-oh and the Magical Isle that can be lowered to sit on the bottom of the lake were all wonderfully original.
Richard
This is the last installment of the Oz books written by Baum. There are dozens of Oz books written by others, including the recent Wicked. I am sorry that Baum did not live to write more books because the last few book in the series showed that Baum reached a maturity in writing that was a pleasure to read.

Besides being introduced to so many wonderful characters in an environment that is relatively safe but not without cause for dramatic tension, the thing I enjoyed most about reading all of Bau...more
Shani
Jun 10, 2012 Shani rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Holy crap! It has a plot, and people have to WORK TOGETHER to solve a problem. I liked this one, even with some glaring inconsistencies, because it shows that Glinda/Ozma can't just wave a wand to fix any old problem. I think it's a little ludicrous that we have to load up about 15-20 people to ride to the other end of the country every time someone sneezes, so it was nice to see Dorothy and Ozma going off together for a bit. Lots of character growth for Ozma, and for the first time since Mombi,...more
A.G. Lindsay
This is the only book of Baum's Oz series that I recalled reading from childhood. I don't remember how many of the others I read, but the submerged village and it's dome I definitely remember.

Other things I appreciated this time around were the fact that most the "good guys" worked together to resolve the problems and that the "bad guys" had understandable motives (if simplistic...it *is* a kid's book!) I also enjoyed the fact that the female characters were different from each other, and just a...more
Graham Tapper
And so we reach the end of the marathon: the final Oz book written by L Frank Baum. It's been a hugely enjoyable experience, if just 60 years or so too late!

Glinda lives up to the very high standard set by Baum in the previous 16 Oz stories and is, once again, a tale of overcoming the bad intentions of those for whom the use of magic will always be a means to oppress and control others.

All our usual friends are involved and some new characters are introduced along the way. As you would expect, a...more
Indira
I downloaded this book for free on my ipad. Its about 112 pages in pdf format. Overall, a good, solid fairytale...a story compelling enough to make you want to continue, with a good lesson at the end. I'm actually shocked that this hasnt been made into a movie as yet because I can actually picture some of the special effects that would be used and I can imagine how visually compelling the movie would be.

I do find it funny though that while the Book is titled after Glinda, she doesnt do that much...more
Issa
One of the better Oz books, but I am kind of glad to leave Oz. I expected Baum's books to be more enjoyable than they were.
Liz
This is the second to last of Baum's Oz books, and it is less vivid and more morally motivated than his others.
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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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