The Emerald City of Oz
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
read book* *Different edition

The Emerald City of Oz (Oz #6)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  5,533 ratings  ·  184 reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 192 pages
Published August 18th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1910)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Emily
I liked The Emerald City of Oz a bit better than the last two. There was still an element of characters taking a trip just so Mr. Baum can show off all the other ideas he has for interesting creatures (Look! These ones are living jigsaw puzzles! And over here we have animated flatware! And these people can't stop talking!) but on the whole there was more plot than we've seen for a few books.

First of all, there was some actual evil in the form of the Nome King and his General Guph. And there was...more
Shoshana
Feb 08, 2012 Shoshana rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fun!
Even though this book is mainly just Dorothy and friends wandering around Oz while the Nome King builds an army and a tunnel and no one does anything about it, I actually really like it a lot. I enjoy discovering the Flutterbudgets and Utensils and Bunburyans and Bunnyburyans and especially the Fuddles and Cuttenclips, not to mention the Whimsies. Oh, the Whimsies. They "had large, strong bodies, but heads so small that they were no bigger than door-knobs. Of course, such tiny heads could not co...more
Dustin Reade
This is the first Oz book I have read, and I liked it. A lot. Actually, I would almost say I loved it. Sure, there were quite a few parts that dragged on a bit, and it was obvious Old L. Baum was making up most of it as he went along, but that didn't really bother me. After all, it is young adult fantasy written for children who are all over the age of one-hundred by now.
The ending though, was too much. Too quick. There was absolutely no foreshadowing at all. Solutions to problems were proposed...more
Lori Anderson
My son is six and we've been reading all the Oz books. They've done wonders for his reading comprehension and for his ability to just sit still and let me read three chapters at a time and have him actually understand and remember night to night what happened!

This book is where L. Frank Baum finally seems to get tired of writing about Oz and Dorothy and tidies everything up and says goodbye. Yet there are more books. We haven't picked up the next one yet (but will tonight) so I'm not sure what t...more
Jennifer
A pretty disjointed book--it's sixth in the series, and Baum is clearly getting pretty tired of writing whimsical things, but hasn't yet resigned himself to it as in the later books. In fact, this one ends with Baum announcing there will be no more Oz books...a promise that probably lasted all of months, as Oz readers were quite demanding.

This book has some fascinating subtexts about alliances between untrustworthy people, as a variety of horrible nations set up a complicated set of alliances to...more
Julia Brumfield
So far out of my undertaking of the Oz series this was one that I was interested in seeing how the story turns out as it was the original ending for Baum. This was definitely somewhat better than a few of the other pre-dominate Oz books while having an actual plot but again like all the other books there is no actual true life ending - just be sweet, good and naturally beautiful to beat any of your enemies.

There were a few other fairy-worlds that were included in Oz that no one would have ima...more
Michael Alexander
Wow! Baum totally woke himself up out of the daze he'd been in for a couple of books and comes up with an awesome set of villains, some real sense of _stakes_ (not since "Ozma" had he really gone for that), this great country mouse/city mouse stuff with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry IN OZ, and even a cool quasi-ending to the series...though of course we know that wouldn't last.
Michael Blackmore
I can't say adding Dorothy's Aunt and Uncle as residents to Oz added anything to the story other than letting Dorothy now stay in Oz. On the plus side we have an actual central conflict where a coalition of villains plan to destroy Oz which adds a sense of tension. However, that is undermined by the heroes not even being aware of it until the end. Only to accept it as hopefully and then have the whole thing solved in the last couple of chapters. It does seem this volume would have been an organi...more
Kazriko
Another book in which the author is tired of writing a series of books, and tries to write himself into a corner where there is no way to write more books. There's more than 6 oz books though, so obviously he is cajoled into writing more and finding a way to undo his final ending.

Other than that, a typical Oz book. A random journey around visiting strange groups, but not spending enough time with any of them to have a really fleshed out story. The oddity this time is that it's actually two diff...more
Leo
This book was alright. Some parts go off the deep end with eye-rolling puns. I like a good pun now and then, but give me a break. Some of the peoples the character meet seem to be there just so Baum can puntificate on the myriad of puns available in utensia and bunville.
rastronomicals
Something is made of the fact that in Emerald City for the first time Baum uses dual plots. But the first of the plots--where Dorothy and Aunt Em and the rest tour Oz--really isn't one, and the second goes away through the middle of the book, and gets solved almost trivially at the end of it.

The evil dudes that Guph were well-drawn and convincing; you can't really say that about the nice folks that Dorothy and her crew meet. Bunnybury, in particular, seemed obviously recycled from the Foxville o...more
Victoria (SevenLeagueBooks)
In the author's note at the beginning, L. Frank Baum thanks his young correspondents for their input into this book, and indeed, the whole story seems designed to provide enjoyment to children. The author seems to have a great deal of fun creating chapter after chapter of puns (especially the court scene in Utensia, and revisiting characters old and new. This was, in all ways, a fairly charming addition to the series. I really liked how at the beginning of the story, the chapters detailing the p...more
Mitchell
I'd slowed down reading Oz. Each book was worse than the previous one. And this one I first checked out from the library, months ago, renewing it 18 times without reading it. So it was with great surprise that when I finally picked it up to read it I found it not bad.

Actually some of the writing was quite clever and witty with even a bit of satire. And a plot. And good guys and bad guys.

Sure it was still a travelogue of silly ideas that others eventually covered - shrinking girls, dancing spoons...more
Meg McGregor
This is one of L. Frank Baum's best written of the OZ stories. Dorothy brings Aunt Em and Uncle Henry to OZ and they go around the fairy country and introduce the readers to many different characters not seen before.

I also liked that there was a second plot where the Nome King wants to invade OZ, destroy the country, and imprison all the creatures living there.

The reason I didn't give it five stars was I was able to guess the ending about 2/3 of the way through.

But I still enjoyed the book and r...more
Myles
I want Ozma to fail. For completely different reasons of course than the Nomes, the Whimsies, the Growleywogs, and the Phanfasms, but the end result is about the same.

The Oz books started to get better with The Emerald City, but my crabby grown-uptitude about continuity and plot and something meaty beneath the flash and sparkle of fairyland gets the better of me each time I read this. Because, of course, even the first Oz book was episodic in nature, every chapter leading to a new land of bizarr...more
Will Waller
This was according to the author to be the last of the Oz books because after it was told, Glinda cast a spell that put Oz completely off the map and away from any meddling by the “Historian” Baum himself. Funny how two straight years of low sales on other fantasy stories would have Baum reaching across the void and reaching Oz, by a wireless telegraph, with yet another book. A little ca-ching helps us do just about everything, eh Baum?

Well that’s another story, and this review is about the las...more
Elinor  Loredan
I absolutely love the beginning, with Dorothy, Uncle Henry, and Aunt Em going to OZ and the Nome King's general marching off to find allies to help overcome the Emerald City. The dual plot of sightseeing and war preparations is a nice contrast. From the middle of the story on, though, I start to grow weary of the different creatures Dorothy and co. encounter--the bread folk, the utensils I could easily do without, and I'm not overly fond of the rabbits, either. That being said, each episode has...more
Michelle
Continuing in the Oz series (while I wait for Ozma of Oz to become available at the library, I reached The Emerald City of Oz. This is both the most exciting and the most boring book of the series I've read to date. On the one hand, Dorothy, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry, and Toto move to Oz because their farm is going to be repossessed by the bank, and Ozma sends them on a tour of the different places in Oz, which is kind of predictable. On the other hand, the Nome King decides to enact his revenge on D...more
J.J. Lair
This time Dorothy is able to bring Uncle Henry and Aunt Em to Oz. They aren't used to a world like Oz and they don't know how to accept such a wonderful place.
King Ev returns and he wants his magic belt back. He's ready to destroy Oz to get it. The generals that don't succeed in this quest are thrown in the garbage. This time it's up to General Guph to take charge and try to enlist allies.
The fun part of the book is when Dorothy takes a trip with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em through Oz. She meets pap...more
Ryan
I suspect I am too old to be charmed and/or enchanted by most of the Oz books. They go downhill after the first one. After this one, I am more intrigued by Baum and by the United States of this decade because the description of the Land of Oz in this book makes it sound an awful lot like a really amazing commune - maybe what Marx and Engels were going for. Everyone works for the common good and shares the fruits of their labor - if you are on a journey and need a place to stay, simply stop at a...more
D M
after struggling through volumes #4 and #5 in the Oz series i did not have much hope for 'the emerald city.' however, i'm five in and it's not like the kids are gonna let me stop reading these. (wake up girls) i figured it to be another mediocre book that would shed little new light on the Oz World. i read and plowed through it, still clinging to the notion that there's something redeeming in the book and/or in children's literature as a whole. anything within the Oz universe that the girls woul...more
Therese
$0.0

When Dorothy has visited the land of Oz, she has come home and told Uncle Henry and Aunt Em about her adventures, but needless to say they have been doubtful. Unfortunately Uncle Henry has fallen on hard times and is about ready to lose his farm so they finally break the news to Dorothy. She gets the idea that perhaps it is finally time for them to live in Oz, something she has always wanted to do, but always came home because she knew Uncle Henry and Aunt Em would miss her too much if she n...more
Melani
Ah yes, the Nome King gets angry and tries to invade OZ (with three of his most dangerous buddies), but all is saved by dues ex machina. This is the closest OZ ever came to any real danger and also one of the better plotlines Baum ever had. Interspersed with that plot is the one where Dorothy and her Aunt and Uncle, having moved permanently to OZ, travel around OZ exploring all the wonders of that fairyland. I think the wonders of OZ are nicely played against the dangerous background. The altern...more
Anna
Baum has made a comeback with "The Emerald City of Oz!" This was an amazing novel with everything you should expect from great literature.

Dorothy and her aunt and uncle decide to live in Oz due to financial problems in Kansas. Meanwhile, the Nome King from "Ozma of Oz" decides to enact revenge on all of Oz by invading their land.

The buildup up this wonderful plotline was incredible - I loved how Baum switched from chapter to chapter, first showing a chapter of the Nomes, then a chapter of our he...more
Cheryl
This opens with a beautiful touch of realism and genuine threat. Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are going to lose their Kansas farm; it was so expensive rebuilding after Dorothy’s tornado carried away the house that they had to get a mortgage and now can’t pay off the debts. This problem is, of course, swiftly solved by the entire family decamping to Oz. I do love that in the books, unlike the movie, not only was Oz NOT a dream, eventually Aunt Em and Uncle Henry move there to stay too.

After the family...more
Eleanor Toland
"The Emerald City of Oz" was intended to be the final of the Oz sequels, though Baum's legion of young fans would later pressure him into the writing of another seven books. The book therefore has the epic sweep of a concluding volume, and ties up many loose ends. For instance, Dorothy's poor Uncle and Aunt, who have believed their niece dead and gone into mourning on no less than three occasions, are now allowed to join her in Oz and remain there as a family forever (with little Toto, of course...more
Shane Perry
This is easily the best Oz book since "The Marvelous Land of Oz." Not only does most of this book take place in the land of Oz (finally), but it is also the first book in a while that actually had a plot. It was such a relief to see Baum abandon his catalogue of strange worlds that made up the flimsy "plots" he gave the previous two books in this series. While there is a bit of that here, and it does derail the plot quite a bit, there is still enough great stuff here that those sins can easily b...more
Roselyn - bookmarkedpages
The Emerald City of Oz continues to be a highly imaginative and fun story. This time, we are taken on a tour of the land, meeting old friends as well as new ones. With a more complex plot, tons of suspense and humour, this novel didn’t hold anything back.

After every Oz novel I think that Baum must have exhausted his imagination, but time and time again I am proven wrong. I don’t know how he does it, but each story is packed with creatures that are unique, and have their own societal structure. T...more
Rugg Ruggedo
So far it's been a lot of fun re-reading this series,in order, for the first time in around twenty years.There has been a lot of things I didnt really remember and a few that I remembered differently.
This is the book that Dorothy comes to live in Oz permanently. Along with her come Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. There arrival,of course, calls for a big party, where all the Oz celebrities will gather to welcome them.
Mean while the Knome King has decided it was time for him to take back his Magic Belt....more
Smelleykins
I love the Oz series, even if I’m not reading them in order. I think every story can stand alone, once you know the background to ‘Wizard of Oz’. The one thing I love about these, is how L. Frank Baum, manages to create a magical world, where pretty much anything you can think of comes true. It really shows the wonder of a good imagination.

Of course there is a mixture of reality in there, especially in todays world, Aunt Em and Uncle Harry are set to loose their Kansas farm, if they don’t pay th...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Kabumpo in Oz (Oz, #16)
  • A Kidnapped Santa Claus
  • The Story of the Amulet (Five Children, #3)
  • Oz: Ozma of Oz (Marvel Classics)
  • Knight's Castle (Tales of Magic, #2)
  • The Bat-Poet
  • Dangerous Games
  • The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume 3 (Large Print Edition)
  • The Light Princess and Other Fairy Stories
  • Winter Door (The Gateway Trilogy, #2)
  • The Sleeping Beauty
  • The Basilisk’s Lair (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, #2)
  • Mary Poppins Opens the Door (Mary Poppins, #3)
  • The Brown Fairy Book
  • The Adventures of Reddy Fox
  • Fog Magic
3242
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
More about L. Frank Baum...
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) Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)

Share This Book

“To be angry once in a while is really good fun, because it makes others so miserable. But to be angry morning, noon and night, as I am, grows monotonous and prevents my gaining any other pleasure in life.” 22 likes
“In this world in which we live simplicity and kindness are the only magic wands that work wonders” 7 likes
More quotes…