Little Wizard Stories Of Oz (Oz #7.5)
Two great beasts, a lion and a tiger, shared guard duties at the throne of beloved Queen Ozma.
"You have enough to eat, I'm sure!" said the Cowardly Lion.
"Enough, perhaps -- but not the kind of food I long for," answered the Hungry Tiger. "What I'm hungry for is fat babies. I have a great desire to eat a few fat babies. Then, perhaps, the people of Oz would fear me and I'd...more
Ha, you knew I was just kidding.
No, actually, Baum was always adamant in saying that he wrote for all ages. But Little Wizard (and maybe Magical Monarch) are oddballs in the canon in that they were specially written for children. These are as a result I think fairly unvivid snippets, with no puns, no real conflict, no new places, no new characters. The best of these six short tales was probably the one about Dorothy and the evil giant she thought she found, but its Very Speci...more
could you read them before or after 'the patchwork girl?' (yes) or at the end of the entire Baum-end of the series, as i've seen some reviewers comment about? (sure) i...more
This book is obviously intended for the younger Oz reader. And I think that is fine.
But it is too watered down. I am really surprised that Baum would "dumb down" any type of story for his readers.
The story I really liked was The Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger. I always suspected both these two of just being old softies and I was right all along.
Do keep in mind, though, that my son is only three. I think that die-hard Oz fans who are familia...more
Funny how Baum fails to keep consistency in his magic in Oz. In here, Toto can't talk, but in later Oz books, he can.
I think I really liked Dorothy and Toto's story best in this collection, even though Jack Pumpkinhead is my favou...more
I'm being generous in giving this book 3 stars because I really wanted to give it 2.5. These are very short stories about some of the interesting characters who inhabit the land of Oz, but there isn't much substance to them and I found them rather silly in stead of intriguing as I have found the original ones.
My major complaint with the Oz books is standard through all of them--Baum only generally paid attention to his previous writing, so there are some noticeable discrepancies.