The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
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The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz #2)

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Few fantasy lands have captured our hearts and imaginations as has the marvelous land of Oz. For over four generations, children and adults alike have reveled in the magical adventures of its beloved folk. Now, for the first time in over seventy years, the second book about Oz is presented here in the same deluxe format as the rare first edition, complete with all 16 of th...more
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Jason Koivu
A straw king? Transgender issues addressed? What in the heck's a wogglebug? Heaven knows what's going on here, but I like it!

Strange though it may sound, I preferred this sequel over the first book in L. Frank Baum's Oz series, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, from which most of Dorothy's famous story was drawn from to create the fantastic film The Wizard of Oz.

I'm beginning to think my reaction to the first book may have been prejudiced! You see, having only known the land of Oz from the movie, I wa...more
Michael Alexander
Aug 12, 2007 Michael Alexander rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children's book fans, LOONIES
So. Much. Weirder. Both than your memory of this stuff, and even than the first Oz book. You've got the Scarecrow set up, "brains" and all having gone to his head, as King Fool of Emerald City, you've got an antifeminist caricature (not that i mind it when it's so transparent, even for a kid in this modern era) taking over Oz and making the men do housework, you've got the Tin Man fallen into vanity and obsessed with nickel-plating himself, you've got sudden gender-switching, a roly-poly that sp...more
Cecilia
This book is slightly ridiculous. It’s hard to evaluate The Marvelous Land of Oz for what it is - a children’s book and a sequel (a sequel to a great example of the genre at that) rather than just a book. But it’s a goofy, daffy book. It’s weirdly pro-women (in a way) for 1904 - everyone who makes anything happen is a woman (Jinjur, Mombi, Glinda) and the men all kind of fall into good luck and the fruits of the women’s labor. At the same time, the women who aren’t named Glinda are consistently...more
Mark
This is the second volume of this series that I read on my holiday back in June. A lovely first of this specific edition of the book. Charming line drawings and coloured illustrations by Biro accompanied by a whole series of characters both old and new made it a pleasant enough drift back into the frankly odd-ball Land of Oz.

It is once again a series of loosely knit adventures of the Tin-Man and the Scarecrow though here joined by a little farmboy called Tip, also a creature made from sticks and...more
Jonathan

Before I discovered that there was a girl named Dorothy with a dog called Toto I discovered the land of Oz. I never understood as a child the rules of series. That you 'had' to read the previous books before reading the second or third books. This was due to my age at the time (things seem rather muddled as a 7 year old when you have a voracious appetite for reading) and the fact that I had the tendency to grab whatever was on my bookshelf.

As far as stepping into the world of Oz went, this was...more
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
Richard
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It had some very interesting touches which, to my mind, made it more modern than perhaps it was intended to be.

For instance, the whole role reversal thing which takes place in the Emerald City. Another example was the Woggle Bug--easily my favourite character, and anyone who knows me well and has read the book can guess why! And please note that this appearance of this gigantic sentient insect predates that of Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis by more...more
Lindsey
I adored this book! Which was a bit of a shock to me, since I enjoyed the Oz books all right when I was younger, but I was bothered by the inconsistencies from one book to the next--I had that kind of mind even then.

I saw the entire set for Kindle for a ridiculously low price, and I said, "Hey, they're classics. I'll probably read them again." And then I was away from home with no book, which is like being away from home without clothes on, for me, and there was my Kindle in my purse, and I'd re...more
Wendell Adams
Never having read any of the Wizard of Oz books, I have to say I was surprised by how humorous this book was. I won't go so far as to say it was laugh out loud funny, but it had lots and lots of puns and humorous lines. That in itself made my kids and I enjoy reading the book together, but as for just me, my favorite part was seeing the Tin Man and Scarecrow again: the scenes of their bumbling around brought back many good memories of watching the Wizard of Oz movie as a child. So if you enjoye...more
Chloe
As a little girl I did a lot of reading. As a grown woman I still do a lot of reading, but without the sense of strident purpose that would envelop me whenever I was able to return from the library with stacks of books piled high in my arms. These days I read for the same reason most people keep breathing, because it simply would just never occur to them to do otherwise, but when I was a kid I read with the desperate urgency of a drowning sailor trying to reach a lifeboat. Getting to the end of...more
Sarah
I think I was able to love this sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz more because I wasn't comparing it to my favorite movie of all time, which uses a very different voice to tell the same story. There is however a movie loosely based on this and other Oz books called Return to Oz, starring a very young Fairuza Balk as a Dorothy longing to return to the magical land of Oz. It's really fun and a little strange, and although it may not stick strictly to the facts of the books, it captures the feel...more
Diana
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Tyler
I liked this book. In this sequel to THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, the boy Tip, who has been living with an old witch for all his life, goes on a journey to the Edmerald City to escape the cruel woman's turning him into a statue. With him goes Pumpkinhead, a doll of Tip's creation brought to life by the which, and saw-horse, a saw-horse brought to life by the witch's potion stolen by Tip. They meet the scarecrow and the tinman on their journey...the main plot, however, involves an army of young g...more
Rhys
I read the first in Baum's series of 14 'Oz' books last year, namely the most famous title in the sequence The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and I didn't much like it... The ideas were good, the scenes and situations were fine, but somehow the story didn't hold together. It rambled and seemed totally random. However, there was enough invention to encourage me to read the second volume in the series...

And I'm glad I did. The Marvelous Land of Oz is much better than the book it's a sequel to. The structu...more
Amanda Gayle Reed
Wow! I never realized what a forward-thinker L. Frank Baum was for his age. Writing in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, some of the characters and themes of this book are pretty profound: An army of women who lead a revolt on the Emerald City with knotting needles, forcing the men into the roles of child rearers and homemakers, thus opening male eyes to the amount if labor required to be a woman in their society; Glinda the Good andher army of highly disciplined women; and a boy who...more
Alison
While this wasn't as wonderful as the first Oz book, it still earned 4 stars from me for its awesome female characters - and the Saw-Horse, with his surly, hilarious ways. Forget the annoying Jack Pumpkinhead and H.M. Woggle-Bug, T.E; this book gives us General Jinjur, and no book with this personage in it can ever be wrong. We also get more Glinda, Mombi, and even little Tip - well, I won't give it away, but basically, this book is about how women rock, and along with all the Oz-ian silliness a...more
Tatuu
The Oz series is proving to be an excellent read and I will recommend it to everyone, both young and old. L. Frank Baum writes so well and I'll definitely grab the rest of his books.
Frank
After The Wizard of Oz I decide to give L. Frank Baum a second chance, to see if it was a case of a completely better alternate version harmed the first book.

While that maybe the fact, I honestly believe The Marvelous Land of Oz is actually just a good book, where as The Wizard of Oz
In the original book, the three archtypes ("stupid" scarecrow, "heartless" tin man, and "cowardly" lion) each exhibited a strong strength of that ability that they believe is lacking. And this of course foreshadowed...more
Jen
This book was just fun. Nothing else to say about it.
Rachel
This is a story about a boy named Tip living in the land of Oz with a horrible witch, Mombi. After Mombi threatens to turn tip into a statue for trying to scare her with a scarecrow (or attempted scarecrow...) which she then brings to life, Tip decides to runaway, taking Jack Pumpkinhead with him and thus begins their adventure.

This book, like "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," is an outrageous story, filled with complete randomness!

All of L. Frank Baum's books are good for some fun light reading a...more
Ashley Ferguson
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Having read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz earlier this year, I knew I had to continue the journey through the magical land of Oz with this next book. It took me a while to get back into it, but it was definitely worth the time and the read.

Having never read any of the Oz books, I had no idea what to expect when Dorothy's story ends in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Would we have an entirely new cast of characters? Would we see the Scarecrow or Nic...more
Jim

Few fantasy lands have captured our hearts and imaginations as has the marvelous land of Oz. For over four generations, children and adults alike have reveled in the magical adventures of its beloved folk. Now, for the first time in over seventy years, the second book about Oz is presented here in the same deluxe format as the rare first edition, complete with all 16 of the original John R. Neill color plates, its colorful pictorial binding, and the many black-and-white illustrations that bring

...more
Jeff Stockett
I enjoyed this book. It has a very similar feel to the first book. It consists of an unlikely band of friends travelling to and fro in the land of Oz and having various adventures and mishaps.

I was surprised to find that Dorothy does not appear anywhere in this book. But we do get to see our old friends the Tin Woodman (who is now randomly named Nick Chopper) and the Scarecrow.

I think the thing I enjoy most about these books is the dialogue. The stories are whimsical and unlikely, but the chara...more
Tom
Book two of Baum's Oz books is a fairly nice continuation of the original. It has the same silly logic and kid-friendly plots, plus it introduced longstanding Oz characters Jack Pumpkinhead, the Sawhorse, Mombi the witch, Princess Ozma, the pompous Woggle-Bug, and the Gump, along with giving the Wizard a darker side unseen before. I think I even remember a video version from when I was a kid on cable.

That said, this one may be more dated than the previous one due to the Army of Revolt led by Gen...more
Melody Violine
The Marvelous Land of Oz adalah sekuel novel anak-anak klasik, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Semula L. Frank Baum sang empu cerita tidak berniat menulis sekuelnya. Namun, surat keseribu dari penggemar datang dan beliau pun memenuhi permintaan mereka. Maka terbitlah The Marvelous Land of Oz kali pertama pada tahun 1904 dan versi terjemahan bahasa Indonesia-nya diterbitkan oleh Atria tahun ini.

Sama-sama berlatar di negeri khayalan bernama Oz, tokoh utama novel ini adalah anak laki-laki bernama Tip....more
Chris Holliman
Plot: Let’s get one thing out of the way: Dorothy is not in this one. Our story opens in the Country of the Gillikins, the northern land of Oz, and follows a boy name Tip as he escapes from his cruel master, the witch Mombi. Before leaving, Tip steals some magic powder which he uses to animate a pumpkinhead man that he has made. Their plan is to travel to the Emerald City to meet the Scarecrow, who is now the ruler of that place. Along the way, they animate a saw horse and ride him to the City....more
Mimi
Pumpkinheads, Saw-horses and Woggle-Bugs, Oh My! The second of L. Frank Baum’s Oz series, this story is set during the post-Wizard regime and introduces a whole new group of unique characters as well as some old favorites who have a whole new quest to pursue. Such fun traveling once again with the Scarecrow & the Tin Woodman, as well as Tip, Jack the Pumpkinhead, the Saw Horse and H.M Woggle Bug, T.E. as they restore the rightful ruler of Oz to the throne.

Fantasy accompanied by words of wisd...more
Laura
A few issues with gender and with some sexism... overall, it was the same feel as the first book, kind of a quest/mission for the group to complete, but with many new characters. Some of which were jerks. The Saw Horse was a jerk, especially to Jack. Poor Jack, he was an anxious fellow but most people treated him pretty badly and he was called stupid countless times. The Woggle-Bug was very annoying, but I loved everyone's reaction to his puns. They were scandalized, haha. Like, it disgusted the...more
Graham Tapper
What a brilliant children's book. I hadn't realised there were so many others apart from The Wizard of Oz. Apparently Baum received so many letters from children after the first book that he eventually set about writing more, and this is the second in the series. So now I'm setting about catching up with my childhood.



Dorothy does not appear in this tale. This is all about a young boy named Tip, who escapes from the witch Mombi with a tub of powder that brings things to life and a scarecrow with...more
Kelly
I haven't decided yet if i think this book is (a) a really bad satire, written during a time before women's suffrage truely compelled baum, or (b) a really brilliant satire, written during a time when women's suffrage truely compelled baum...

now i will have to read more about the actual person, who l. frank baum was and what he stood for...

some things i am thinking so far:
- certainly not the best writer, not on par with lewis carroll, for example
- but definately a good story teller
- a lot brilli...more
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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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“As they passed the rows of houses they saw through the open doors that men were sweeping and dusting and washing dishes, while the women sat around in groups, gossiping and laughing.

What has happened?' the Scarecrow asked a sad-looking man with a bushy beard, who wore an apron and was wheeling a baby carriage along the sidewalk.

Why, we've had a revolution, your Majesty -- as you ought to know very well,' replied the man; 'and since you went away the women have been running things to suit themselves. I'm glad you have decided to come back and restore order, for doing housework and minding the children is wearing out the strength of every man in the Emerald City.'

Hm!' said the Scarecrow, thoughtfully. 'If it is such hard work as you say, how did the women manage it so easily?'

I really do not know,' replied the man, with a deep sigh. 'Perhaps the women are made of cast-iron.”
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“That proves you are unusual,' returned the Scarecrow; 'and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.” 398 likes
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