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The Tin Woodman of Oz (Oz #12)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  3,295 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Dorothy tries to rescue the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow from the giantess who has changed them into a tin owl and a teddy bear and is using them for playthings.
Mass Market Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 12th 1984 by Del Rey Books, U.S. (first published May 13th 1918)
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Collin Bost
Sep 18, 2007 Collin Bost rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like talking decapitated heads
Don't get me wrong: the 1939 version of Wizard of Oz is, excepting the flying monkeys, one hundred minutes of unadulterated Technicolor joy. But if you're familiar with Return to Oz, you'll have an idea of how bizarre and playfully bent Oz can become. The key word is playful. In Return to Oz, the weirdness gets a little dark, but in the original books, Baum never forgets to have fun, even when his plots take morbid twists. You should probably start with the first two Oz books, but then I suggest ...more
Been awhile since I had read one of these. They are so much the same that reading them one after another is kind of a little annoying. And yet this one left me interested in reading the next one immediately. As usual it was a travelogue visiting odd new characters. But at least there was a relatively interesting and reasonable mission. Definitely worth reading aloud to children and one of the better books but still only bubblegum at best. 3.5 of 5.
Drew Jameson
In the original book of the Wizard of Oz it's explained that the tin woodman was once a normal woodman who fell in love with a girl named Nimee Amee who worked for the wicked witch of the west. To stop him from stealing her servant, the witch enchanted his axe so that, every time he used it, it would cut off one of his limbs. When he accidentally cut off his arm, he had a tinsmith replace it with a tin arm. This continued until he cut off every part of his body, including his head, and had it re ...more

Years ago I read the L. Frank Baum Oz books. I jumped around a lot, reading the initial ten, and a few of the Ruth Plumly Thompson ones as well. I somehow never got around to reading the last three of Baum’s, a mistake I am hereby rectifying. The twelfth book in the series, The Tin Woodman of Oz, is a great, refreshing treat, albeit a warped and twisted one, but only in the height of Oz-ian fashion.

Nick Chopper, The Tin Woodman, is reigning in the West country of the Winkies. He grows nostalgic
This was not my favorite Oz book, but it was nice returning to the magical, wonderful Land of Oz once again, where no one ages, few die, and anything is possible. This was the third of L. Frank Baum's Oz series that I have read (with my son); the other two were the first, "The Wizard of Oz," and Book 3, "Ozma of Oz." While there may be merits to reading the books chronologically, my experiences have been that you can pick up any book in the series without feeling lost in the world of Baum's crea ...more
So, if you've seen my other Oz series reviews you already know that I don't mince words, and this review won't be any different. This installment in the Oz series picks up a pretty significant dropped thread from earlier in the saga: Nick Chopper, a.k.a. the Tin Woodsman, jilted a Munchkin girl. Yes, it's true. Allegedly he jilted her because of his enchantment-induced heartlessness. The trouble with this is that as readers, we're all entirely aware of the little bit of dramatic irony that the b ...more
Steve Shilstone
Grab your favorite stuffed animal, settle into bed, and imagine Grampa Frank telling you all about Woot the Wanderer and Polychrome, the Rainbow's daughter, and The Tin Woodman and The Tin Soldier and The Scarecrow and how they went about searching for the young Munchkin woman, Nimmee Amee.
Benjamin Thomas
I'm nearing the end of the original Oz series by L. Frank Baum now and I was glad to see that he returned to a a story from the very first book in order to fill in a missing piece of the puzzle. We know from way back at the beginning that Nick Chopper, aka the Tin Woodman, was to marry his munchkin girlfriend before being turned from a "meat" body into his nice shiny tin body. But whatever happened to that girl?

This novel covers the adventurous journey to determine her fate. As usual, we follow
We all know the story of how an ordinary woods man came to be made of tin due to the love of a young lady, an evil witch and an cursed ax, but what ever happened to the lady?

When young Woot the wanderer asks that question the TIn man and scarecrow decided to find out.
Along the way they are sidetracked by a snooty giant, a magic spell, a damsel in distress, a new friend and a straw eating dragon.

Lots of great fantasy bits, humor and a very funny ending. One of the best of the Oz books.
Book 12 starts out with a problematic premise: The Tin Woodman remembers his days as Nick Chopper, and remembers the fiancee he abandoned after becoming tin--and heartless. Now that the wizard has given him a heart--albeit one capable of great kindness but not love--the Tin Man realizes that it was wrong of him to leave his bride-to-be alone. Doesn't he owe it to her to return and marry her to make her happy?

Yeah. Because what every woman wants is a husband who married her out of duty.

The adven
Julia Brumfield
This is probably one of the worst books and I had been looking forward to this since the very beginning book where it had mentioned the Tin Woodman wanting a heart as well as that he had a love. And of course Baum kept us waiting and waiting and waiting until this moment.

The adventures were slighting interesting and didn't as much border as copying on some of the others, which was a relief. And of course the main cast of characters were there but the personalities of the majority of them had g
Christine Blachford
At this point in the Oz series, it feels as though we've actually hit a new stride in fresh ideas. Rather than repeating the "disaster leads to journey" formula that has served so well in the past, Baum digs into the history of the characters for a new adventure. This time, we're journeying with the Tin Woodman in search of the bride he left behind.

Of course there are plenty of oddities and imaginative chapters along the way, but I thought this was a far more philosophical book than others. The
The series has its ups and downs but I guess I always like those books best that are kind of original but still fit into the well-known setting. I thought this one was a little slow sometimes but it was nevertheless a good read. It's great to see how accused I grew to the randomness of the stories.
perhaps 3.5 stars? This might be the best of the bunch since the original. The tin man decides to go on a journey to rediscover the sweetheart he left behind when he was a meat man.

Along the way are a lot of the silly little strange stories that I've come to expect from an Oz story. Like I keep saying, it reminds me of a story told impromptu to a small child.

I really liked Captain Fyter. That was an interesting plot. Of course Captain Fyter brought on the extremely strange Chopfyt. That my frie
I loved the concept for this story. I loved how it tied into one of the original concepts in the first story, and how it had a decidedly more adult slant toward the end of the book.
Alas, I fear Baum is relapsing into the frivolous vignettes category again. There were a few of them in this book that had me scratching my head. I very much appreciate his devoting a book, though, to the story of whatever happened to the Munchkin girl that the Tin Woodman was supposed to marry, since that was the whole reason he wanted a heart in the first book. Whether or not the ending was satisfactory, I'll leave up to each reader. It certainly did take a twist I did not expect.

My only othe
One of the best books, if only for being absolutely grotesque. The Tin Woodman's origin story is fleshed out in the weirdest ways possible. He finds his original head in a cabinet and argues with it. It is revealed that his long lost fiancee became engaged to another man, who ALSO got mangled and turned into a tin cyborg. Both mens' original flesh-and-blood body parts were then glued together into a single body that then gained a life of its own, walked off, and ultimately married the woman the ...more
A visitor to the Nickel-Plated Emperor on hearing the story of how he a rusted tin woodman was discovered by Dorothy asks a most important question - what happened to his love? The whole reason Nick Chopper's ax was enchanted by the Wicked Witch of the East and replacing all of his parts with tin was to prevent his carrying off a pretty Munchkin girl. Having a kind heart instead of a loving heart, the Tin Woodman has not sought out Nimmie Ammee until reminded of his promise to come back to her. ...more
Besides the Lion, the Tin Woodsman is my other favorite male character from the Oz series. So reading the book was a lot of fun. I liked the fact this book had a little sadder tone then the others. This is not a spoiler, but we already know from the first book before the Tin Woodsman was made of tin hes was a man named Nick Chopper who was cursed by the Wicked Witch of the East. She curse his ax to chop hi up into pieces. Each time he was chopped up, he went to a tinsmith to get a new body part. ...more
Victoria (SevenLeagueBooks)
Another day, another Oz story. This one was nice because its protagonists were mainly familiar characters, and it was interesting to get to know them a little better. It was also interesting that Ozma and Dorothy played such minor roles in the overall plot of the story. There was a greater sense of danger in this story than in some of the others, since the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, Woot the Wanderer and Polychrome faced some fairly severe magical trials. The end of the story, so far as it conc ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Shoshana rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only die-hard Oz fans
By far the worst yet.

For one thing, if Woot the Wanderer had really been wandering around Oz, how is it possible that he doesn't know about Dorothy or any Ozian history at all? Come freaking on.

For another thing, what is this kind heart vs. loving heart business? I guarantee you, the Tin Woodman does not ask specifically for a "heart that was both kind and loving" as opposed to one or the other way back in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I know Baum changes the past sometimes to suit his new ideas,
Another installment in the Oz series. I liked getting more back story on dear Nick Chopper, though I still haven't really figured out the timeline of events between the two dismemberments, courtships, intended weddings, rustings, and the witch's death. And I don't really get Nimmie Amee. Two tin men promise to marry her, don't show up on time, and she doesn't think to scour the forest for their rusted selves? It's not that big a forest, after all. Anyway, as is often the case, the sweethearts of ...more
A new character, Woot the Wanderer is introduced, and he presents himself to the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow. While in conversation he poses a query to the Tin Man: "Why did he never go back to his true love Nimmie Amee? Surely she must miss him!" That sparks the adventure back to the Munchkin country to reunite the Tin Woodman with his true love, even though his heart is not in it. If she will have his hand in marriage he will make her the Empress of the Winkies.

There are some interesting twi
Michael Tildsley
3.5 Stars

Baum goes a little darker here with an unexpected update to the back-story of Nick Chopper, the Tin Woodman of Oz. While I can appreciate that sometimes the rules have to be bent a little in sequels to make them necessarily or relevant, it did feel like a bit of a cheat that the Tin Woodman's heart from the Wizard in the first book was not a heart capable of romantic love, only compassion. In Baum's defense, it's got to be pretty hard to come up with dilemmas for these characters to sol
J.J. Lair
This was one of the best of the series. We get the back story of the Tin Man, which we got in another book, but a reminder didn’t hurt. This was a sort of love story about the Tin Man. It’s funny.
We find out that there are more Tin Men in Oz and they didn’t know each other. One tool and dye maker was able to make more tin men after accidents befell them.
I wasn’t sure how I felt about the idea that the Tin Man would go back for Ninny Ammie out of kindness owed to her. It almost seemed like love

Before Dorothy came to the land of Oz, the Tin Man was know as Nick Woodchopper and was engaged to a munchkin girl named Nimmie Amme. Unfortunately the wicked witch of the East had her for a servant and did not want her going away to get married. When Woot the Wonder comes to the Winkie Country, where the Tin Woodman is ruling, we find out about his past and how he became made of tin went before he had been a flesh and blood woodchopper.

The three (including the Scarecrow) of them set out to
This was only the second book in the series that I read ("The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" being the first)and it is apparently something like number 12 in the series. This didn't detract from enjoying it though. I enjoyed it very much but I don't consider this a really good book.

You learn about the tin man's life before he was rusted in the woods and found by Dorothy. He and the scarecrow go on some other strange adventures that have very traditional fairytale roots and results. There's nothing dis
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
Stephanie Ricker
Sam gave me an exquisite copy of The Tin Woodman of Oz for my birthday, which called for an immediate reread of the story. The twelfth Oz book, it was the last to be published before his death in 1919 (the two remaining stories were published posthumously). All of the Oz books kind of blend together for me since I read them all together many years ago, so this was almost like reading it for the first time. The book follows the Tin Woodman, obviously, on his adventures with the Scarecrow and Woot ...more
Tyrannosaurus regina
While it suffers from the same problem that most of the Oz books do—which is that the adventures they have along the way amount to nothing—I quite liked this one relative to the rest. Especially the resolution of the love triangle, in which the Tin Woodman and the Tin Soldier think their lost love must choose between them, and when they do find her she looks at them in bewilderment and tells them no thanks, actually, that was ages ago and I've got someone else now.
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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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“If you desire it," promised the Tin Woodman, leaning back in his tin throne and crossing his tin legs. "I haven't related my history in a long while, because everyone here knows it nearly as well as I do. But you, being a stranger, are no doubt curious to learn how I became so beautiful and prosperous, so I will recite for your benefit my strange adventures.” 0 likes
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