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The Tin Woodman of Oz (Oz #12)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  3,862 Ratings  ·  130 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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Mar 14, 2016 Evgeny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The story of Tin Woodman was told in the first book, right after we got to meet him initially. To remind you about his origin, he was a normal human being who fell in love with a girl working (slavering would be a better word) for a Wicked Witch. The latter did not want to lose her maidservant so she used her magic ultimately creating Tin Woodman as a result. The guy was caught in the rain and rusted until Dorothy and Co. found him and oiled his joints. He went adventuring with them never lookin ...more
Collin Bost
Sep 18, 2007 Collin Bost rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Garrett Zecker
Doma Publishing's Wizard of Oz collection has taken me several years to read with my son at bedtime. It was interesting revisiting the texts that I read swiftly through my youth, as I was about his age when I read them and remembered little beyond some of the characters that don't appear in any of the books. I picked up a copy of this version since, for 99c, I could have the complete series along with "All the original artwork by the great illustrator W.W. Denslow (over 1,000 classic illustratio ...more
May 10, 2013 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
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
Sep 12, 2013 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
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
May 31, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, oz
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.
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.
Steve Shilstone
Oct 25, 2015 Steve Shilstone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 09, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
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.
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
Kristen Darienzo
"To learn is simple."

A Tin Woodman love story! Super cute adventure searching for the Tin Woodman's sweetheart.
Mar 01, 2012 Shoshana rated it it was ok  ·  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,
Cadi Weaver
Mar 09, 2017 Cadi Weaver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it! The Tin Woodman's twin is pretty awesome. An amusing quest for the pair's old love interest.
Tony Laplume
May 06, 2016 Tony Laplume rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tin Woodman was the last of the series written by L. Frank Baum published during his lifetime, and it's about as fitting a would-be swan song as there could have been, especially as the series has been immortalized in the Hollywood favorite Wizard of Oz. Because this is the one where Nick Chopper meets himself.

Famously, comic book writer Alan Moore made his name writing Swamp Thing and coming up with the unexpected twist that the monster was not actually Alec Holland, but a monster who was only
Jul 13, 2016 Ylva rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: children-s-lit
It seems that Mr. Baum's memory wasn't too good, and it would have been wise of him to read his own books every once in a while before writing a new Oz book. The first three Oz books ("The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," "The Marvelous Land of Oz," and "Ozma of Oz") are great reads, but ever since the fourth book, Mr. Baum not only wrote boring stories, but also got several major plot points from his earlier books completely wrong when referring to them in his newer books. (I won't even go to smaller d ...more
John Winterson
Jun 09, 2016 John Winterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rereading a book remembered vaguely from childhood gives a fresh insight into its literary craftsmanship. One not only appreciates the book itself at a higher level but it also becomes clear that ‘children’s’ writers in general deserve more respect.

First and foremost, the best of them – Baum, Lewis, Blyton, Rowling – can teach more ‘serious’ writers a thing or two about pacing. A ruthlessly Darwinian process is at work as young readers have no patience for self-indulgent prose.

Young readers also
Jan 19, 2017 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting & intriguing. It differs from many other Oz adventures in that it is earlier in the story when Ozma & Dorothy intervene after watching the events unfold in the magic mirror. That was unexpected. Also, the title character, the Tin Woodsman, is featured throughout the story. In the stories featuring Tik-Tok & Scarecrow, the title characters don't appear until later in the story.

During the time they are captured by the giantess, Mrs Yoop, she tells them they will be stuck in
Dec 24, 2016 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Benjamin Thomas
Sep 15, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, classic
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
Jun 08, 2013 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
J.J. Lair
Dec 03, 2013 J.J. Lair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephanie Ricker
2017: Reread this aloud with my husband and forgot how incredibly unsettling the premise of this story would be if it took place anywhere other than Oz.

2014: 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 man
Oct 22, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
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
Meh. Also, has anyone but me have to finally look up tin to see if it actually rusts? It doesn't, by the way. I really found this one kind of dull and boring. I don't like how Nick Chopper set off to find and marry his lost love out of obligation, rather than out of love. It's just short of cruel to me. The kindest thing would have been to see that she was happy and do what he could to improve her life if she weren't. Not put her through the sad fate of being tied to someone who just married her ...more
Nov 09, 2011 Danns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Oz (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
  • Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)
  • The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
  • The Emerald City of Oz (Oz #6)
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz, #7)
  • Tik-Tok of Oz (Oz, #8)
  • The Scarecrow of Oz (Oz, #9)
  • Rinkitink in Oz (Oz, #10)

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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.” 2 likes
“A beautiful girl is much superior to a little yellow bird, and a boy—such as I was—far better than a Green Monkey.” 0 likes
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