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The Scarecrow Of Oz (Oz #9)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  3,337 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Cap'n Bill and Trot journey to Oz and, with the help of the Scarecrow, the former ruler of Oz, overthrow the villainous King Krewl of Jinxland. Cap'n Bill and Trot had previously appeared in two other novels by Baum, The Sea Fairies and Sky Island. Based in part upon the 1914 silent film, His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz. This was allegedly L. Frank Baum's personal favouri ...more
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Susan
I like to think of this as Baum's big crossover episode. Not having read a lot of Baum outside of the Oz books, I was a little thrown off by these two characters I was clearly supposed to know already (from Baum's Sea Fairies and Sky Island it turns out) but it's easy enough to recover. Both Trot and Cap'n Bill are hard not to like, and the change of pace is more than a little refreshing after all the sameness in the previous book. There is another shipwreck (of sorts) but it at least happens in ...more
Grace
This book had a bit of a different feel to it, even though it followed the basic Oz book outline (person from earth gets lost in some mysterious/natural disaster-related way, then has sundry adventures as they road-trip their way to the Emerald City).

The two main characters - Trot and Cap'n Bill - appeared in a non-Oz book of Baum's, which I have not read. There are references to that story, but this story is stand-alone enough so that you're not lost if you haven't read the characters' other s
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Shoshana
Feb 22, 2012 Shoshana rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I'll start with the one flaw: Too much boring stuff at the end when the main plot thread is already resolved. Baum does this a lot. I forgive him in this book because it is just so good. It never used to be a favorite of mine, but now it might be my absolutely favorite of the 9 I've read in a row.

The opening chapters are among my favorite chapters Baum has ever written - when Trot and Cap'n Bill are hanging out waiting to sail. They are languid and warm and everything I want in a book sometimes.
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Mitchell
Another Oz book. Another set of new-ish characters (and just a few old ones) on a travelogue to Oz. Sure it's a formula but not done too badly here. The Ork's are a bit of a standout, basically a kind like a bird but with propellers. And there is an evil witch and berries that make you smaller and bigger. It actually read fairly pleasantly though clearly shows its age.
Morgan
I liked this one. It was better then the previous book because it wasn't as confusing. I liked Trot and Cap'n Bill. Didn't care much of the Ork. And there was a little slow part with Gloria and Pon. Other then that this was a good one.
Casey Anderson
Not my favorite but not terrible. Trot wasn't exceptionally likable. But I loved the Ork. I love learning about new lands and new parts of Oz, so that part was nice.
Julia Brumfield
This is said to have been one of Baum's favorite books within the series while I can see why as so much of the book wasn't Oz and what part of Oz there was didn't amount to much.

This was one of the books I really didn't like for the undertone of the book was bland and boring to me. Unlike his other books there wasn't really any fairy-worlds even though they were traveling a bunch while the few places they did make it to they didn't stay long enough for you to get a hold of what the place was l
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Christine Blachford
This next adventure in the Oz series seemed to go back to its roots. A couple of non-fairy folk are transported to the fairy land and have to go through heaps of adventures to find their way to safety (which invariably means back to the Emerald City).

I quite enjoyed this one, following the trials and tribulations along the way. Particularly Pessim, the eternally grumpy islander, and the forbidden love story at King Krewl's castle.

As I've been reading through this series, I've had a growing prob
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Joy
more like a 3.5, really.
the pacing was different from the previous 8 books. even the atmosphere felt different. a tiny bit more grown up.
less adventure, more saga.

favorite quotes:
*"....nobody can stay alive without getting into danger sometimes, and danger doesn't mean getting hurt, Cap'n; it only means we might get hurt. So I guess we'll have to take the risk."

*"Oh, does it rain lemonade here?" she inquired.
"Always; and it is very refreshing and healthful."

* "Why, it's popcorn?" she cried.
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Roselyn - bookmarkedpages
The ninth Oz story is a wonderful adventure spanning from the United States to Oz with many lands in between. While I love Oz, I enjoyed reading about the other fairy lands that coexist in our world, as it is yet another testament to Baum’s endless imagination and it keeps the plots from feeling stale and boring.

Of course, new characters are introduced and old ones return, but it’s definitely a plot driven story. The characters are trying to find their way home and need to defeat the evil King K
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Myles
Life is hard when you're a writer chock-full of creative ideas but the whiny jerks whose parents buy your books only want more of the same. Scarecrow of Oz starts off with a jolt with main characters Trot and Cap'n Bill just existing with barely a sketch of an introduction - Betsy Bobbin at least gave her mule some exposition about their homeless plight in Tik-Tok of OZ - but there is a sense that Baum expected readers to know who these two were, especially when it turns out they'd had adventure ...more
Joanna Gold
so far pretty good i like the ork but he's a little selfish and a little spoiled theres a part in the book when the girl asks what is an ork and he says "i am!" but it was funny.
Victoria (SevenLeagueBooks)
This book introduces two characters, Cap'n Bill and Trot, who first made an appearance in another of Baum's fantasy stories. Although their former adventures aren't really explained in this book, the implicit backstory added a bit of depth to the characters, something that was lacking in other characters introduced to the Oz series - Betsy Bobbin, for example. The dynamic between Trot and Cap'n Bill was quite sweet, and their adventures were fairly engaging. My main problem with this book was it ...more
Maki (the were-ma)
Scarecrow of Oz is only an "Oz" book by the loosest of definitions. Well, by my definition, anyway. It's much more of a Trot & Cap'n Bill book - those two are the main focus of the story. I mean, for being called "The Scarecrow of Oz", the Scarecrow doesn't even show up till the final act of the story. But, I guess Baum had to find a way to get around children clamoring for more Oz books somehow.

There are a few new locations added in this book, including an island where something called Pesi
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Danns
This is the second book I've read to my daughter in the OZ series this school year. While we both enjoyed it very much, she was disappointed by the way it ended. It was very nonchalant and just basically dropped off, but not unlike many of the other books: Welcome to Oz, let's have a party, happily ever after, etc.

Most of the books have the same formula: Somehow someone gets lost or blown to Oz, adventures ensue, welcome to the Emerald City, happily ever after. So I guess the meat of it is not
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Elinor  Loredan
I enjoyed all the characters, adventures, and magic in this one. I find Cap'n Bill to be as lovable as the classic Oz characters like the Scarecrow and Woodman, with his simple yet wise, encouraging or funny comments, and his straightforwardness. Generally I liked Trot, but I wanted to kick her when she was snobby and cruel to Pon, calling his "just a gardener's boy" (the Scarecrow was snobby toward him once, too), though he is actually a prince, and one's status doesn't determine value. I don't ...more
Eric
Jun 03, 2012 Eric rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, adults, parents
Recommended to Eric by: self
Baum's "The Scarecrow of Oz" sees two of his creations from another book finding their way to the land of oz. I personally had never been introduced to these other characters as I have never read the other book. This fact does not take away from the joy of reading this book though. In many ways it can add to it because after you are finished if you desire you can find another adventure containing them.

This book, out of all the oz books I have read to date, is probably my favorite of the series
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Allison
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Anna
This Oz story was a good adventure. Though I did not enjoy it as much as "The Emerald City of Oz" or "The Road to Oz," it was enjoyable to find that this Oz book did not exactly follow the same guidelines as the previous books.

I LOVED the random appearance of the gopher when Button-Bright was lost and how it told him not to step on his home or babies. But Button-Bright was very different in this book than in the first one he appeared. He used to be so stupid, and now he is indifferent and rather
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Joshua Blanc
By the ninth Oz book, the land of Oz has quite run out of wicked characters; the troublesome Nome King having been dealt with in the previous story. What to do? Why, invent an outlying region called Jinxland, of course, which is separated from Oz by a mountain range and deep chasm. Here rules a monarch by the name of King Krewl, who, being so far removed from Princess Ozma’s benevolent influence sees fit to live up to his name.

Two charming characters are drawn into an adventure through a whirlpo
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Lydia Presley
I'm a bit confused about the name of this book. While the story in The Scarecrow of Oz was interesting (and Jynxland, what a horrible place to visit!), there was actually very little of the Scarecrow contained within this book. While he does come off as a bit of a hero, most of the book centers around Cap'n Bill and Trot. With a dash of Button Bright and some new characters, the adventure was fun, filled with the puns and strange creatures I've come to expect. The only thing I'm not enjoying as ...more
Amanda
If you subscribe to the Librivox podcast, you get random books downloaded to your ipod. I finally decided to try The Scarecrow of Oz since I enjoyed reading The Wizard of Oz back in the day.

I didn't realize this was the 9th book in the Oz series so it probably wasn't the best place to start however, this was a really great book! I forgot how whimsical and fantastic Baum's stories are and this brought it all back. Sometimes it's really a good thing to be 30+ and to read a story of your childhood
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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
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Rebecca Timberlake
I think this is my least favorite in the series. It has little to do with the Scarecrow, which was upsetting since I really like that character, and was looking forward to a tale all about him. Another problem is that it's a crossover with another series Baum wrote, and it pretty much revolves around the characters of Trot and Cap'n Bill, who I have no knowledge of since I haven't read their series (yet). I'm hoping that if I read those books it will help me to appreciate this one a bit more, bu ...more
Michelle
The Scarecrow of Oz installment follows Trot and her friend Cap'n Bill as they are sucked into a whirlpool, and come out in a dark underground cavern. Once again, Baum borrows from his other books to bring the practical peg-legged Cap'n Bill and bright Trot into Oz.

He also introduces the Ork, a bird-cum-whirligig that befriends the two humans, and they find Button Bright, who as usual is lost. The Ork helps them escape the caverns, and travel into the land of Mo (another Baum creation borrowed f
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Tyrannosaurus regina
I vividly remember the first time I read this book, because it was the first Oz book I ever read other than the first and as soon as I opened it up and started reading I was like "WTF? Who are these people?" (Only probably not literally WTF because I was still in single digits at the time.) Having read them in sequence now I'm a little less WTF, but still: Oz doesn't even show up until halfway through the book, and plays a very small role overall. At least there is a plot with rising action & ...more
Joni
Not much to say about this book. More of the same. I did like the Ork, but Button Bright again? Ugh. I quite disliked that in this book Baum made reference to things that happened in his other books that he wrote when he was trying to escape writing Oz books - apparently several characters from this book appeared in one of those.
Ds
Better than the last two, still not quite there.
Starting the book with two characters I didn't know really threw me off at first the characters were likable and I was interested in their fate.

But I've enjoyed the adventures this time, especially the beginning, but I'm so bored by all the characters (minus the villains) being all good and extra polite and kind. I need some spice.
Megarose
Most of this book has nothing to do with the Scarecrow OR Oz, but is good nonetheless. The new characters are great, and Button Bright finally starts to get some personality. The primary accomplishment this book achieves is to make me want to read the other books about Capn Bill and Trot.
Therese
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Trot and Cap'n Bill have appeared in other works by the author, but I didn't have to read them fully appreciate this story. They are sucked from the ocean off of California into a strange and magical land but don't see anyone. They soon come across interesting characters, and Button-Bright is another one of them and Trot knows him. After a long journey (you see, they landed outside of Oz) they finally reach Jinxland where they have to overcome a wicked king and an evil which. Even though the
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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 14 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)
  • Rinkitink in Oz (Oz, #10)
  • The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz, #11)
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