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Tik-Tok of Oz (Oz #8)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,136 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews

Last in the series of Baum's captivating "Oz" books,withthe Queen of Oogaboo's attempt to conquer the world, the Shaggy Man's search for his lost brother, Tik-Tok's efforts to help, the battle with the Nome King, Polychrome's pitiful plight, and other escapades. 93 black-and-white illustrations by famed Oz illustrator John R. Neill.
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published January 1st 1914)
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Mr. Baum, Mr. Baum, Mr. Baum. Really?? Don't you remember that Shaggy and Polychrome met each other and traveled together three books ago? Or that the Love Magnet doesn't need to be seen to work? And why on earth did you change the Nome King's name from Roquat to Ruggedo? Even my 9-year-old remembered that Ozma had told him his name after he drank from the Waters of Oblivion before she sent him back home through the tunnel. If Ozma has the Nome King's Magic Belt, she doesn't need the Wizard to t ...more
Anne Langston
I don't know, but as I read this, I wondered whether this book was originally a non Oz book that was reworked to be fit into the Oz series. There are some glaring inconsistencies--for instance, Polychrome and the Shaggy Man not only met in Road to Oz but spent most of the book in each other's company, yet neither seems to know the other in this book, the Love Magnet works differently than in Road to Oz, and for a land that's been cut off, it's remarkably easy for the inhabitants of Oz to get out ...more
Jun 08, 2011 Alena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Best part of this story, written in 1914, was when Ozma called the Shaggy Man on a "wireless telephone", a device invented by the Wizard that allowed them to converse with perfect ease without a wire connection. Yes, the Wizard invented cellphones. Crazy!!
Feb 22, 2012 Shoshana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people
This is actually one of my favorites, but it only gets four (or 4.5?) stars for a few reasons. One of them is the recurring gendered nature of styles of foolishness. I am referring to Ann Soforth choosing to conscript the men of Oogaboo into an army and conquer the world, much the same way Jellia Jamb conscripted an army of girls to conquer the Emerald City back in The Land of Oz, their motivations being they are tired of housework. Which could be a feminist kind of thing, except it's not. They' ...more
Oct 27, 2007 Mareklamo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, sff
Even roses can be misogynists.
For a while this was going well, new characters, a new adventure, but quickly there was more of the same. Journeys through distant lands of Oz, evil characters that are easily reformed, saccharine morals and a pointless ending when everything is so easily resolved.
Wils Cain
Dec 22, 2008 Wils Cain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It cracks me up how he really tries to wrap up every book as the last and then he introduces the next one by very nicely saying "the kids won't leave me be." I enjoyed all the new characters and finally someone from Kansas other than Dorothy being obnoxious. The story mostly revolves around all new characters with Dorothy thrown in at the end.
Kelsey Marie
This has been one of the biggest disappointments in the Oz series. The story is all over the place, Baum can't decide if the Nome King deserves redemption or not, and we have a character named "Ugly One."

There are two good things about this book. One, I finally figured out what it is that I don't like about Ozma. She's mean and she's a little dense. So, Ugly One is Shaggy Mans brother, and Shaggy has spent this never-ending book looking for him. Once Shaggy finds him, Ozma sends everyone back t
My favorite part of this book was when the Shaggy Man and Ozma talked to each other long distance using the Wizard's "wireless telephone" that he'd invented. I love it when fantasy and sci-fi predict the future. So Frank Baum actually invented the cell phone!

This was another good Oz story that actually had a clear antagonist (the oft-appearing Nome King, even though his first name was different in this book). There was also a main plot: a quest to rescue the Shaggy Man's brother from the Nome Ki
Nov 15, 2012 Kylie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a movie called Return to Oz and I've always wandered about Tik Tok until I worked up to his book in the series. This is a great book especially for reading to children going to bed.
May 06, 2012 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Recommended to Eric by: self
Baum continues to create a wonderful world that is fantastical in nature with this particular book. As we get further away from the book that was supposed to end it all (The Emerald City of Oz) we can see some of the joy returning to the writing of the series. He tells stories that entertain and he understands now that his audience wanted more of these stories. He seems to have a deeper respect for what he created with these books by this book than he has in the previous volume (The Patchwork Gi ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
really a 3.5. it was kind of dry but the ending was fun and I imagine if I were a child I would think it the most magical....

I enjoyed the book trees:
*"Then the books were picked and husked and were ready to read. If they were picked too soon, the stories were found to be confused and uninteresting and the spelling bad. However, if allowed to ripen perfectly, the stories were fine reading and the spelling and grammar excellent."

Baum's characters are always so polite:
* "I have made an engagement
Someone wants to invade and conquer Oz. This sounds awfully familiar to me. There are also several things changed from one book to this one. Mr. Baum, you should have kept a series bible in writing the Oz series. Or, re-read your stuff before writing this one.
Christine Blachford
I feel like this entry in the vast Oz series is slightly misnamed because it's more about the Shaggy Man and his quest to find his brother than it is about Tik-Tok. There are a few disparate stories here, with strands that come together in the end to provide the usual fun and games.

Queen Ann wants to take over the world, Betsy Bobbin is shipwrecked, the Shaggy Man is on a quest, and the nome king is up to his old tricks. I thought this wasn't as strong as some of the previous Oz books but it was
Mar 11, 2015 Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's the eighth book of the Oz series. None of the original characters are in this one, except in perhaps the last chapter or two at the happy ending. I like this story. It's more plot driven rather than a tour guide of yet another corner of Oz we hadn't seen yet, despite it's blatant inconsistencies from previous books.

I like Betsy Bobbin in this book. Probably my favorite of all the Oz girls, and Tik Tok is my favorite of all Oz characters. Since they're both in the story, that ups the ante
Lee Födi
Sep 21, 2014 Lee Födi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I teach creative writing to children and have used this book as an excellent model for the fantasy genre. It has all the great elements of a fantasy story—strange and enchanted happenings, magical creatures, faeries, and a wonderful quest.

Many of Baum's books are not so plot-driven; this, like "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" is an exception, and the story works marvelously. Fans of the Oz series will know that this book is a re-telling of "Ozma of Oz," but there are enough new characters, settings,
Aug 18, 2014 Joni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, classics, fiction
Well, this book was a little bit of a let-down after I so enjoyed The Patchwork Girl of Oz. It did have a plot line that followed the necessary elements of story, I just didn't like it very much. There was a little bit of repeating plot elements, which I suppose one is bound to do when creating such fantastic stories. (Like the way the Rose Princess is picked off the bush by outsiders in order to rule when someone else in control refuses to allow it? Sound like the Vegetable Kingdom in The Road ...more
Sep 14, 2007 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: adventure
This is my favorite Oz book. It's a story about a young girl named Betsy that gets washed overboard with her mule Hank and winds up in Oz. There she encounters a Rose Princess, the Gnome King, and the Rainbow's Daughter, and Tik-Tok himself, among others. It's also the story of Ann of Oogaboo, the Queen of the smallest kingdom in Oz, who sets out on a mission with an army of 13 officers in a bid to conquer the Emerald City. I mean, come on. The Wizard of Oz? Pshaw.
We liked this one a lot -- a fun adventure, and we got to see the Nome King again. But the Nome King has a new name (having forgotten his original name at the Fountain of Oblivion at the end of book whichever it was). Betsy and her donkey Hank arrive in the fairy land of Ev the same way Dorothy and Billina did (shipwreck), because there are only so many disasters to bring small children to magical worlds. Animals can talk in fairy lands, but Hank can't talk until he's in Oz, which defies some of ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Drew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars is a bit generous, but at least this entry in the series has a plot, which shows that Baum started putting a little more effort into the books after he supposedly closed off the series with The Emerald City of Oz.

His pattern for book titles still confounds. Tik-Tok is really just a supporting character in this book. He's actually got a larger role in Ozma Of Oz. Here he joins up with the characters along the way and really doesn't do much. The story could have been told without the t
This is one of the Oz books that I...keep forgetting entirely. Maybe it's that the cast isn't very compelling or memorable, and the plot is more disjointed than usual. I miss Dorothy and Ozma, so I might be a bit biased against Betsy Bobbin, I confess.
Meg McGregor
Sep 13, 2014 Meg McGregor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tik-Tok of Oz is a very fun read! Most of the action takes place outside of OZ in the Nome Kingdom. Ruggedo is up to his old tricks and Baum introduces several new characters to the reader. Among them are Trot, Shaggy Man's Brother, and Hank, the Mule.

There are several plots intertwining which I feel make the book much more pleasant to read and enjoy.

Yes, there are some inconsistencies as other reviewers has stated. The Love Magnet does work differently here. And Shaggy Man and Polychrome met in
Hmm. As much as I loved these books as a kid, I just can't get into them now as an adult. That's odd for me, as I still enjoy many other childhood books, so I'm not sure what is going on. I know I liked the first 6 books the most, which I recently read as graphic novel adaptations and loved, but I can't remember the later books at all. Perhaps I never liked those as a kid? That would explain why I'm having so much trouble reading them now, without nostalgia clouding my view.

So that being said,
The retcons. Oooooh, the retcons.

I wonder if Baum felt emotionally blackmailed into continuing on with the Oz series, because he really played fast and loose with the established story line of the previous Oz books. Reading his intros, it's obvious that he wanted to move on to other things, but the fan demand for more Oz books was a bit overwhelming.

Whatever the reasoning behind it, this book makes the endings of several previous books in the series either pointless, or just straight out pretend
Roselyn - bookmarkedpages
One of the more plot driven Oz books, Tik-Tok of Oz is in fact not about Oz, but other fairy lands. After hearing so much about Oz and seeing the same sights and characters, it was nice to experience other lands. There is not enough substance to Oz itself for it to be the setting of so many books, so by incorporating other lands, the series can extend a lot further. There is Oogaboo where all things grow on trees, the Rose Garden where the flowers are alive, and the kingdom of the Great Titi-Hoo ...more
With Tik-Tok I can cautiously believe that Baum had again become a little interested in his most famous creation. He is still recycling plots, forgetting what he wrote last year, and throwing in the odd reader-suggestion, but this felt like an actual adventure. The first one since Ozma! Ojo's journey in Patchwork Girl felt too episodic and meant nothing in the end.

A young woman sets out to expand her kingdom with an army consisting of a single private and a pack of lazy officers runs into the di
Tik-Tok of Oz doesn't fit comfortably into the rest of the series (not that, by book 8, the stories all fit nicely together). Editor Peter Glassman notes that Baum wanted to write a musical play based on Ozma of Oz, but had already sold the theatrical rights. As a workaround, the ever ambitious Baum basically re-wrote the story in play-form starring Betsy Bobbin and Queen Ann Soforth to replace Dorothy and Ozma.

Later, the play got re-worked into Tik-Tok of Oz. Like all of the Oz books, this one
Will Waller
Tik-Tok of Oz was a strange departure from the typical format of the Oz books thus far. There was little to no Dorothy, Toto, Glinda, or Ozma. Instead, action focuses on other characters who had heretofore been sideline characters like Tik-Tok and the Shaggy Man. I can sense that the author, Baum, got frustrated with Dorothy and the rest and perhaps believed them too predictable for his taste and wanted to dwell on others rather than the Usual Suspects.

This book is probably my favorite because
Elinor  Loredan
Sep 29, 2013 Elinor Loredan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Baum certainly had a fertile imagination! The complexity of this story, in places, events, and magic, is astonishing, and even bewildering. My favorite fairy features (to borrow his alliterative style of naming chapters) are the book trees in Files' orchard, Glinda's Magic Book, the light maidens, and the metal forest. The Love Magnet is controversial: if we could make people adore us by force with a device, would we use it?

In Tik-Tok are combined 'ordinary' folk--Betsy, Hank, Shaggy--and extrao
Jun 18, 2011 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-luke
I loved the Oz books as a child. I drew maps of the four lands of Oz and I spent a lot of time engaging in Oz related play. I remember the thrill I felt at The Book Table (our local bookstore) at seeing a new set of Oz books that came out in Paperback when I was about ten. We had Tik-Tok of Oz in my home growing up - I believe it was my Mother's book originally, though she got it used from somewhere else, there is a name and address in Visalia CA on the front page. In fact, the copyright date of ...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 pleth
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