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The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz #11)

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Princess Ozma is missing! When Dorothy awakens one morning to discover that the beloved ruler of the Land of Oz has disappeared, all of the Emerald City's most celebrated citizens join in the search for the lost princess.

But Ozma isn't all that's gone missing. The magical treasures of Oz have disappeared, too, including the Magic Picture, the Wizard's black bag, and even G
Kindle Edition, 291 pages
Published January 7th 2011 by ICU Publishing (first published June 5th 1917)
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Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
One fine morning in the Land of Oz Dorothy decided to show her friends around. Because nobody can as much as sneeze without asking Ozma's permission - I have this impression - Dorothy went to Ozma and realized that the latter disappeared: mysteriously and without any trace. Not to worry, Ozma had a magic picture which could show any what any person was currently doing. It turned out the picture is missing too, and so are all of Wizard's magic trinkets. The latter rushed to Glinda only to learn t ...more
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
One of my favorite Oz books! review to come (maybe)
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, classics, fiction
Although this book was 100% Oz, it felt different to me than previous ones. It once again had a sound plot, and there weren't any bizarre character introduced unnecessarily. All of the scenes in the book contributed to the movement of the story. Maybe Baum is just finally growing up into his writing... I'll take it. :)

Two notes about this book.
First: We finally see Toto talk!! The story goes that he gained the ability to talk as soon as he entered Oz in book one, but he's just too wise to waste
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I previously read this book in 5th grade and again, at least in part, in college. This is one of the best books in the Oz series, in spite of Ozma being a damsel in distress for almost the entire book. It takes a lot of people, not just any one person, to rescue her, so at least there is that. In fact, the book is so populated with characters that many go off and Baum doesn't even bother to follow them, so perhaps the book's biggest flaw is that Baum follows the relevant search parties to the ex ...more
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
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lost Classic?

" dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain-machinery whizzing -- are likely to lead to the betterment of the word." - L. Frank Baum

The awesomely vivid imagination of L. Frank Baum gave life to thirteen (yes, thirteen) sequels of the popular children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). Somewhat bizarrely, I've jumped in at number eleven in the series, The Lost Princess of Oz (1917) and now I must rant and rave (more raving, less ranting) about said exp
This book is classic Baum - fun fairy-land adventures, all manners of creative and amusing oddities, great variety of characters. A great story for kids, or for any fan of Oz.

However, from a storytelling and writing craft perspective, I have to rate this with only three stars. Baum follows his standard procedure of the main plot being nothing more than "wandering around Oz encountering oddities." The guise for this wandering is a search for Ozma and various magical talismans, which have gone mis
Lee Födi
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, this is one of the most tantalizing installments in the Oz series. Not only does it feature perhaps the best title of all of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, it has one of the biggest casts of characters at work.

When Ozma disappears, all her friends go and search for her—as a result, we get to read about many of our old favorites from the Land of Oz, including Dorothy, the Patchwork Girl, the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger, the Scarecrow, et al. The other aspect of this book that separates it fro
It’s been a while since I started reading the Oz series. Looking back my main intention was to finally read the story I had heard a couple of times before. Since it’s a children’s book series I never had that much expectations but some of the books really surprised me while others bored me to no end.

This certainly was one of the better ones. For once, it was more complex than other books in the series and some very interesting characters were introduced. The story of having all magical objects a
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
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely was better than most the Oz books, but I don't think any of them deserve more than 3 stars! just because it was better compared to the previous books in the series does not (1.) Make L. Frank Baum a better writer (2.) Mean this book Succeeded in holding a more complicated plot or (3.) mean he ended yet another book with an awfully convenient item that wraps everything up perfectly.

I couldn't help but think throughout this book that as a toddler I would have loved to hear this story r
Stephanie Ricker
Whatever will the Ozites do when their lovely girl ruler is kidnapped? Wander around until they manage to find out who took her, basically, in yet another excuse for Baum to explore new Oz geography. One wonders just how big this country is. I wasn't wild about the frog and the cookie cook subplot, but the tiny pink bear was great.
Kristen Darienzo
"To be really lovely one must be beautiful without and within."

Princess Ozma is missing: so we go on another Ozian adventure. We get to see a whole new host of magical citizens, travel the breadth of Oz to track down Ozma and the missing magical artifacts.

Another cute Wizard of Oz edition.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really a review, but I read this book because there were multiple references to it in a staged reading of "Love Letters" that I was a part of earlier this year. I had to find out why my character was referred to as looking like The Lost Princess of Oz.
Ira Livingston
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aside from the original book that started the series, this by far is my favorite. The plot is actually original, plausible, and real enough without Baum's typical embellishments to add quirky new characters.

Fantastic read.
Greg Snow
An enjoyable children's tale that introduced yet more interesting characters from the land of Oz.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this aloud with my daughter at bedtime. She enjoyed the mystery of it a lot and laughed pretty much every time I said "Cayke the Cookie Cook".
Cadi Weaver
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun creative romp! I especially like the enchanted peach and the gold diamond dishpan :)
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was quite creative, and I enjoyed it more than most of the other Oz stories (with the exception of the original one of course).
Adekunle Ruth
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's fun actually to read oz series
Aubrey Clark
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book is rather long, but I liked it. It has many characters and a good plot. Since his book is so long I can not tell you the whole summary of the book or this review whould be half a page long! There for I shall tell you who my favorite character is and why and also I will tell you my favorite scene and I will elborate.

First I will tell you my favorite character in the following:
My favorite caharacter is Button-Up-Bright, the munchkin. The reason I love him is because he is clueless and al
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid this was my absolute top favorite of all the Oz books.

Don't ask me why.

I mean, it's great, as are most of them, but not really any greater than the rest.

Although one thing I do like is the way he takes away all their usual crutches - Glinda's Magic Book and magic tools, Ozma and her Magic Picture, the Wizard's magic - and makes them finish a quest without the help of...

oh, wait. I mean, that was great until Dorothy pulled out the magic belt and was like, booyah, I know you thoug
I'd finally broken through the long dark night of poor Oz books with Rinkitink in Oz, the books still fail to work as delights in their own right, but at least Baum feels a little free to actually experiment with his writing again.

The Lost Princess of Oz has a good plot to begin with - Ozma is missing, perhaps taken, and with her all of the magical accoutrement in the land! Glinda's record book and instruments as well as the Wizards black bag and Ozma's magic picture have all been stolen in the
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oz
Another good old Oz book. I have slowly been reading these books since I was little, due to the fact my library didn't own the full set. I really liked this one because it explored the possibility that Ozma is not really the all and powerful fairy we thought she was.
The people they met and the adventures they encountered were fun, but I felt the story line might have been forced. There was no twist at the end, it ended up being just what you expected, but the character's you meet along the way
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised how good these books have gotten. I enjoyed the first 8, some more than others, because they were quick, fun reads. However, beginning with book 9 (The Scarecrow of Oz) they started getting more detailed and layered. While book 10 (Rinkitink in Oz) is still my favorite this is a very close second.
This story begins with the kidnapping of Ozma. The gang soon discovers that the Wizard & Glinda's magical tools have been stolen too. Dorothy and a big band of characters from past st
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was definitely not one of the finer Oz stories altogether for if you rearranged some of the characters and twinge the plot just a bit you would get one of the previous stories with some elements thrown into it. And of course there were some new characters but they were of the trivial and petty sort that makes you cringed with their lack of personality.

The book tended to include some more fairylands that Oz is well-known for creating and inhabiting the world of Oz with. It would have been
Tony Laplume
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best character in this eleventh book in L. Frank Baum's Oz series is the Frogman, who unlike virtually every other character in the series realizes he's not as special as he thinks he is. That's a major event in the series, to be sure. He realizes this after taking a dip in the Truth Pond, and then, even more remarkably, Baum still ends up using him the same way he handled every other character, as special despite his flaws.

That, and the further conquest of evil by further limiting the use
Benjamin Thomas
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, classic
This is my favorite of the Oz books so far and since I am now near the end of the original Oz series written by Baum, it might well become the best of the lot. While the first book was ingenious for its time, the story in this one was more complete and satisfying. For those that haven't read these books, generally, each book introduces a new character or two and the story is pretty much about their adventures somewhere in the land of Oz, often with them making their way to Emerald City and meeti ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much mystery & suspense! I shocked myself by finishing this in 10 days. I liked the new characters, Cayke the Cookie Cook & Frogman. Frogman's beginning somewhat resembled the origin of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and at first I wasn't sure how much I liked him, as he was pretending to be smarter & wiser than everyone else when in reality he wasn't. But after he bathed in the Truth Pond & was honest, I liked him more. The character kinda reminded me of Dr Sheldon Cooper ...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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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)
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  • The Scarecrow of Oz (Oz, #9)
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