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The Road to Oz (Oz #5)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  9,372 Ratings  ·  417 Reviews
The stories of L. Frank Baum have captivated youngsters for generations — from his Mother Goose in Prose (1897) to a fantasy about the beautiful Glinda of Oz (1920). But his stories of a little Kansas farm girl named Dorothy remain his best-loved tales. Now, reproduced directly from an early edition of the book first published in 1909, comes another treasure from the maste ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Dover Publications (first published 1909)
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Dec 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
A shaggy-looking guy called Shaggy Man asked Dorothy for directions; the latter trying to show the right road completely lost her way and the pair ended up in a magical land - not Oz, but somewhere close to it geographically. Their decided to proceed to Oz instead of going back to Kansas. By doing so they met a lot of magical creatures and saw a lot of magical countries.

In the review of a previous book of the series I mentioned that L. Frank Baum had great imagination which was clearly demonstr
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Catching up with the classics # 11

Well just whimsical
I always enjoy an Oz novel, even if it’s the new Dorothy Must Die series, which one can appreciate so much more the more one reads these old school Baum books. This time it is Ozma’s birthday, so it’s time to celebrate! We meet some new friends while inviting some old favorites. Such a quick read too!
So I hated this book. Like a lot. I got this way back in February and only finished it in July because I started going through my Kindle device and started downloading books to read back in February. I originally only read 4 percent and said nope and put the book aside. When I finished it in July I decided that was it for me, no more Oz books. The only saving grace is that I didn't pay money for it. I got it for free on Amazon.

Dorothy is still a pain in the butt who doesn't have the common sense
While not as dark as the last book, The Road to Oz has many similarities to Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. Again, our little heroine unintentionally sets off on a journey during which she meets a host of new characters, experiences a few easily-overcome challenges, and ends up in Oz. This time, though, there wasn't really any conflict and only one encounter with a malicious opponent on their travels. The Shaggy Man was actually a bit creepy at the beginning (my kids have been taught to run and fi ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
So im reading all the Oz books plus the side books but feeling a little sick so review to come when i'm feeling better
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
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books-read
This, is, quite frankly, the worst of all the Oz books I've read. I got the feeling that, by the end, Baum was bored with writing it and just stopped trying.

It starts rather disturbingly in that Dorothy walks away from her farm alone with a stranger called The Shaggy Man who says that he's lost and needs directions. Since Dorothy has no sense at all of stranger danger, she goes off with this man who swears that he has a "love magnet" that attracts everyone to him. Eventually, he leads Dorothy i
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
As I continue to read these books as an adult I am shocked by what Baum has gotten away with as an author. Some of the spark that I had for this series as a child is quickly leaving as I realize some of the mechanics that he uses as an author that I simply am not fond of or even okay with. He often calls people or things stupid in his books. He belittles frequently and he continues to do that in this book. He also doesn't seem to be that respectful for the most part to his actual fans. It become ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
I've been reading my way through the Oz books lately in order to fill in some gaps of children's literature I'd missed as a kid. I wasn't too happy with the previous story because it felt like Baum didn't really feel any of it and just wrote Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz because he was pressured by a publisher as well as ravenous fans who wrote him imploring for more Oz. I found myself more than a little peeved that he allowed children to dictate what he put in his book. Sure, he pleased his fans ...more
Kathy Worrell  ツ
3.5 stars for me. I was thinking 2-2.5 Stars most of this book.

Nothing too exciting UNTIL Ozma had her birthday party.

Love the eclectic group of guests!

Such gaiety!

Grandiose and picturesque shows!

Stately dinners!

And a spectacular exodus!

Whoop to the author!
Kat  Hooper
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
OK. It’s obvious what’s going on here. As L. Frank Baum explained in the foreword to one of the OZ books (and I’ve seen such sentiments in some of his other forewords, too):
It's no use; no use at all. The children won't let me stop telling tales of the Land of Oz. I know lots of other stories, and I hope to tell them, some time or another; but just now my loving tyrants won't allow me. They cry: "Oz — Oz! more about Oz, Mr. Baum!" and what can I do but obey their commands?
I think it’s sweet tha
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, kid-books
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Line Bookaholic
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing and hilarious as usual !
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star, classics
Another great Oz book!

Dorothy meets the Shaggy Man, a friendly man who is sorta of lost, who wants to know the way to Butterfield. Dorothy starts walking with him and suddenly she gets lost! She meets a little boy, named Button-Bright, who is also very lost. They start walking in hopes of finding Oz, instead they wander into a fox kingdom. They are immediately taken to the king. The king asks Button-Bright some questions, to which he answers "Don't know". Apparently, the king is pleased with thi
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- I'm starting to feel like the stories are the same, but with different companions and lands to visit.

- I liked this book, but the ending was a tad boring. Ozma's party was just list after list after list. There was a lot of listing and telling, and I wish I had been more immersed in her party.

- I really wish there was a new illustrator. I'm tired of John R. Neill's pictures.

- L. Frank Baum was very dedicated to his readers. They asked for more Oz, and he delivered. I really enjoy reading his
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read_to_kids
This one starts out a little creepy: Dorothy, back in Kansas, meets a shady character called "The Shaggy Man," who asks her to show him the way to Butterfield. Way too many tragic stories start like that, eh? Worse, he claims to have a "love magnet" in his pocket that will instantly cause anyone he meets to love him.

But no, it's all innocent, okay? Even though modern readers are going to be totally creeped out by this.

The Shaggy Man doesn't even get a name. Everyone just calls him "Shaggy Man" f
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I was first given a copy of this for my birthday when I was about 9 or 10, and read it several times. I never read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a child (only been terrified of the flying monkeys in the movie!), nor did I know until then that there were any other Oz stories. Thanks to Project Gutenberg I was able to read it again and see that it pretty much stands the test of time, though I wonder what today's helicopter parents would make of the Scoodlers. Kids, however, often like to be scared ...more
Nostalgia Reader
I found this installment much more enjoyable than Book 4 ( Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz ). While this one also had only vague allusions to a proper plot, and had some annoying characters, the entire thing felt more purposeful and more like the first three stories were. We had some proper adventuring in the beginning (I was excited to finally read about the Scoodlers and was not disappointed with them at all... horrifyingly AWESOME) and in the end we're introduced via multiple parades, to a varie ...more
This book starts out giving you the creeps in the first chapter. Dorothy is confronted with a scruffy looking stranger that also happens to be an older male. He asks her for directions, kidnaps her dog and convinces her to show him the correct path rather than just telling him the directions. Dorothy follows the stranger and later on he tells her about his “love magnet” that causes everyone he meets to fall in love with him. By the second chapter they come upon a small boy dressed in…..a sailor ...more

Did you know there was a road to Oz? Dorothy and Toto didn't either until she and The Shaggy Man stumbled across it (many roads) and on their way to fairyland. As always Dorothy, she makes friends and brings along Button Bright and Polychrome, the rainbow's daughter who are both lost although Button Bright doesn't know that because he doesn't know anything.

I never knew these books existed, but I'm having fun reading them. I liked that the author put another adult into this book as well as an
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
This one is for children only. Once again Dorothy is....traveling. She meets some different and unique people. There really is no adversity. Ugg.

If not for the introduction of The Shaggy Man and Button Bright it would have been a complete wash.

Unfortunately my son is enjoying Oz too much to get away so on to the next story.

Side note: Santa make an appearance. Ho Ho Ho
Patricia Vocat
The formula is pretty familiar by now. Dorothy ends up in OZ, unintentionally, after overcoming some difficulties in deus-ex-machina style and meeting some very rude local heroes or weirdos. A quirky story, but the charm has worn off.
Dorothy is asked for directions by the Shaggy Man and decides to lead him in the right direction... only to find herself completely lost. Has she again found herself on an adventure? Fun read.
Christine Marie
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children's, Classics, Morals, Ethics, Fables, Wizard of Oz, Wondefrul Wizard of Oz, Fantasy fans
Recommended to Christine by: Robert Allen
What a cute adventure! I really liked the premise of Dorothy once again following a road to a destination that would help her get home: the Emerald City. It had a similar "yellow brick road" feel of the first book, but luckily the plot was different enough that you didn't get bored with the similarity of the books. I find that that's the only way I'm interested in any of these books at all. I mean, in all of them besides the second, Dorothy is bizarrely transported to a fairy land, and she must ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
So far my least favorite of the Oz books. I say 'so far' cause it's the 5th in a 14 part series.

I think Dorothy was a rude twit in this story, I don't like how loosely she uses the words 'dumb and stupid' to describe people with a slower mentality and lower IQ than herself.

The only parts I liked were the end celebrations of the Princess Ozma's Birthday party.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
I'm reading all of the Oz books (credited to Baum, at least), and I'm only, what? Maybe five books in now--I've read past this one, of course--but though I have work ahead of me yet, I feel pretty safe to say that Button Bright is the worst character in the entire series. Maybe the world. He's just the worst (apologies to the late Mr. Baum).

It's pretty undeniable Baum has a reputation for being something of a magician for spinning fantasies and being revered storyteller, and I don't want to dism
4.5 Stars! Had a lot of fun doing a buddy read with this one! Lots of fun new characters and a couple previous ones as well!
Garrett Kilgore
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I attempted this one twice before and never finished. This time I was bound and determined to finish and I did. I had a blast with it this time. It truly celebrates Oz in the best way possible!
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
Duda Dnm
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oz, 2017
4.5 stars
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also wrote under the name Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers

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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“You have some queer friends, Dorothy,' she said.

The queerness doesn't matter, so long as they're friends,' was the answer”
“It isn't what we are, but what folks think we are, that counts in this world.” 11 likes
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