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The Marvelous Land of Oz

(Oz #2)

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Few fantasy lands have captured our hearts and imaginations as has the marvelous land of Oz. For over four generations, children and adults alike have reveled in the magical adventures of its beloved folk. Now, for the first time in over seventy years, the second book about Oz is presented here in the same deluxe format as the rare first edition, complete with all 16 of th

Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 2nd 1985 by Puffin Classics (first published 1904)
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Hannah Greendale
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In the northern Land of Oz, there lived a boy called Tip who was reared by a haggard old woman named Mombi. One day, Tip got the idea to startle Mombi, so he took a large pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, carved a face into it, then put it atop a body made of sticks and dressed in bright clothing. Mombi was not amused by Tip's practical joke, so she decided to concoct a spell to turn the boy into a marble stat
Jason Koivu
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A straw king? Transgender issues addressed? What in the heck's a wogglebug? Heaven knows what's going on here, but I like it!

Strange though it may sound, I preferred this sequel over the first book in L. Frank Baum's Oz series, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, from which most of Dorothy's famous story was drawn from to create the fantastic film The Wizard of Oz.

I'm beginning to think my reaction to the first book may have been prejudiced! You see, having only known the land of Oz from the movie, I wa
Sep 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
An orphan boy called Tip was one of the inhabitants of a magical place called Oz. He lived with an evil witch Mombi who decided to turn him into a marble statue one day being fed up with his pranks. Tip escaped and headed for the Emerald City having nothing better to do. He arrived just in time to see the big trouble for the city's ruler: none other than Scarecrow. He got involved and had a lot of adventures in the Land of Oz as a result.

Let me get this straight: the only reason this book avoid
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the story and characters. My favorite was Jack Pumpkinhead. The ending was a total surprise and I just loved it! Looking forward to the other books.
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Like many people my age, I actually remember when The Wizard of Oz movie being shown on network television every year was an event. I mean, we didn’t have VCRs (Let alone Netflix) back in the dark ages, so if you wanted to get a glimpse of Oz, you had to plan your social schedule around being at home in front of your television at the appropriate time, and for many years I always did. But that movie is all I knew about Oz.

I really hate to admit that I never too
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children's book fans, LOONIES
So. Much. Weirder. Both than your memory of this stuff, and even than the first Oz book. You've got the Scarecrow set up, "brains" and all having gone to his head, as King Fool of Emerald City, you've got an antifeminist caricature (not that i mind it when it's so transparent, even for a kid in this modern era) taking over Oz and making the men do housework, you've got the Tin Man fallen into vanity and obsessed with nickel-plating himself, you've got sudden gender-switching, a roly-poly that sp ...more
Sep 15, 2007 rated it liked it
This book is slightly ridiculous. It’s hard to evaluate The Marvelous Land of Oz for what it is - a children’s book and a sequel (a sequel to a great example of the genre at that) rather than just a book. But it’s a goofy, daffy book. It’s weirdly pro-women (in a way) for 1904 - everyone who makes anything happen is a woman (Jinjur, Mombi, Glinda) and the men all kind of fall into good luck and the fruits of the women’s labor. At the same time, the women who aren’t named Glinda are consistently ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything in life is unusual until you get accustomed to it.

I've read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sometime last year (and really enjoyed it), and I have to say that this book was a pretty damn good sequel to it. I enjoyed being introduced to new characters, as well as following new adventures of old characters. The plot was quite enjoyable as well, and they even were a couple of twists that I did not see coming. All in all, a pretty solid book, and I can't wait to continue on with the series.
Paul E. Morph
I've always preferred this one to 'The Wonderful Wizard...' because I love the new characters introduced here. It's great to have the Scarecrow and the Tin Man back (they were always my favourite characters from the first book, if you don't count Toto) but Jack Pumpkinhead, the Saw Horse, H.M. Woggle Bug and the Gump are all so awesome I can't read about them without a huge grin on my face!

I think the twist ending probably blew me away as a kid, too...
This is the second volume of this series that I read on my holiday back in June. A lovely first of this specific edition of the book. Charming line drawings and coloured illustrations by Biro accompanied by a whole series of characters both old and new made it a pleasant enough drift back into the frankly odd-ball Land of Oz.

It is once again a series of loosely knit adventures of the Tin-Man and the Scarecrow though here joined by a little farmboy called Tip, also a creature made from sticks and
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
I adored this book! Which was a bit of a shock to me, since I enjoyed the Oz books all right when I was younger, but I was bothered by the inconsistencies from one book to the next--I had that kind of mind even then.

I saw the entire set for Kindle for a ridiculously low price, and I said, "Hey, they're classics. I'll probably read them again." And then I was away from home with no book, which is like being away from home without clothes on, for me, and there was my Kindle in my purse, and I'd re
Jason Pettus
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
(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
Don't read further if you haven't read to the end of book #1 since this review will spoil you about the events that took place in book #1.

This book was awesome. I have to say that after book #1 I was puzzled what this book would be about and if I would like it as much as book #1 without Dorothy or the Cowardly Lion absent from the story. However, this book I managed to even love more than book #1.

We start off with the main protagonist Tip who carves himself a man made of wood with a head of a p
Jonathan Terrington

Before I discovered that there was a girl named Dorothy with a dog called Toto I discovered the land of Oz. I never understood as a child the rules of series. That you 'had' to read the previous books before reading the second or third books. This was due to my age at the time (things seem rather muddled as a 7 year old when you have a voracious appetite for reading) and the fact that I had the tendency to grab whatever was on my bookshelf.

As far as stepping into the world of Oz went, this was
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. It had some very interesting touches which, to my mind, made it more modern than perhaps it was intended to be.

For instance, the whole role reversal thing which takes place in the Emerald City. Another example was the Woggle Bug--easily my favourite character, and anyone who knows me well and has read the book can guess why! And please note that this appearance of this gigantic sentient insect predates that of Gregor Samsa in The Metamorphosis by more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, ebook-en
Again a great story of oz. Growing up I never knew there were a lot more stories about oz. Good writing, would have loved some drawings in the book about how the weird animals would have looked like. Good characters and also a good read for grown ups.
Lara Mi

I already did not enjoy The Wizard of Oz as much as I expected. The Land of Oz, however, seems to take away what little I liked and add more of what I didn't.

There are no characters I find particularly appealing. Most characters appear awfully juvenile - yes, this is a children's book, but I don't get this kind of feeling from others of its kind. There is a lot of arguing about ridiculous things and the characters make such poor decisions.

I am also surprised that people call this book 'quite un
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, ebook
If you ever wanted to know more about Oz after Dorothy leaves, then read what else Frank Baum has to share. This was a tale concerning a boy named Tip that built a frightful smiling pumpkin man that was bright to life. Together he and Tip head off across Oz meeting old friends of ours and making new friends and foes. Written in a clever way to hold the interest of children as well as this adult. Magic the Emerald city and memories of Oz abound in this follow up book.
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Marvellous Land of Oz is written by L. Frank Baum in 1904, i have read the new edition from 2016, this is the second book from The Wizard of Oz collection.

Tip is a young boy that escaped the evil hands of the witch Mombi. Tip and his friend are going on an adventure to the Emerald City, to the scarecrow, wich became the ruler in the first book of the wizard of Oz.

I was very found of Wizard of Oz since i was a child, so i have decided to buy the full collection of 15 books, i love to read t
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
An Emporer says to an unusual character, " are certainly unusual, and therefore worthy to become a member of our select society." The Scarecrow says, "...don't let us quarrel. We all have our weaknesses, dear friends; so we must strive to be considerate of others." When a boy is changed to a girl, the Tin Woodman says, "...we will all remain your faithful friends..." Women are empowered to take over Emerald City using only knitting needles as weapons. There is a singular rifle mentioned, b ...more
As a little girl I did a lot of reading. As a grown woman I still do a lot of reading, but without the sense of strident purpose that would envelop me whenever I was able to return from the library with stacks of books piled high in my arms. These days I read for the same reason most people keep breathing, because it simply would just never occur to them to do otherwise, but when I was a kid I read with the desperate urgency of a drowning sailor trying to reach a lifeboat. Getting to the end of ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
"That proves you are unusual," returned the Scarecrow. "and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed."

It was a pretty nice story and I enjoyed it, however I liked the first book in the series so much more.

Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Has Read & Enjoyed 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'
Originally published in 1904, this second of L. Frank Baum's fourteen Oz novels opens in the Gillikin Country, in the north of Oz. Here a mischievous young boy named Tip chafes against the rule of his less-than-benevolent guardian, the witch Mombi. When Tip's prank, in creating a pumpkin-headed man to frighten Mombi backfires, and he is threatened with the terrible fate of being made into a statue as punishment, the young boy runs away, taking the now living Jack Pumpkinhead with him. Heading fo ...more
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I think I was able to love this sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz more because I wasn't comparing it to my favorite movie of all time, which uses a very different voice to tell the same story. There is however a movie loosely based on this and other Oz books called Return to Oz, starring a very young Fairuza Balk as a Dorothy longing to return to the magical land of Oz. It's really fun and a little strange, and although it may not stick strictly to the facts of the books, it captures the feel ...more
When I was first told we were going to read to Wizard of Oz series I thought it was going to boring. However, I love the series and I think this book was way better than book #1. This book is very interesting and it make you wonder just how crazy L. Frank Baum's imagination was. The ending was definitely my favorite part though because it is so unexpected. I wish they would make a movie of this story. ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Well, I thought it can't get weirder than it already is. But hey, I was wrong, if Wonderful Wizard of Oz was weird, The Marvelous Land of Oz is way weirder and here I am, asking myself, why the hell did I wait for thirty five years to read the second book of the OZ series.

Again, it's got all the essentials. Witches, magic, potions, powders, wish pills and all kinds of stuff that only happens in books. From our old pals in Wizard of Oz, Tin man and Scarecrow comes back in this book to rescue Eme
Jason M Waltz
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, fantastical
Not what I expected, though I cannot quite say what I did expect. And that is illustrative of the contents of this book :) Definitely written for children, yet filled with adult themes and explorations of topics rather ironically topical today (equality of the sexes, the value of intelligence and the intelligent and beneficial use thereof, etc.). It was also a bit more violent than I anticipated, though I should not have been surprised if I'd properly recalled the contents and actions of The Wiz ...more
Brandy Humphrey
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From start to finish I was transported into such a magical place! I went from being 29 to feeling like a child within the first few pages. L. Frank Baum has the ability to quickly draw you in and hold your attention throughout his amazing books. It was really awesome to learn the origin stories of such characters as The Gump, The Sawhorse, Jack Pumpkinhead, and even Ozma! I'd absolutely recommend this to anyone, whether you love fantasy and children's books or not, I'd say this is a tale for all ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who read the wonderful wizard of oz
Shelves: 4
Remarkably progressive for an early 20th century children's novel - feminism, transgender issues - PUMPKINS?!? Seriously, I enjoyed this (though not as good as the original) but it is much less fun to read than the first. The exclusion of Dorothy does not help the book, meanwhile Pip is entertaining, I suppose, but not great fun (though that twist tho). The Feminist Army are bae. ...more
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also wrote under the name Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers, Schuyler Staunton, John Estes Cooke, Suzanne Metcalf, Laura Bancroft

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

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
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“As they passed the rows of houses they saw through the open doors that men were sweeping and dusting and washing dishes, while the women sat around in groups, gossiping and laughing.

What has happened?' the Scarecrow asked a sad-looking man with a bushy beard, who wore an apron and was wheeling a baby carriage along the sidewalk.

Why, we've had a revolution, your Majesty -- as you ought to know very well,' replied the man; 'and since you went away the women have been running things to suit themselves. I'm glad you have decided to come back and restore order, for doing housework and minding the children is wearing out the strength of every man in the Emerald City.'

Hm!' said the Scarecrow, thoughtfully. 'If it is such hard work as you say, how did the women manage it so easily?'

I really do not know,' replied the man, with a deep sigh. 'Perhaps the women are made of cast-iron.”
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