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The Emerald City of Oz

(Oz #6)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  9,608 ratings  ·  442 reviews
The Emerald City is built all of beautiful marbles in which are set a profusion of emeralds, every one exquisitely cut and of very great size. There are other jewels used in the decorations inside the houses and palaces, such as rubies, diamonds, sapphires, amethysts and turquoises. But in the streets and upon the outside of the buildings only emeralds appear, from which c ...more
Hardcover, 295 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Mundus (first published 1910)
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Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
The book consists of two completely different plotlines that kind of converge in the end with "kind of" being the key word.

Plotline 1: Dorothy finally realized it would be a good idea to bring her aunt and uncle to the Land of Oz. She was made a princess of that land several books ago, but waited for a while before realizing it might be a good idea to bring her only living relatives to the magic place. Actually she waited until her uncle's health became so bad he could not work on his farm anym
Paul E. Morph
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
So... many... puns! I think I've been near punned to death...

This would've made a nice end to the Oz series if Baum'd stuck to his guns and not written any more. Still, thousands of demanding fans and an emptying bank account are difficult to ignore...
I liked The Emerald City of Oz a bit better than the last two. There was still an element of characters taking a trip just so Mr. Baum can show off all the other ideas he has for interesting creatures (Look! These ones are living jigsaw puzzles! And over here we have animated flatware! And these people can't stop talking!) but on the whole there was more plot than we've seen for a few books.

First of all, there was some actual evil in the form of the Nome King and his General Guph. And there was
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aunt Em and Uncle Henry have arrived in Oz -- what fun!!

Not only that, but Dorothy and friends get to lead the newcomers to various places around the Land of Oz, and meet some of the most fascinating peoples. My favorites may have the been the living kitchen utensils of Utensia... what wit these people exhibited!

Another intriguing point in this story is that Baum obviously intended for this to be the final book. Lo and behold, his readers didn't allow it. But this makes for a great "Reichenbach
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Baum totally woke himself up out of the daze he'd been in for a couple of books and comes up with an awesome set of villains, some real sense of _stakes_ (not since "Ozma" had he really gone for that), this great country mouse/city mouse stuff with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry IN OZ, and even a cool quasi-ending to the series...though of course we know that wouldn't last. ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
This is the sixth book in the Oz series so time for a recap:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz- ****

The classic one. Also the most violent in the spirit of an old-fashioned fairy tale. The writing isn't as sharp as a few of the sequels, but the setup, otherworldly feel and clever lessons about self-criticism make this a timeless tale.

The Marvelous Land of Oz- ****1/2

The funny one. Baum writes in the introduction how much he enjoyed the comic portrayals of The Scarecrow and Tin Woodsman put on by popular
Sara Santos
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the last book.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Oz Fans
Originally published in 1910, this sixth entry in L. Frank Baum's Oz series alternates between two main story-lines. In the first, Dorothy, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry confront hard times at home in Kansas, with poor weather and Uncle Henry's worsening health threatening the family farm, which is shortly to be repossessed by the bank. Dorothy is encouraged by her aunt and uncle to escape to her fairyland (which her elderly relatives only partially believe in), but with Ozma's help she brings them to ...more
Line Bookaholic
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dorothy’s Aunt and Uncle are in trouble at the farm. They do not have enough money to pay everything and they might be expulsed. Dorothy says to them they could go and live in Oz with her and Ozma agrees to that. So, once again, we found ourselves in the beautiful Land of Oz where Dorothy is going to live some great adventures and meet some new people.

Like every time I read an Oz story, I’m amazed at how funny it is. This seems like it was the last story about Oz but I know there are many others
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, five-star
This was one of the best Oz books!!! Dorothy's aunt and uncle move to Oz! They tour the land without knowing that the evil Nome king is tunneling right under them! When Dorothy gets back they fight off the Nome king and all is well......for now. ...more
Garrett Zecker
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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
3.5 star

Working my way through the Oz stories with my reading buddy.

The Emerald City of Oz started out very funny and entertaining with its great wordplay.

Then the story took a little turn to the darker

Overall, a cute tale.
Patti aka Sils(bycarr) Patterson
The usual relentless meandering and by now you know there is nothing at stake because it will all be resolved in five minutes while Ozma shrugs. At the end, Baum stares there will be no more stories from Oz, but we still have EIGHT books to go. yikes.
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like fun!
Even though this book is mainly just Dorothy and friends wandering around Oz while the Nome King builds an army and a tunnel and no one does anything about it, I actually really like it a lot. I enjoy discovering the Flutterbudgets and Utensils and Bunburyans and Bunnyburyans and especially the Fuddles and Cuttenclips, not to mention the Whimsies. Oh, the Whimsies. They "had large, strong bodies, but heads so small that they were no bigger than door-knobs. Of course, such tiny heads could not co ...more
When I was young, I could have used Latin pills.
Baum originally intended this to be the final Oz book. That didn't work at all, of course, but this book has a very definitive conclusion that's obviously intended to end the entire series. As far as ending a saga goes, he did a good job (even though it didn't last).

This book had more a plot than some, and it had an actual antagonist. The Nome King is a full-on bad guy, and Baum developed this story-telling element a step further by having two separate plots (the adventures of Dorothy, and the s
Lori Anderson
Sep 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, for-zack
My son is six and we've been reading all the Oz books. They've done wonders for his reading comprehension and for his ability to just sit still and let me read three chapters at a time and have him actually understand and remember night to night what happened!

This book is where L. Frank Baum finally seems to get tired of writing about Oz and Dorothy and tidies everything up and says goodbye. Yet there are more books. We haven't picked up the next one yet (but will tonight) so I'm not sure what t
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I admit that re-reading all these books in chronological order has really revealed how confusing the moral core of these books is. Just in the last book Ozma put a literal kitten on trial and subsequently ordered said kitten's execution - but this book, Ozma refuses to fight what seems to be an objectively evil invading army, because it would be very wrong to harm anyone for any reason. Meanwhile, Dorothy ends up in a land where the people are made of baked goods and before leaving she angrily t ...more
#OzAThon Book 6

In my mind, I constantly compare Baum to a Post-Reichenbach Fall Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in the sense of "I'm fucking tired to write these books, but fans just demand more and more". Doyle suffered from a well-known Holmes-fatigue and Baum seems to suffer from Oz-fatigue at this point. And really, who can blame him? He never made it a secret that he intended The Wonderful Wizard as a standalone novel with not ambition to turn it into a series and yet did it anyways because childre
Hadi Naboulsi
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good way to start a winter break!
That sequel had actual plots and allies engaging in warfare, and that's too exciting.
The phanphasms (finally met those), the whimsies, the growleywogs, General Guph and the Nomes, all plotting to take vengeance on Ozma and her good people... Too much to handle.
Nonetheless, it kept with its classic balad throughout the kingdom, and with Dorothy's instinctive colonial conduct. (She blamed the Bunburies for not feeding her, because they're made of buns perhaps... I
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In 2019 I read the first five Oz books, and for Christmas of 2020 I was gifted a beautiful hardcover collection of the 14 original Oz books by L. Frank Baum, which as a bonus includes “The Royal Book of Oz” Which was initially published under Baums name however was actually written by his successor who continued the Oz series after his death, Ruth Plumly Thompson.

The 6th book, The Emerald City of Oz, is a magical tour of the world of Oz and the many imaginative things in it. My favorite being th
I cannot tell if L. Frank Baum is a genius or a quack. The plot is so often meandering and aimless, and the creations and scenarios are ridiculous, but the three listeners between the ages of seven and eleven found places to laugh, cried out in frustration when a chapter ended without all the answers given, and cheered the resolution. These books seem so very dumb; but children--as he himself notes in the foreward--seem to delight in them.

For a time, I thought this was going to be better writte
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
If not quite a full return to form (volumes 1 & 2), this one is certainly a step up from the preceding two books, and on a par with volume 3. Having Dorothy's family travel to Oz makes for some amusing scenes, and in a way solidifies the fairyland's existence. The recruitment of the baddies by the Nome King's General Guph was inventive, and though the invasion of these sundry evil forces of the Emerald City is handled in a hand-wavy fashion, Ozma's staunch message of non-violence is appreciated. ...more
Bobby Toskey
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was better than the previous two. There was an antagonist, and it seemed to be building toward something. Ultimately, the antagonist did very little, and the story was mostly Dorothy and her friends walking around, meeting new people.

It wasn't hard to get through, as the characters Dorothy comes across are interesting enough, but there is very little to sink your teeth into with this story.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, fiction
I want to live in Utensia.
4.5 Stars. Lots of fun new places and people in this one!
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I truly loved the interesting storyline in this one and the adorable conclusion. My son (6)found it particularly engaging to foow the varying story lines.
Jon E
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked the chapter "The Tin Woodman Told the Sad News", I liked in the chapter when the Tin Woodman told that the Gnome King was sending other gnomes and like other fighter people to destroy the Land of Oz. ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I don't remember reading this in the past but I must have done, because parts of it were so familiar. You have to understand, I have a kind of eidetic memory for children's books--whole passages come back to me. If I listen to an "unabridged" audiobook of something I read decades ago, the cuts will trip me up every time, even if it's just a line or two. There were things I didn't remember at all, and things that were so familiar I began to wonder if someone, somewhere had handed me an abridgemen ...more
Richard Seltzer
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this out loud to my kids.
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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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