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The Giant Horse of Oz (Oz (Thompson and others) #22)

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Return to L. Frank Baum s wonderful world of Oz with this illustrated children s book series.
The Scarecrow, tiny Trot from California, and Benny (a living stone statue from Boston) encounter High Boy, whose telescopic legs and airy personality make him in every way the Giant Horse of Oz! High Boy himself is on an expedition with Herby the Medicine Man and little Prince P
Paperback, 252 pages
Published September 12th 1985 by Del Rey (first published 1928)
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Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
More of the usual. New kingdoms and characters introduced. Lots of traveling and magic. Many, many puns (a character has an actual "medicine chest"; the title character is a "high horse"). The most unique thing about this story is that it brings back the Witch of the North, whom we have not seen since the very first book. She was the first witch Dorothy met (not Glinda, like in the movie), and for some reason we never saw her again. Her back story is explained. I like the Thompson Oz stories bes ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Thompson's best Oz books, her approach to Oz is very different to Baum's but if you can accept that then several of her books have much to commend them and this is one such. A fairly good plot with the characters having more motivation for their actions than usual. High boy, the giant horse of the title, who moves up and down on telescopic legs (!) is an excellent addition to the Oz canon.
Of John R. Neill's artwork, although variable some of the pictures especially several of the chapter
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had forgotten that we had bought this book in Dryden, NY and had Marianna Holzer restore it for us. This was not one of the original Oz books written by L. Frank Baum, but fits in with the original ones quite well. Mrs Thompson has quite a vivid imagination and fits in new original characters with the old well known ones. Oniberon is a dreadful sea serpent who terrorizes the Ozure Isles. The Queen has been missing for years, and her son, Prince Philador sets out to find her.
Steve Shilstone
Gnome King is still my favorite of Ruth's, but this one has plenty of imagination, too.
Nov 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
My kids really enjoyed this 'continuation' of The Wizard of Oz.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Nowhere close to the charm, magic, and inventiveness of the originals. These books should not be considered Oz canon.
Guy Terry
Mar 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Seriously this is book 22!? I always just assumed it was 15 since it was the only non-Baum one we owned.
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An avid reader of Baum's books and a lifelong children's writer, Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her writing career in 1914 when she took a job with the Philadelphia Public Ledger; she wrote a weekly children's column for the newspaper. She had already published her first children's book, The Perhappsy Chaps, and her second, The Princess of Cozytown, was pending publicati ...more
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