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The Magic of Oz: Books Eleven Through Fifteen of the Oz Series

(Oz #13)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,939 ratings  ·  157 reviews
The third collection in the Fall River Press Oz series, featuring Books 11 through 15 of the legendary Oz novels by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill. Contains the entire text of the Oz books: 11. the Lost Princess of Oz, 12. the Tin Woodman of Oz, 13. the Magic of Oz, 14. Glinda of Oz, 15. Little Wizard Stories of Oz. This volume comprises the last of the canoni ...more
Hardcover, 728 pages
Published 2015 by Fall River Press (first published 1919)
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May 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
A lazy good-for-nothing inhabitant of the Land of Oz
stumbled upon a magic work which transforms anything and anybody into anything and anybody. The guy completely lacked any ambition whatsoever so it would not be too bad, but he teamed up with a bad and ambitious villain from the previous books. They had the means of conquering the Emerald City and the whole land.

At the same time back in Emerald City Ozma’s birthday was coming. Everybody was busy trying to figure out what to give her as a prese
Paul E. Morph
Not the best Oz book but not the worst, either. The plot is a little scattershot and it's difficult to care much about the protagonists' goals (finding a birthday present for Ozma). It also peters out a little at the end.

There's still plenty of the usual Oz magic on display, though, and I did enjoy it, despite its flaws, so I don't want to be too harsh.
This is a good classic Oz story. There is some wandering around, an overarching (though ludicrously unimportant) goal (really? you wrote a whole book about looking for birthday presents for Ozma?), my favorite villain (Ruggedo all the way! although I really enjoy Kaliko's three trial rooms in Rinkitink), jungle animals, and a really really cool plant. Plus more of the Glass Cat! (Although, as I remembered, her pink brains are back; Baum seems to have [conveniently?] forgotten that he had the Wiz ...more
Sep 22, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanda, Gundula
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Garrett Kilgore
Well, this one wasn’t a favorite. I enjoyed it in 6th grade when I read it the first time, but by and large I’d rate it on par with DotWiz. While there are parts of the book, particularly those segments focused on the Magic Isle and the Magic Flower, that are wonderful...there’s a lot of recycled stuff, such as our good friend Ruggedo and the party at Emerald City that just makes me feel blah.
J. Boo
I could've sworn I read all of Baum's original Oz books as a kid, but "The Magic of Oz" was too unfamiliar for this to be true.

Not great literature, but a few creative elements -- the Lonesome Duck, the magic flower, the Glass Cat -- move this a bit above OK.


Available on Gutenberg.
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books-read
Ruggedo makes another appearance in this story, as do Cap'n Bill, Trot, and the Glass Cat. Young Kiki Aru is an interesting character--early in the book he says "I didn't know I was being wicked, but if I was, I'm glad of it. I hate good people. I've always wanted to be wicked, but I didn't know how." Yikes. He is eerily emotionally detatched from his role in Ruggedo's plans to take over Oz, though he agrees to them without much persuasion. He has great power with his knowledge of the unpronounc ...more
Another cute Oz story, but not at all my favorite. The plot was thin (thinner than usual - the "main plot" was Dorothy and Trot going on a quest to find a birthday present for Ozma.) The subplot had more potential - a selfish Munchkin boy who gets ahold of a magic word of transformation, and he reluctantly teams up with the Nome King on a quest to conquer the Emerald City. While that plot had more potential (and had some really clever and suspenseful moments), the Munchkin and Nome were vanquish ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
I was obsessed with all things Oz while I was growing up.
I wasn't allowed to watch the film for years, so in the meantime I wrote stories about what I thought Oz would be like.
Finally I watched the film at age seven, and then I also read the first book.
The book is very, very different from the film!
After reading the first book, I would scour the Borders shelves for more Oz books. I was fascinated by how many there were!
Usually fiction depressed me, because often there is only one story and it do
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had 2 little plots going through it. One with the magic flower and the glass cat, and the other with the naughty boy with the magic word. I liked this story especially.
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
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While ferreting out the order of the books I happened upon the fact that this was one of the darker books of the Oz series, and I must agree. Now granted, darker is a bit subjective here, and it's not "King" or "Barker" dark, but for a children's book, it can get a somewhat grim. The story starts off with Kiki Aru stealing away some magical secrets put to rest by his family and using his new found transformation magic to run off and explore the world. He meets up with Rugedo the former gnome kin ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction, kids
Ugh. Baum is definitely back to his old tricks with this one. Another pointless story related to celebrating Ozma's birthday. If Baum had to pick one of his Oz books to reprise, why on earth did he pick The Road to Oz, which in my opinion is the worst one?! I rated this one slightly better because there was a little bit more of an actual story, and two major plotlines were woven together pretty well. However, I didn't like the expanded use of magic in this one - if they can pull out magic to get ...more
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
Nathan Dehoff
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I reread this in preparation for this year's OzCon International. I believe it was the last of Baum's Oz books I read, and I remember it not being one of my favorites. I think I was a little disappointed that Ruggedo and Kiki Aru's plot was thwarted because the Wizard of Oz happened to show up in the forest, and to hide in the same tree into which Kiki was speaking; and nothing really came of the plan recruit the animals of the Forest of Gugu to conquer Oz. A lot of Oz books are resolved with co ...more
Suren Oganessian
How irresponsible of Baum to include the magic word Pyrzqxgl in this book! Though he cautions the reader not to say it aloud, is that really going to stop anyone? Anyway, the story is interesting; the Nome King is back again, teamed up with a wicked Munchkin boy named Kiki Aru, who plans to use this magic word, which transforms whoever it is directed at into whatever the spellcaster wishes, to incite a rebellion of the beasts of Oz against the people. I suppose the reason they don't just turn Oz ...more
#OzAThon Book 13

Well, that was mercifully short. I read this so fast and yet I barely remember it. That’s how remarkable it was.

I do cut Baum some slack here, because I think that was about the time his health started to seriously decline and yet he managed to put two more books out for his fans, so mad respect for that.

Looking at this just as a book however, there’s not much to say here. It’s more like a novella really and falls under Oz category of "stuff happens."

We have two plots, which is

Not the best at all but I have read worse. I just can't seem to be able to rate below 3 for anything so far though. This one deserves 3.

Dorothy and the gang go on an adventure to find the best birthday present for Ozma because, what do you give to someone who already has everything she could ask for? And a young Munchkin Boy gets hold of a magic word that transforms anyone into anyone else and anything the user wants and he does use it, casually, until he meets up with the Nome King who takes
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty typical fare for an Oz book at this point. The characters go on an unimportant quest (birthday's can't be a big deal in a land that never ages, right? nobody even knows how old Ozma is at this point), briefly meet some inventive but undeveloped creatures, get in a minor jam and then get rescued pretty quickly, and, once again, Baum seems to forget any and all tiny bits of change he's given these characters in previous books.

The glass cat's brains are pink.

Oh, and the Wizard of Oz and Dor

"But now, O mighty Wizard, you must come with me to where six of my people are transformed into six great giant men," he said, "for if they are allowed to remain there, their happiness and their future lives will be ruined."

The Wizard did not reply at once, for he was thinking this a good opportunity to win Rango's consent to his taking some monkeys to the Emerald City for Ozma's birthday cake.

The Wizard of Oz is kind of a jerk. He's not planning on cooking the monkeys; just shrinking them, and
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated that this book had multiple story lines so as to keep the plot from getting dry. However, there seemed to be some continuity errors. In a previous book, I thought someone had taken away the Glass Cat's vanity so that she stopped repeatedly saying "I've got pink brains and you can seem 'em work!" - yet in this book that phrase is said often. Also, near the end, Professor H.M. Wogglebug, T.E. is talking about his invention of the Square-Meal Tablets as if this is the first time we've ...more
Kristina  Wilson
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oz
In this Oz installment, we follow a young boy named Kiku who has discovered magic to transform. Kiku encounters Ruggedo, the mischievous Nome King and the two concoct a plan to take over Oz. Meanwhile, our main characters(Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Hungry Tiger, Capt'n Bill, Trot, The Glass Cat, The Wizard) in the series are seeking out gifts for Ozma's birthday and we follow them on their adventures. As with all of the books in the series, all of the major characters get together in the last few c ...more
This seems similar to a couple other stories that have been shared in the Oz series, so therefore, I didn't care of it as much as some of the others. There were a few original ideas in it though.

A boy from the land of Oz learns of a secret transformational power word. He begins using it and runs into one of our old enemies of the books who wants to take advantage of the boy and rule over Oz, as usual.

At the same time there are people who live in Oz going out to find special items to gift to Oz
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story was quite cute and funny, however it centred around trying to find a birthday present to Ozma, who has absolutely everything. The friends should have known she wouldn’t want them to risk their lives getting that present. Also, how the wizard blackmailed the monkey king to take some monkeys to train for a performance. Doesn’t matter that they willingly followed in the end, like really, are we trying to force living beings to perform just for a birthday party? So that part was a bit too ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting little tale. The story, not uniquely, revolves around the celebration of Ozma’s upcoming birthday. This time the adventures revolve around finding a gift for the girl ruler who has everything — as well as the magic to produce anything she might come to desire. As to be expected, while off seeking enchanting presents, the cast of familiar characters befuddled a plot to invade the Emerald City and dethrone Ozma.
Stephanie Ricker
Finding presents for Ozma's birthday is a pretty flimsy excuse for a story, seeing as how she's an immortal fairy and all, but I guess Baum was running a little low on ideas to get folks out of the Emerald City and into the Oz hinterlands at this point. He was definitely running out of villains; the Nome King gets recycled yet again and is defeated in the same way as before. But the magic flower on the island was a neat touch.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-3-stars
This book probably would have been more enjoyable had I been more familiar with Baum's previous works in the series and not just Judy Garland.

It is interesting to note that there is no currency in the Land of Oz and the final chapter of the story was about the Fountain and Water of Oblivion and transformation.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about this book was that there were hardly any new characters, so the reader gets to spend more time with the already familiar characters. There were some elements of the plot, which were a bit weird, but overall the story was ok.
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute read about Ozma's birthday, but not extra special like the others. A bit interesting that the magic flower plant also produce fruit, but I guess they start as a blossom as well. Did the monkeys ever get transformed back to normal size after the party?
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“It's a bird of some sort. It's like a duck, only I never saw a duck have so many colors."
The bird swam swiftly and gracefully toward the Magic Isle, and as it drew nearer its gorgeously colored plumage astonished them. The feathers were of many hues of glistening greens and blues and purples, and it had a yellow head with a red plume, and pink, white and violet in its tail.”
“The Glass Cat is one of the most curious creatures in all Oz. It was made by a famous magician named Dr. Pipt before Ozma had forbidden her subjects to work magic. Dr. Pipt had made the Glass Cat to catch mice, but the Cat refused to catch mice and was considered more curious than useful.
This astonishing cat was made all of glass and was so clear and transparent that you could see through it as easily as through a window. In the top of its head, however, was a mass of delicate pink balls which looked like jewels but were intended for brains. It had a heart made of a blood-red ruby. The eyes were two large emeralds. But, aside from these colors, all the rest of the animal was of clear glass, and it had a spun-glass tail that was really beautiful.”
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