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The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz #2)

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Tip builds a pumpkinheaded man as a joke. But the joke's on Tip when a mean old witch brings Jack Pumpkinhead to life!

Soon Jack and Tip-and their friend, the Sawhorse-are on the road to Oz. There they join forces with the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman against the rebel army of General Jinjur, who has conquered the Emerald City.

If Tip and his friends defeat Jinjur, they c
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Hardcover, 287 pages
Published 1904 by Reilly & Britton
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Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

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
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Evgeny
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
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Jason Koivu
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mischenko
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bookwraiths
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
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M
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
Mario
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.
Cecilia
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
Mark
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
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com:]. 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
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Obsidian
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
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Jonathan

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
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Lindsey
Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Richard
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
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Vicki
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.
Akiko
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, audiobook
What a great read, and I loved the ending. Dare I say I liked this book a little better than The Wizard of Oz? Yes, I believe I will.

Tip is a young boy...who is being raised by a grumpy old witch (Mombi). One night she threatens to turn Tip into a marble statue, so he runs away and starts an adventure with Jack Pumpkinhead, many other familiar characters from book 1, and other new ones like the army of girls who use knitting needles as weapons (so bizarre, and great).

I enjoyed much about this ch
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Tabby
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
Chloe
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
Greg Z
An Emporer says to an unusual character, "...you 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
Mi
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition



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 along the way.

I am also surprised that people call this
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Tarissa
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took a lot of prodding from The Wizard of Oz fans, but in 1904 (4 years after the first book's wild success), L. Frank Baum finally published a sequel: The Marvelous Land of Oz. In it, we don't get to see Dorothy again, but we do meet up with a couple of friends, the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow, along we make some brand new acquaintances.

Tip is a boy who, like beloved Dorothy, needs to get to the Emerald City, to see His Majesty the Scarecrow (make sure to actually read The Wizard of Oz, so
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Jason M Waltz
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
mikaalfh
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pur essendo il secondo della serie iniziata da L. Frank Baum con Il Mago di Oz, devo ammettere di aver apprezzato Il meraviglioso Paese di Oz molto di più rispetto al primo, anche perché — come per il resto della serie — è profondamente scollegato rispetto alla storia iniziale. E ringrazio per questo, perché Dorothy come personaggio in sé non rappresentava assolutamente nulla se non una bambina piatta e stereotipata caratterialmente. E non è nemmeno da biasimare perché proprio solo fanciulla, pu ...more
Sarah
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Diana
Oct 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nostalgia Reader
4.5 stars.

I think I enjoyed this one even better than the first book! It seems like this sort of sets up the world of Oz for the abundance of sequels, while the first book really just seemed like a stand-alone.

I really don't have much different to say than many other reviewers have... Jack was fun, but a bit too vocal of his anxiousness, the Saw-Horse was snarky in a straightforward way, and the Woggle-Bug's puns were awesome. The plot twist at the end was a surprise, and really wasn't even allu
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Mary Catelli
The second book of the lengthy Oz series -- a series that soon showed that demanding the author continue is not always wise -- but since this is at the beginning, the series is still going strong.

Land takes place wholly in the land of Oz. The only real series problem is that you can see the inconsistencies between this and Wizard. It's about Tip, who's being raised by a witch, Mombi. When his attempt at scaring her with a pumpkin-headed figure only gives her a way to test her Dust of Life, it st
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Kathy Worrell  ツ
My buddy read.

I totally love the mind of L. Frank Baum.

He has a very vivid, entertaining imagination! He was always surprising and amusing me with his antics.

As my buddy and I both agree on, the ending was a little too unusual, especially for the wee years of the 1900's.

I will eventually read the whole series.
Matthew
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.
Paul
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Now this is much better. Why, though? Well, I’d be the first to admit that I’m never going to be the person who’s going to successfully psychoanalyse an American children’s book author from the 1900s, but if you poke around in the backstory you (I think) can find things about Baum essentially wanting to create the Great American Fairy Tale of His Time and wanting to take some of the horror out of his predecessors’ work. So maybe he was affected by that lofty, serious goal he was setting himself. ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Oz (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)
  • Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)
  • Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz, #4)
  • The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
  • The Emerald City of Oz (Oz #6)
  • The Patchwork Girl of Oz (Oz, #7)
  • Tik-Tok of Oz (Oz, #8)
  • The Scarecrow of Oz (Oz, #9)
  • Rinkitink in Oz (Oz, #10)
  • The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz, #11)

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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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