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The Magic of Oz

(Oz #13)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,207 ratings  ·  178 reviews
In this witty and imaginative tale, the Royal Historian of Oz, L. Frank Baum, takes young readers back across The Great Sandy Desert for more exciting adventures in the wondrous Land of Oz. Old friends such as Dorothy, the Wizard, and the Cowardly Lion reappear, along with endearing new characters the Glass Cat, the Hungry Tiger, Little Trot, Capn Bill, the Lonesome Duck, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 30th 1998 by Dover Publications (first published 1919)
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Evgeny
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
A lazy good-for-nothing inhabitant of the Land of Oz
lazy
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 Ozmas birthday was coming. Everybody was busy trying to figure out what to give her as a
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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.
Shoshana
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Tarissa
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delightful romp with the Oz characters, as they have fun working on exciting surprises for Princess Ozma's birthday.

It's a great journey to be a part of -- even if some of the story is a little cheesy. There are some fun elements in the plot.

COYER Read a book with a Talking Animal: 3
Laura
Sep 22, 2015 marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Wanda, Gundula
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.
Michele
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kids, learn this word: "Pyrzqxgl!" It's right up there with "xyzzy" in importance. I can't tell you how to pronounce it since I've never heard it spoken, but keep trying different ways and you might suddenly hit on it. (If you do, kindly drop me a message and let me know.)

I think my favorite secondary character in this book is the Lonesome Duck. He's arrogant, selfish, and misanthropic, but I kind of like him. Also I really want that Magic Flower.

As a nice side note, Baum dedicated this
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Garrett Kilgore
Well, this one wasnt a favorite. I enjoyed it in 6th grade when I read it the first time, but by and large Id 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...theres a lot of recycled stuff, such as our good friend Ruggedo and the party at Emerald City that just makes me feel blah. ...more
J. Boo
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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.

2.8/5

Available on Gutenberg.
Grace
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 ...more
Allison
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Grace
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
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Izzati
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
So the birthday of the girl Ruler of Oz, Ozma was drawing near and all her friends thought of the most wonderful presents to give her. In order to get those presents, they needed to go on yet another adventure, and found themselves in some troubles along the way, as is always the case.

This time we were introduced to Kiki Aru, a naughty boy who was selfish and meant mischief. We again met the evil ex-Nome King Ruggedo.

Unlike all of Baum's previous books, this one was truly short. I guess he had
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Ayla
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
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 ...more
Danns
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Joni
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, classics, fiction
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
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
(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
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Nathan Dehoff
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Ben Truong
The Magic of Oz is the thirteenth book in the Oz series written by L. Frank Baum and centered on the unsuccessful attempt of the Munchkin boy Kiki Aru and former Nome King Ruggedo to conquer Oz.

Lyman Frank Baum died two hundred years ago this May (6 May, 1919) and in commemoration of this event, I thought it would be apropos to read his magnum opus the Oz series, which I hope to read this month.

At the top of Mount Munch lives a group of people known as the Hyups. One of their numbers, a
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Sean McBride
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Ah the return of Ruggedo the Nome King! To me he is the best villain of the entire series. He is ruthless and intelligent and is on an ever present quest for revenge against Ozma and the people of Oz.

This book had the potential to be my favorite of the Oz series, but, alas, the end of the book was just a little boring and uber predictable. The first three quarters set up a very good story. The players of Oz (This is probably the thing I like most about the series. Baum adds more characters in
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Suren Oganessian
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Tinka
#OzAThon Book 13

Well, that was mercifully short. I read this so fast and yet I barely remember it. Thats 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, theres not much to say here. Its more like a novella really and falls under Oz category of "stuff happens."

We have two plots, which is a
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John Anthony Smith
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
To be perfectly honest the only thing really significant about this book was that with the conclusion there is only one book left in the series. That is the claw marks left when finishing the thirteenth book. When examining the wounds from book thirteen, the reader begins to see the scratches are deeper than mere flesh wounds. The book was interesting just as the twelve prior books, but other than the lonesome duck it didnt seem to add much value to the series. But the value that the duck ...more
Sarah
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This has never been one of my favorite Baum Oz books, but on my first re-read as an adult, I found it surprisingly enjoyable. It's easy to dismiss as one of Baum's last four Oz stories because the other three are so startling in what they're doing differently, plot-wise; Lost Princess is a roadshow, with appearances from almost every one of Baum's protagonists, a peculiarly spiritual ending; Tin Woodman is an existential novel with moments of extreme dissonance; Glinda is female-oriented ...more
Louise-Andree
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
3*

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
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Megan
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
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Z
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ozma groupies
Recommended to Z by: A Friendly Purple Dinosaur
For the second time, Ozma has a birthday. This would have been a lot better if time passed normally, but since nobody ages in these books, it's pretty pointless. While it was better than the last birthday one, this book was still pretty bland. Obviously, Frank Baum must still have hated cats like usual, because the Glass Cat lost its name and throughout most of the story I was convinced he author had forgotten it was a girl cat at all. The transformations were basically like a retread of the ...more
zemkat
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok

"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
...more
Samantha
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 | kristinaandthebooks
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 ...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
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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.”
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