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The Patchwork Girl of Oz

(Oz #7)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  7,101 ratings  ·  350 reviews
In this dazzling tale, L. Frank Baum proves once again his power to delight and enchant readers of all ages. Follow the adventures of a charming new band of characters as they explore the wondrous land of Oz and discover that you learn more by traveling than by staying at home.

Forced to venture out of the dark forest, Unc Nunkie and Ojo the Unlucky call on the Crooked Magi
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published March 15th 1995 by Books of Wonder (first published 1913)
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Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
People familiar with the first six books of the series might think it is all fun, rainbows, and unicorns in the Land of Oz. There are some not-quite-nice places, but they are isolated and their inhabitants never go outside of their designated area. The local population lives in what seems to be Communist Utopia. Well, guess again: the book starts with a young Manchkin boy Ojo who is about to starve as his only food was the last load of bread. Bummer, and I had such high hoped that the Communist ...more
Jason Koivu
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Patchwork Girl of Oz is not about the Patchwork Girl of Oz, but rather is the story of a little munchkin boy and his motley assortment of followers journeying across the land of Oz in search of items that will create a magic capable of saving the boy's beloved uncle.

However, one of those motley followers is the Patchwork Girl and she absolutely steals the show! Her goofy optimism is infectious. Perhaps some might find her to be a Jenna Elfman-sized annoyance, but for my part I thoroughly en
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Let me tell you, dear readers...not all Oz books are created equal. I am deep into my mission to read all of the the Oz books (at least, all the volumes credited to Mr. Baum himself) and if anyone should try to follow suit, he or she had better do as the great Bette Davis once suggested and buckle their seat belts, 'cause guess what? It's going to be a bumpy read.

In the Patchwork Girl of Oz the miraculous Powder of Life makes another appearance as a character called the Crooked Magician (nearly
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews
Although this one began with a few gems and a sparkling new character addition; it quickly turned into a bore. The phrase of Scraps; 'I am original, therefore thoroughly incomparable' was so promising but not much came out of it to .
Paul E. Morph
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this volume, the first since Baum relented on his vow never to write another Oz book, we meet Ojo the Unlucky, the Glass Cat, the Woozy and Scraps, the titular Patchwork Girl. There's also plenty of our old favourites making return appearances.

This book takes the form of a quest and I'm a sucker for a good quest, so I enjoyed it a great deal. I was concerned before I started that it would feel like Baum was writing this volume begrudgingly, but it doesn't come across that way at all. If he di
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This was my favorite Oz book so far! Review to come (maybe)
Karen Kay
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am loving this series!
Sara Santos
Not as good as the other books.
Ojo (the unlucky) and his Uncle, Unc Nunkie (both Munchkins) are in a bad state of hunger, so they go to visit someone Unc knows; Dr. Pipt (a crooked, legged magician). There, Ojo messes with a potion that Dr. Pipt is going to use to bring his wife's patch-doll to life as a servant... and things don't go as planned, and so the adventure begins. Many of the old cast of characters from previous books make an appearance in this book, and then there are new ones, like the Glass Cat that does not cat ...more
Roman Kurys
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another installment in the magical land of Oz has come to an end and I am not ashamed to admit that I enjoyed this adventure pretty much the same as I have all the previous ones.
Yes, it is very simple.
Yes, it follows the same formula that made the original successful.
Yes, I don’t care. It was fun to read nonetheless.

Characters: 4

This is the main attraction of Oz adventures to me. I am expecting a travelogue, since that is just what it is, but what never ceases to amaze me is Baum’s ability to
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Things have got very repetitive with this series. Baum had a formula that worked and everyone wanted more, so he gave it to them. These are perfectly enjoyable children's stories, but as an adult they're not my preferred reading experience. Here's looking forward with hope to the next seven...
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This wasn't my favorite Oz book, but it was still enjoyable. I especially liked the vain glass cat with pink brains and the Hoppers.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This was the fifth of L. Frank Baum's fourteen Oz books that I have read with my son. We have not read all of the books in chronological order, though I don't think it makes much difference; though I may be wrong about this and it may account for some inconsistencies that we have noticed in the works. We were both surprised on this reading by the many contradictions and inconsistencies in Baum's writing. The last Oz book we read was Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, the fourth work in the Oz series. ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Oz Fans
Ojo the Unlucky, a Munchkin boy raised in isolation in the Blue Forest by his taciturn Unc Nunkie, finds himself setting out on a quest through the wider world of Oz in this seventh entry in L. Frank Baum's series about that magical country. After his beloved uncle is petrified at the home of the Crooked Magician - the creator of the Powder of Life, first introduced in The Marvelous Land of Oz - Ojo, in the company of Scraps the Patchwork Girl and Bungle the Glass Cat, embarks on a mission to ...more
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to give major applause to the author in how he brought the Land of Oz back to life. This was like Reichenbach Falls (Sherlock Holmes reference) for Dorothy Gale. And how does the Land of Oz come back, even though we were cut off from Oz in the last book, with brand new stories for readers?... Through the clever device of... the telegraph. (Mind blown.)

So I was basically ready to give the book 5 stars just because of how the author wheedled his way out of that tight fix he put himself in.

Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Making Oz invisible did nothing for the stories leaking out. Apparently Ozma didn't have any more control over the media than other rulers. But I liked this one. There is a plot besides Dorothy getting lost and wandering around until she manages to get to Oz, plus some new characters of reasonable weirdness.

Ojo is a young Munchkin lad, raised in isolation by a very taciturn uncle (Unc Nunkie - I wouldn't talk much either). The leave their isolated forest - food isn't plentiful and there is no on
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This is my second time through reading this one, its got a different feel than most of the other Oz books, most likely due to the main characters being brand new ones, and the old favorites like Dorothy and the Shaggy Man only coming in half way through the book. I always feel bad for the living phonograph, he seemed to only get abuse. Perhaps that's it, in this book it shows that not everything is nice in Oz. The wilderness has bad as well as good parts, there are hungry giants, and squabbling ...more
Kelsey Marie
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I really liked this story of Oz. Like many people in Oz, I found the Patchwork Girl charming, Ojo's story broke my heart every time it was told, and I was happy with how it was resolved. However, I feel like the more I read into the series, the less I like Ozma, I just can't put my finger on why yet.
Garrett Kilgore
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of the best in the series. Baum spins a marvelous quest story with some of his best characters. Truly a delight from beginning to end!
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was a lot of fun as Patches, Ojo and the Glass Cat are all fine additions to the ranks of Oz characters. MicroMort enjoyed it quite a bit.
I actually really liked this book, and wanted to give it at least 4 stars, but several elements made me feel that a 3 star rating was more accurate.

First off, I really enjoyed the tale as a whole. It was still a "wandering around Oz encountering oddities" story, as most of the Oz books have been, but this time the characters were on a quest to gather objects for a spell to save Ojo's uncle (instead of the wandering being mere happenstance or because they were lost). There was a good deal more ch
Matthew Hunter
Fun for the kids, but not quite as much for the adults. The constant questing theme has been overplayed by Baum. Basically, The Patchwork Girl of Oz foists one wacky new character after another on readers, tries to coax a chortle or two out of us, provides yet more evidence that Oz is a socialist utopia, and puts a bow on the whole bit by offering a heart-warming ending. Yawn.

In this installment of the Oz saga, Baum focuses his progressive sensibilities on prison systems. Munchkin boy Ojo breaks
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
I was disappointed in this book. As a self-taught quilter I was trawling Gutenberg in search of books about patchwork or with it mentioned in the title; so far I am underwhelmed with the results. The Patchwork Girl is not really the main character of the book at all, and everyone finds her personality bumptious and uncomfortable, in part because she has no heart and her head is stuffed with cotton wool. She spouts doggerell and dances, and that's about all she does. As for Ojo and Unc Nunkie--ge ...more
Christine Blachford
Sep 12, 2014 rated it liked it
It's always fun to see an author resurrect a series that they had previously finished off so neatly. After tying up all the loose ends in the last book, Baum has to concede the children love Oz too much not to hear from there again, and hey presto, another story.

I thought this one got off to a bit of a slow start, with monosyballic Unc and a mediocre journey to the wizard. However, when things go wrong and the Patchwork Girl is created, the traditional adventures start to begin - many strange ch
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Patchwork Girl of Oz🍒🍒🍒🍒
Land of Oz # 7
By Baum

This book introduces us to Ojo, The Unlucky, a munchkin boy, who sets out on a quest to save his Uncle, Unc Nunkie from starvation, and begins by visiting old friend Dr. Pipt. Dr. Pipt demonstrated his 'Powder of Life' which animates any object it touches with magic words. He invented this powder for his wife, Margolette, to bring a patchwork doll to life to be her slave. However, another of Dr. Pipts inventions, the Liquid of Petrifacation, h
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In this story it tells of a boy and his uncle that live in a secluded area in the land of Oz. They are very poor and there land is not supporting them enough, so they start travel to the Emerald City. They hop e to find a more plentiful place to live, on the way they stop at a house to rest and then a brand new adventure begins. Read the book to find out just what happens next to these new characters and how they meet the patchwork girl.

I liked reading this book; I thought the author had several
Nostalgia Reader
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bn-silver-fish
A very hasty wrap up to the quest that rendered the whole thing pointless, but overall an enjoyable installment.
A fun romp through the Land of Oz...
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
Richard Knight
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This book starts off well, but the latter half after the new crew leaves the Emerald City is like all the previous books. Meet new residents of Oz, toss in some puns, and a deus ex machina conclusion for good measure. There are also two instances where I feel like the author forgot the narrative thread they were going for, and then just said, screw it. Let's keep moving. Some fun moments to be sure, but the second half could have been better.
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also wrote under the name Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers, Schuyler Stanton, 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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