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Ozma of Oz
Readers of all ages will welcome the chance to be reunited with Dorothy Gale and such beloved characters as the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, as well as to meet new favorites such as the Hungry Tiger, whose appetite is never satisfied; Princess Langwidere, who has thirty heads; Billina, a talking chicken; and Tiktok, a mechanical man.
Blown overboard while sail...more
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And so the author had to include these in this book somehow. He did, which gradually lead to overpopulation of the Land of Oz in the following books: more characters were introduced, ...more
You gotta think Baum was just fucking with his readers at this point.
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This time around Dorothy is on a voyage to Australia to help soothe her Uncle Henry's rattled ner ...more
For those who have not read books 1 and 2, please note that some details below will contain spoilers about those books.
I only gave this book 4 stars though, mainly because the character of Dorothy just bugged me throughout. Also this book dragged a lot, unlike with book one and two I had a hard time just reading this ...more
I love this one and was a little scared of the Wheelers and the Nomes when I first had it read to me as a child. With my adult eyes, they're not so scary. Honest.
I've rated this 5 stars to stop my five-year-old self travelling through time to beat the poop out of me but I did have one slight problem with this book: whatever happened to the Cowardly ...more
Dorothy is on a ship with her uncle, headed to Australia, when a storm hits and she ends up going overboard with a hen (Billina, originally named Bill). The two unlikely companions wash ashore and have an adventure together, meeting the less than ferocious Wheeler creatures, a copper man named (Tik-Tok), a vain Princess of the Land of Ev (missing a rightful queen) who wants to trade Dorothy's head with one from her sprawling collection ...more
I like the Oz books quite a bit so far, although I was a little distracted by the way Dorothy spoke in this book, leaving out vowels all over the place, pronouncing word ...more
The book starts with Dorothy and a yellow hen surviving a shipwreck by riding a chicken coop to shore. Upon landing, the (previously ordinary) yellow hen becomes enchanted and begins to talk. The ...more
But this one gives you lots of fun with Dorothy and the delightful queen Ozma, not to mention an intrepid hen given powers of speech by transition to the fairylands, one of the most Grimm's-ian villains yet with the Nome King and his dangerous guessing game, and my deep and abiding favorite Tik-Tok, whose wind-up pers ...more
Turns out - it did happen! This book was the biggest influence on Disney's 1985 movie, Return to Oz. I knew the changing heads woman was something I hadn't thought up of on my own!
So, once my curiosity was appeased I settled in to enjoy the wildly fun ride Ozma of Oz gave me. An ...more
I have so much fun reading with the Spider, and discovering all of these older books that I was never exposed to as a child. I love that she really gets a lot of the humour in the books that we read now, and I love every time that I have to stop reading. I love that we have the same weird sense of humour. Our favourite line, right at the end: “I've married a man who owns nine cows.". Living the d ...more
I love how Dorothy is completely resilient, calm, and optimistic in the face of extreme danger. I mean, it's also pretty ridiculous - at the beginning of the book, a storm throws her overboard with nothing but a chicken coop to keep her afloat on the vast ocean, and she is "more amused than frightened at her sudden change of condition," gives "a sigh of regret at parting with Uncle Henry," and promptly goes to sleep. Like, what? Yeah, uh, ok. Still, I really apprecia ...more
I loved the concept of the Wheel ...more
Slower and bit more "obvious" in the plot line, but still an enjoyable installment in the series! I particularly loved Tik-Tok describing Smith and Tinker--falling into paintings and building a ladder to the moon? WHERE IS THIS IN FULL STORY FORM, I DEMAND IT. <3
Pero por lo menos este libro se me hizo un poco tedioso, me faltaba emoción y la historia a mi gusto fue un poco floja.
Si a eso le sumamos un incidente en la edición es decir páginas en blanco con el cual perdí por lo menos un capítulo....pues que puedo decirles
Quizás es un libro adecuado para la época en la que fue es ...more
And I'm discovering that the details in the numerous film and tv adaptations I've seen, are a lot more accurate than I expected.
(In this case particularly, an adaptation by Syfy (I think it was called 'the Witches of Oz' or something similar, where the witches had detachable heads. I thought it was far-fetched, turns out it's from this book in the series. Granted, it's not a witch, but Princess Langwidere who has the replacable heads, but still...)
Billina knowing a secret had us talking about secrets all week, but more important than knowing a secret is knowing that the least imposing character, a chicken, can save the day. Precisely because she's unnoticed and not taken to be significan ...more
This book is full of little cameo appearances by characters from the first two, some funny and some happy.
Dorothy has somehow managed to undergo another unexpected trip into the World of Oz.
And what a creative story it was!
I love the mind of L. Frank Baum.
Thanks Alexandra for a great buddy read!
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 ...more
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"Where is your husband?" asked Ozma.
"He is in the house, nursing a black eye," replied Jinjur, calmly. "The foolish man would insist upon milking the red cow when I wanted him to milk the white one; but he will know better next time, I am sure.”