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Ozma of Oz

(Oz #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  18,235 Ratings  ·  842 Reviews

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

Paperback, 126 pages
Published 1907 by Reilly & Britton
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Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
After I finished the previous book of the series my reaction was, "Where the heck is Cowardly Lion and more importantly Dorothy?" I am an adult of twenty first century, but the reactions of kids of the early twentieth century were very similar. In fact L. Frank Baum admitted this in the preface for this installment.

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,
Jason Koivu
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The original title for this was...Ozma of Oz: A Record of Her Adventures with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, Billina the Yellow Hen, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, Tik-Tok, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger; Besides Other Good People too Numerous to Mention Faithfully Recorded Herein.

You gotta think Baum was just fucking with his readers at this point.

L. Frank Baum: Full-Time Author, Part-Time Prick

This time around Dorothy is on a voyage to Australia to help soothe her Uncle Henry's rattled ner
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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
I like the fact that L. Frank Baum wrote this book to appeal to all of his young fans who wanted to know what happened to Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion after book two in the series.

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
Paul E. Morph
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dorothy returns to Oz (she wasn't in book two) and meets all the new characters from the last book and catches up with all her friends from book one.

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
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic, audiobook
3.5-4 stars I enjoyed book one and two of this series better.

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
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it
I just finished reading Ozma of Oz, third book in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. There was a funny quote near the end. Ozma, speaking to Dorothy, says, "You see, in this country are a number of youths who do not like to work, and the college is an excellent place for them." There are a number of such youths in our country today!

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
This is my favorite Oz book so far and would make an amazing movie. It makes me a little sad that kids aren't still reading this series and that the internet isn't filled with Ozma kitch. If I dressed like Ozma for Halloween, would anyone recognize me? I'm guessing not, and that makes me a little sad.

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
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Still loopy but a tad darker. Again, haven't read this in ages; if anything, I remember it better from the cult classic Return to Oz movie, which made for an interesting comparison.

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
Gary Sundell
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dorothy returns in this 3rd book in the classic Oz series. This book introduces the Gnome King who is a recurring villian in future books.
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m so glad that Dorothy returned to the land of oz and met many new characters!
Lydia Presley
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, childhood, fiction
Shortly into reading Ozma of Oz I started having strange flashbacks. You know those kind of flashbacks when parts of your youth you have forgotten come creeping in and making you think.. did this happen or was it deja vu?

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
I believe what makes a great children's classic is that it can be read by anyone at any age and be enjoyable. I found the first book in this series amazingly creative. And I liked the second volume, as the author emphasizes such political issues as equality for all. But for me, this one was specifically written for children, as it all seems rather silly. Baum brings back the original characters, including Dorothy, just to bring them back to his audience but not in service to a good story. That's ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics, fiction, kids
I have to say I was quite disappointed with this book. The storyline and characters were just as good as ever - Billina the chicken is perfectly adorable! However, Dorothy makes a reappearance in this book, and it seems that she has made some major regression in her ability to speak proper English. I think Auntie Em should be concerned enough to have a developmental evaluation and consider some interventions. Seriously, though, my only guess is that Baum chooses to have Dorothy speak poor Englis ...more
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Another fun instalment in the Oz series - so far, I've vastly preferred the sequels to the original.

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
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who enjoy great books
Several thoughts on this one.

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
Hollie Turner
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I loved this book ... possibly even more than the first two. My only reasoning for not giving it 5 stars was that The Cowardly Lion seemed to be a coward again, despite being given courage by the Wizard from the first book and that made me sad. This was the only problem I had but as a whole. This is my favourite Oz book so far. I also noticed that a lot of 'Ozma of Oz' was used as inspiration for the second Wizard of Oz movie ('Return to Oz') which I really liked.

I loved the concept of the Wheel
Nostalgia Reader
3.5 stars.

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
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was always my favorite of the series, and I loved revisiting this magical world.
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh Billina! Billina is such a sweetie! I imagined she had an African American accent- makes her conversations more interesting.
Ady Weasley
Seré muy honesta leí el maravilloso Mago de Oz y Ozma de Oz solo porque tengo una ligera obsesión con Dorothy debe Morir! De Danielle Paige y quería entender un poco de la historia

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
R. Kitt
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars

I enjoyed the previous two books more but I liked this one too!
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, x-read-2017
I'm actually quite enjoying the Oz books.
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...)
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This was the other Oz book I was given as a child, and my favourite of the two. I loved idea of the lunchbox tree and the dinnerpail tree! Reading it again forty-some years later, I still do, though my attitude toward Billina-the-hen has changed. First time around I found her amusing; this time she sounds like a bossy mother-substitute. Which works, because suddenly Dorothy talks like a four-year-old with her "auto'biles" and "baby cabs." Um...excuse me. I'm from the Midwest myself and "baby cab ...more
We began reading Ozma of Oz on a five year old birthday, which meant waiting a whole week since finishing The Land of Oz from Christmas. The chief appeal as a child had been for me the guessing game, and the Nome King did not disappoint my five year old.

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
I like that Dorothy is back in Oz for this story and that it was in answer, by the author, for the clamoring of his young readers. Although Dorothy came across as an extreme snob in several scenes. As do the Tin Man and Scarecrow, which also happened in the second book making me wonder if their individual kingdom ruling ruined them from their first appearances. Dorothy is too young to be this snooty. I may be the only one who sees this, but they really come across as feeling themselves more impo ...more
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: maeve, ereader
A great adventure story to read aloud, especially for girls. We loved the horrible princess with the interchangeable heads, and all the other characters. We found a free ebook of an illustrated edition which made it nice to look at too, maybe from the Internet Archive.
Andrew Greatbatch
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
The first half of this was disappointing, but as it got to about half the way through, it returned to the things that I enjoyed the most about the first two Oz books.

This book is full of little cameo appearances by characters from the first two, some funny and some happy.
Kathy Worrell  ツ
Very adventurous and wholly entertaining!!

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!
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also wrote under the name Edith Van Dyne, Floyd Akers

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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Oz (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
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  • The Road to Oz (Oz, #5)
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“You see, in this country are a number of youths who do not like to work, and the college is an excellent place for them.” 56 likes
“I've married a man who owns nine cows," said Jinjur to Ozma, "and now I am happy and contented and willing to lead a quiet life and mind my own business."

"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.”
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