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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz #4)

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Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz was the fourth of 14 Oz books written by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919). Published in 1908, while Baum was resident in Coronado, California, it is considered one of the “darker” of the Oz tales. However, it also is enlivened by Baum’s considerable wit, penchant for puns, and dry social commentary. In this title, Dorothy, her kitten Eureka, Jim, a ca ...more
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Published May 31st 2006 by LibriVox.org (first published 1908)
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Evgeny
Dec 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Would I spoil things if I mention something that implied in the title? Yes, Dorothy got to Oz eventually, but it took her about two thirds of the book to finally arrive there. This time she was minding her own business riding from a train station to a Californian ranch where her uncle was waiting for her when she fell into a deep crack appearing as a result of an earthquake. She was shortly joined none other than the former Wizard of Oz himself. Trying to get to the surface they met a lot of fas ...more
Emily
Not my favorite Oz book. It just reads as a series of unrelated episodes as Dorothy and her companions stumble along under the earth trying to find their way to the surface again. There's the land of vegetable people and the land of creatures made out of wood and the land of invisible people, etc. None of the lands yielded any characters with real staying power.

And the inconsistencies make me wonder if Mr. Baum ever re-read his own books. In Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and Ozma arranged that Ozma would
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Akiko
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, audiobook
Dorothy is supposed to be meeting up with her uncle in California to visit family. She meets Zeb instead (her cousin), and the two of them, along with their pets (a horse and a cat), go for an adventure together because there is an earthquake and they fall through the earth . Mangaboos (vegetable people), self growing glass cities, lack of gravity, invisible people, cloud fairies, wooden gargoyles, dragons, etc.. Old friends are in this one too, and many new characters.

There is some reverse psyc
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Obsidian
Please note that this book will spoil events from books one through three. So if you haven't read those books, skip over this review.

My general feeling once I finished this book was eh.

I feel bad for saying this, but the charm of the first two Oz books has worn off of me. I had issues with book three but this one really did not gel for me at all. Maybe it's because two new characters sucked. A lot. And I was glad to be rid of them.

Yes. I am totally calling out a children's book right now for b
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Sara Santos
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5

Such a delightful and marvellous book!
Tabby
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  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
Gabriel C.
Sep 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2012
Yikes. This series is not moving in a good direction. Rampant sexism, as Dorothy gets to mispronounce words and cry while her male counterpart gets to think creatively about how to solve problems, participate physically in the solutions, and basically interact meaningfully with his surroundings. Massive xenophobia, as the little group hates almost all the countries they pass through, leading to casual genocide, as they light the wooden people on fire. Good riddance. There's a bunch of weird cont ...more
Emily
Yet another series that I read lots in my youth, and thus retain a fondness for, despite recognizing that Baum is only a middling writer, at best. His inventiveness, which is his greatest strength, often gets out of hand and doesn't lend itself to satisfying narratives with a beginning, middle, and end. And don't even get me started on the inconsistencies... But every now and then, he gets off a really good line:

"H.M.," said the Woggle-Bug, pompously, "means Highly Magnified; and T.E. means Thor
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J.M. Hushour
#4 in the original Baum Oz continuum and you can tell by this point that he was getting a little winded. The whole work comes across as a pandering to his pesky fans who kept demanding new works (he published one a year, it seems like) and is pretty sloppy. Dorothy and some redneck kid fall through a crack in the earth during an earthquake in California and, after randomly finding the original Wizard of Oz in an underground city made of glass, they have a series of unconnected, sometimes unremar ...more
Jessica
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable installation in the Oz series. These are such fun quick reads!
Shoshana
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: many
I really like this one. Baum is sometimes hit-or-miss with how interesting the different kinds of people his characters are constantly meeting are (good sentence, Sho), but he is pretty hit in Dorothy and the Wizard. The Mangaboos, the Valley of Vo, the dragonets, and the gargoyles are all neat, although I wish the dragon herself played a bigger role, and I wish we learned more about how the gargoyles came to be and why they fight and imprison all comers, and what they would have done with our f ...more
Nostalgia Reader
2.5 stars

This one was quite slow and a very skipable installment. There was no quest, just Dorothy and friends trying to find their way back to Earth. And the means to get there ended up being quite anticlimactic, especially since Dorothy could have used her connection with Ozma at any point in their journey. The animal characters, Eureka and Jim, were both annoying, although the little piglets were quite adorable. There also seemed to be some alternate history introduced here, edited from the h
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Sara Jesus
"O feiticeiro de Oz" é um dos meus livros favoritos da minha infância. Fiquei deliciada quando descobri ter continuação. É muito bom reencontrar Dorothy, the Wizard, o espantalho e o leão covarde... E também conhecer outras como a princesa Ozma, o Jim, a Eureka e a Zeb.

Fiquei fascinada pela princesa Ozma. Uma menina que é enganada toda a sua vida, acreditando que é menino e depois descobre que é uma princesa desaparecida. É ela a verdadeira rainha da cidade Esmeralda, conseguindo aos poucos ga
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Pete
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
A lot of super cool, imaginative ideas strung together by a thin plot. All of the favorite characters make it into the story by the end. Eh, my son enjoyed it.

Fun fact, during a murder trial I got to explain both murder and trials...sweet.
Stefani
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Kept falling asleep so not sure what I listened to. Must go back to it :/
Line Bookaholic
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another funny and wonderful story about Dorothy and her unconventional friends!
Bridget
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had to delete the blog review because it kept showing a larger picture of the book. Being the perfectionist I am sometimes, I just deleted it because it was getting on my nerves and I couldn't figure out what was going on. lol

I did enjoy the book, as I always do with the Oz books. Glad to be gradually working my way through these books. It was good to see many of the old characters from the first few books and of course some new ones.

Hopefully I will be able to get a couple more finished before
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Tarissa
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How fun! Due to an earthquake, Dorothy (and friends) fall through a crack in the ground, and they fall deep into the earth's core. There she discovers new fairy lands for herself.

Lots of intrigue in this Oz volume. Even – gasp! – an accusation of murder is rung out through the land of Oz. My, my!

I also liked how a little bit more was explained about how Oz became the leader of the land, being history that not even Dorothy knew previously.
Patrick Sprunger
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: completists only
Recommended to Patrick by: childhood
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2013
I've never considered Dorothy and The Wizard in Oz a particularly good installment in the Oz saga. As the author admits in his introduction, Dorothy and The Wizard was written as a concession to the numerous fan letters appealing to keep Dorothy and the Wizard bound together as a fixture in the ongoing stories of Oz. As only the fourth book - well before the full cast of characters and the complete dimensions of Oz itself were defined - Dorothy and The Wizard doesn't actually go anywhere. Appare ...more
Kaion
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Dorothy's traveling through San Francisco, when a earthquake occurs and she falls into the Earth. Once again, she's traveling through some dangerous magical lands, this time accompanied with her cat Eureka, her cousin Zeb, and his cab-horse Jim.

I couldn't help notice that this is the first book of the series where Baum doesn't proclaim it to be the last Oz book ever in the introduction. I guess by this point Baum was resigned to the selling power of Oz, and it sort of shows in how much of Doroth
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Carrie
Feb 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the The Wizard of Oz, but one of the sequels. Have you all ever read the Oz books? Because they are just plain odd. Baum was incredibly imaginative, and could dream up the most outlandish situations, for sure, but the books are a little bit crazy. Anyway, this one starts off in California, where earthquake causes Dorothy, her kitten, a boy named Zeb and a horse named Jim fall into the center of the earth. They land in a mysterious kingdom where they just happen to run into the Wizard (also t ...more
Keith
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever day-dream about falling into a crack in the earth and finding strange communities of people living underground? Me neither! Nor did I ever imagine that I'd read about a kitty on trial for murder! This one is strictly for those who can approach it as a child . . .

Sorry. I confess right up front that I'm being completely uncritical here. If I were critical about the preposterous concepts, the lack of development of the new worlds visited, the flake-outs of the continuity of the series, or th
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Elderberrywine
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Sooooo - Dorothy, the Wizard, and friends fall into the center of the Earth during an earthquake (this was written two years after the Big One in San Fransisco BTW), where it is oddly not particularly hot, but full of lands populated with all sorts of Odd Beings. They manage, after two thirds of the book, to get within a stone wall of the Earth's surface, only to be trapped in a cave with no outlet.

But wait! Ozma and Dorothy had an agreement that Ozma would check Dorothy's whereabouts every afte
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Amy
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books-read
Dorothy begins her adventures to strange lands, once again, as the result of a natural disaster. This time, the disaster is an earthquake. She and her companions (eventually including the Wizard of Oz) fall deep into the earth where they meet many strange people in the various countries there. Among the strange people groups they meet are people who grow on bushes and are vegetable rather than meat inside, people who become invisible because of a type of fruit they eat, and wooden gargoyles with ...more
Alexandra
Feb 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What did I just read? I can see why people say this series of books lost quality as they go on, but I thought they meant further along. I didn't realise they meant ""book 4". I wasn't that keen on the third book.

In this book, we have plotholes, continuity errors and a whole lot of retcons. And I think Dorothy had a lobotomy sometime between this book and the last.

And the less I say about the blatant sexism, the better. I'm not sure if I'll read the next one ever, but I know if I do, it's going
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Tatuu
Predictable but still a fun read.
Kat!e Larson
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm impressed that these books have managed to stay original. Each one has fresh characters, worlds, and magic. Each feels like a new fairytale.
Wendy
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Dorothy gets in a carriage with Eureka, the kitten, Zeb, the driver, and Jim, the horse, she has no idea she is going to have another adventure. A earthquake strikes and the party falls through a crack in the earth and ends up in a town made of glass. The animals can talk now and they are completely lost. They meet up with the old wizard of Oz and discover that they are not welcome in this glass city. How will they reach the top of the earth and how will they survive?

One of my favorites, al
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Kathy Worrell  ツ
Buddy read

3.0 Stars from me.

I enjoy L. Frank Baum's sense of humor. He creates wonderful stories with the best "word play."

He's an amazing writer, I just didn't think this story was as adventurous as some of the others.

I can't wait to see what my reading partner had to say.

Richard Knight
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people don't seem to like this book because the title is misleading, but honestly, I only really liked the book when Dorothy and the Wizard WEREN'T in Oz. The surrounding world beneath the Earth, and the other strange territories were super inventive and fun, and I actually think this is the best book since the first one, since the two in-between seemed more like fan service rather than actual stories. I also think the Wizard is probably the most engaging an interesting character in thi ...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)
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
  • Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)
  • 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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“H.M.," said the Woggle-Bug, pompously, "means Highly Magnified; and T.E. means Thoroughly Educated. I am, in reality, a very big bug, and doubtless the most intelligent being in all this broad domain."
"How well you disguise it," said the Wizard.”
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“Well," said Dorothy, "I was born on a farm in Kansas, and I guess that's being just as 'spectable and haughty as living in a cave with a tail tied to a rock. If it isn't I'll have to stand it, that's all.” 3 likes
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