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The Emerald City of Oz (Oz #6)

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 189 pages
Published August 18th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1910)
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Evgeny
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The book consists of two completely different plotlines that kind of converge in the end with "kind of" being the key word.

Plotline 1: Dorothy finally realized it would be a good idea to bring her aunt and uncle to the Land of Oz. She was made a princess of that land several books ago, but waited for a while before realizing it might be a good idea to bring her only living relatives to the magic place. Actually she waited until her uncle's health became so bad he could not work on his farm anym
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Emily
I liked The Emerald City of Oz a bit better than the last two. There was still an element of characters taking a trip just so Mr. Baum can show off all the other ideas he has for interesting creatures (Look! These ones are living jigsaw puzzles! And over here we have animated flatware! And these people can't stop talking!) but on the whole there was more plot than we've seen for a few books.

First of all, there was some actual evil in the form of the Nome King and his General Guph. And there was
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Sara Santos
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the last book.
Line Bookaholic
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dorothy’s Aunt and Uncle are in trouble at the farm. They do not have enough money to pay everything and they might be expulsed. Dorothy says to them they could go and live in Oz with her and Ozma agrees to that. So, once again, we found ourselves in the beautiful Land of Oz where Dorothy is going to live some great adventures and meet some new people.

Like every time I read an Oz story, I’m amazed at how funny it is. This seems like it was the last story about Oz but I know there are many others
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M
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Baum totally woke himself up out of the daze he'd been in for a couple of books and comes up with an awesome set of villains, some real sense of _stakes_ (not since "Ozma" had he really gone for that), this great country mouse/city mouse stuff with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry IN OZ, and even a cool quasi-ending to the series...though of course we know that wouldn't last.
Shoshana
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fun!
Even though this book is mainly just Dorothy and friends wandering around Oz while the Nome King builds an army and a tunnel and no one does anything about it, I actually really like it a lot. I enjoy discovering the Flutterbudgets and Utensils and Bunburyans and Bunnyburyans and especially the Fuddles and Cuttenclips, not to mention the Whimsies. Oh, the Whimsies. They "had large, strong bodies, but heads so small that they were no bigger than door-knobs. Of course, such tiny heads could not co ...more
Garrett Zecker
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
Grace
Baum originally intended this to be the final Oz book. That didn't work at all, of course, but this book has a very definitive conclusion that's obviously intended to end the entire series. As far as ending a saga goes, he did a good job (even though it didn't last).

This book had more a plot than some, and it had an actual antagonist. The Nome King is a full-on bad guy, and Baum developed this story-telling element a step further by having two separate plots (the adventures of Dorothy, and the s
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Christine Blachford
I thought this was a really good Oz story, a little bit darker than previous affairs, but well balanced and well written. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of Dorothy and her friends travelling to different lands alongside the Nome soldier doing the same, except his purpose was to recruit an army to invade Oz.

I also thought it was about time Dorothy's aunt and uncle arrived in Oz, because through all their previous struggles it didn't make sense that they had so little while Oz had so much. It was fas
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Lori Anderson
Sep 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, for-zack
My son is six and we've been reading all the Oz books. They've done wonders for his reading comprehension and for his ability to just sit still and let me read three chapters at a time and have him actually understand and remember night to night what happened!

This book is where L. Frank Baum finally seems to get tired of writing about Oz and Dorothy and tidies everything up and says goodbye. Yet there are more books. We haven't picked up the next one yet (but will tonight) so I'm not sure what t
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Elf
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2017
I want to live in Utensia.
Atharva
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, Oz!!!! This is the paramount example of Classical Fairy tale for kids. Yeah, just for kids. The collection receives an average four stars. Well, the story revolves around Dorothy Gale a young girl from Kansas who has been swept away to the magical land of Oz and she has some wonderful adventures exploring the East, West, North, South of Oz and meeting the Munchkins and the other regional people of Oz. There are about a hundred characters in Oz. Main about 20. The oz is a great land and dif ...more
Markus
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't know when I finished this book but it was in January at some time. This is, I believe, the sixth book of the Oz series. It's a better one because there are some actual formidable villains. The Nome King wants to capture Oz and enlists the help of wicked monsters far more powerful than he is. They all want to kill the mortals who live in Oz and enslave the immortal ones. (You know fairies and the like)

The subplot is very sub. Ozma brings Dorothy's Aunt Em and Uncle Henry to move to Oz (real
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Dustin Reade
This is the first Oz book I have read, and I liked it. A lot. Actually, I would almost say I loved it. Sure, there were quite a few parts that dragged on a bit, and it was obvious Old L. Baum was making up most of it as he went along, but that didn't really bother me. After all, it is young adult fantasy written for children who are all over the age of one-hundred by now.
The ending though, was too much. Too quick. There was absolutely no foreshadowing at all. Solutions to problems were proposed
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Christina
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uncle Henry and Aunt Em face financial difficulties. Conveniently, Dorothy happens to be a Princess of Oz where she is more than welcome to visit, so she wishes them all into Oz with the use of Ozma's Magic Belt. Meanwhile Roquat, the King of Nomes, is gathering an army and digging a tunnel to the Emerald City to seek vengeance and reclaim his Magic Belt.

The Emerald City of Oz was a delightful read, with not a dull moment in sight. We are introduced to an abundance of people living in Oz, so man
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Jennifer
A pretty disjointed book--it's sixth in the series, and Baum is clearly getting pretty tired of writing whimsical things, but hasn't yet resigned himself to it as in the later books. In fact, this one ends with Baum announcing there will be no more Oz books...a promise that probably lasted all of months, as Oz readers were quite demanding.

This book has some fascinating subtexts about alliances between untrustworthy people, as a variety of horrible nations set up a complicated set of alliances to
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Robyn
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked all the pastry puns when they went to that town where everything was made of bread. I didn't realize so many jokes existed about it! And when they went to Utensia, & there were some cutlery puns. It was cute! I also liked that finally, Aunt Em & Uncle Henry got to join Dorothy in Oz. it was nice getting to know them as actual characters. It was almost anti-climactic how they defeated their enemies & saved Oz, but it was pretty funny to imagine how it happened. I also wondered ...more
Scot
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This was a sweet one and meant to be the end of the Oz Saga, I am sure Baum was ready to move on to the next phase of his career and wrapped up the story of Dorothy with a neat bow. I rated it high mainly for a couple of chapters which were by far the funniest in the series thus far due to the amazing use of puns. I split my sides laughing which I had not done in any of the previous 5. I think I will take a break from the series now.
Michael
Apr 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Technically the "final" book in the Oz series, and one that wraps up the history of the country and its zany inhabitants quite nicely. After this it's one wacky adventure after another in each book. All have pretty similar storylines with different characters taking on leading roles. They're fun, but that's about it. EXCEPT for the next book in the series (The Patchwork Girl of Oz), which is hands-down my favorite. That quilted doll is IL-AIR-E-OUS!
Pete
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
The first Oz book since book 3 that had a resemblance of a plot. Then the plot was simplified. Then the plot was forgotten. Then the plot was remembered and disposed in about five pages.

This was to be the last Oz book. It turns out he wrote nine more that I pray my son does not request to read.

Read the first three books then STOP!!
Sherwood Smith
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I loved these books when thirteen. Now they don't hold up quite as well, yet Baum is so interesting, and what he was trying to do is so interesting, and above all, the Oz community is so interesting, that I maintain my unstinting loyalty.
Leo
Jul 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, classics
This book was alright. Some parts go off the deep end with eye-rolling puns. I like a good pun now and then, but give me a break. Some of the peoples the character meet seem to be there just so Baum can puntificate on the myriad of puns available in utensia and bunville.
Lea Patrick
I've been reading all of the oz books and while this one dragged in the middle somewhat it connected me more to Ozma than any of the previous books and I really love this book for the life lessons we could all learn from Ozma.
Nick Mellish
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In today's trip to Oz (a far better one than recent books, albeit extremely episodic), there is a trial run by pun-slinging spoons, a world of sentient jigsaw pieces, a chicken boasting about a pearl necklace, and Toto massacring a land of living bread.

I wish I could be as tripped out as Baum.
Issa
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I am still trying to work my way through Baum's Oz books, but it's tough. His writing style is a little stilted and the way he writes Dorothy's speech is annoying. I guess the Oz books are going to be one of the exceptions to the rule about books being better than movies.
Elijah Libert
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not a four star book, it is a 4.5. Because it was a good book until the end when it said that it was the last book, but it really was not. Which makes it confusing.
Jason Pettus
Sep 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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 tha
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J.J. Mainor
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This felt like two entirely separate books with the different plotlines. I enjoyed the half with the Nomes and the General's efforts at coalition building, but I was utterly bored with Dorthy and her senseless journey. In previous books, the central character (usually Dorothy) had a mission, going from Point A to Point B and encountered the fantasy elements and met new friends along the way. Here though, there is no reason for her and her group to travel and meet these people other than to go an ...more
Ira Livingston
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sean McBride
It seems fairly obvious to me that Baum had some very mixed emotions about Oz when it came down to writing this book. He wanted to get as much world building as possible to make sure that there was an everlasting legacy surrounding Oz, but he also wanted to build a terrible amount of suspense. The reason for all this was because this was supposed to be the last Oz book. Through his correspondence, he is very obviously tired of writing for children (or at least in the world of Oz), but because th ...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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