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The Tin Woodman of Oz

(Oz #12)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,377 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Join the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow as they journey across the fantastic magical Land of Oz in search of the Tin Woodman's long-lost sweetheart. In a series of adventures sure to thrill Oz fans both old and new, these beloved friends face such challenges as a selfish giantess and a group of quarrelsome dragons--all to fulfill a promise made long ago to a beautiful Munch ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published August 21st 1998 by Books of Wonder (first published May 13th 1918)
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Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
The story of Tin Woodman was told in the first book, right after we got to meet him initially. To remind you about his origin, he was a normal human being who fell in love with a girl working (slavering would be a better word) for a Wicked Witch. The latter did not want to lose her maidservant so she used her magic ultimately creating Tin Woodman as a result. The guy was caught in the rain and rusted until Dorothy and Co. found him and oiled his joints. He went adventuring with them never lookin ...more
Paul E. Morph
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Possibly my favourite Oz book so far. A proper quest (I'm a sucker for a good quest; it's the next best thing to a good, old-fashioned dungeon crawl) with a proper goal and plenty of twists along the way. Baum even delves into Dr. Frankenstein territory in places; the horror... the horror...
Collin Bost
Sep 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like talking decapitated heads
Don't get me wrong: the 1939 version of Wizard of Oz is, excepting the flying monkeys, one hundred minutes of unadulterated Technicolor joy. But if you're familiar with Return to Oz, you'll have an idea of how bizarre and playfully bent Oz can become. The key word is playful. In Return to Oz, the weirdness gets a little dark, but in the original books, Baum never forgets to have fun, even when his plots take morbid twists. You should probably start with the first two Oz books, but then I suggest ...more
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite highlights of this volume:

* The Tin Woodman is off to find his lover of old -- with the conquest to marry! (Oh my goodness, this is such a fun soap opera to watch as it plays out. And it's for kids. And adults. Ha!)

* Randomly (and oh-so hilariously) the Scarecrow grows a bump on his back. SCARECROW IS A HUMPBACK! Ahhhh! I never saw it coming...

* Annnnd... The Tin Woodman meets his twin. Who'd of thunk it?! I love this book so much.

Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. (Well, Mr. B
Garrett Kilgore
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed this one as much as I did when I first read it in 6th Grade. The story is well plotted and the adventures are pretty Grand. In true Baum fashion it’s much more about the journey than it is the goal, which is welcome in this case.
Kate Willis
This book is so weird, and I'm glad I've read it because every once in a while there will be an opportune time to reference it and weird people out. :D
Feb 20, 2019 added it
Listen. Re-reading these books as an adult is… an experience. With every book your creeping sense of unease grows. You will have Questions. (They will not be Answered.) But nothing is quite as bad as the moment in this book when it is casually mentioned that Oz used to be a perfectly ordinary land, until a passing fairy turned it into a Fairy Land, at which point everyone became immortal by way of having their ages were frozen. Children are, eternally, children. Infants will literally never grow ...more
Karen Kay
Love this series
Nathan Dehoff
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Tin Woodman of Oz , which is a century old this year and hence the main theme of the upcoming OzCon, was the third Oz book I read, way back in 1989. After reading Wizard and Land, I checked to see what the local library had, and it was this and Cowardly Lion, as well as The Sea Fairies and Sky Island. So I knew about Ozma, and I think I'd heard before that Dorothy eventually returned to Oz to live, but there were a few mentions of characters I was unfamiliar with, like Polychrome and Tiny T ...more
Been awhile since I had read one of these. They are so much the same that reading them one after another is kind of a little annoying. And yet this one left me interested in reading the next one immediately. As usual it was a travelogue visiting odd new characters. But at least there was a relatively interesting and reasonable mission. Definitely worth reading aloud to children and one of the better books but still only bubblegum at best. 3.5 of 5.
Nathan Sizemore
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it

This has to be one of the more unsettling Oz books. Baum confirms that not only does no one die in Oz, they don't age either. Babies stay babies. Old men stay old men. And body parts stay alive even after the spirits of their owners have moved on to tin bodies. And tin smiths might keep those living body parts, like severed heads, on a shelf in his workshop. And he might decide to sew the parts of different people together to make a new person.

Baum has always toyed with morbid subjects. T
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
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
So, if you've seen my other Oz series reviews you already know that I don't mince words, and this review won't be any different. This installment in the Oz series picks up a pretty significant dropped thread from earlier in the saga: Nick Chopper, a.k.a. the Tin Woodsman, jilted a Munchkin girl. Yes, it's true. Allegedly he jilted her because of his enchantment-induced heartlessness. The trouble with this is that as readers, we're all entirely aware of the little bit of dramatic irony that the b ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it liked it
This was not my favorite Oz book, but it was nice returning to the magical, wonderful Land of Oz once again, where no one ages, few die, and anything is possible. This was the third of L. Frank Baum's Oz series that I have read (with my son); the other two were the first, "The Wizard of Oz," and Book 3, "Ozma of Oz." While there may be merits to reading the books chronologically, my experiences have been that you can pick up any book in the series without feeling lost in the world of Baum's crea ...more

Years ago I read the L. Frank Baum Oz books. I jumped around a lot, reading the initial ten, and a few of the Ruth Plumly Thompson ones as well. I somehow never got around to reading the last three of Baum’s, a mistake I am hereby rectifying. The twelfth book in the series, The Tin Woodman of Oz, is a great, refreshing treat, albeit a warped and twisted one, but only in the height of Oz-ian fashion.

Nick Chopper, The Tin Woodman, is reigning in the West country of the Winkies. He grows nostalgic
Drew Jameson
Feb 08, 2010 rated it liked it
In the original book of the Wizard of Oz it's explained that the tin woodman was once a normal woodman who fell in love with a girl named Nimee Amee who worked for the wicked witch of the west. To stop him from stealing her servant, the witch enchanted his axe so that, every time he used it, it would cut off one of his limbs. When he accidentally cut off his arm, he had a tinsmith replace it with a tin arm. This continued until he cut off every part of his body, including his head, and had it re ...more
May 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, oz
We all know the story of how an ordinary woods man came to be made of tin due to the love of a young lady, an evil witch and an cursed ax, but what ever happened to the lady?

When young Woot the wanderer asks that question the TIn man and scarecrow decided to find out.
Along the way they are sidetracked by a snooty giant, a magic spell, a damsel in distress, a new friend and a straw eating dragon.

Lots of great fantasy bits, humor and a very funny ending. One of the best of the Oz books.
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
The series has its ups and downs but I guess I always like those books best that are kind of original but still fit into the well-known setting. I thought this one was a little slow sometimes but it was nevertheless a good read. It's great to see how accused I grew to the randomness of the stories.
Steve Shilstone
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Grab your favorite stuffed animal, settle into bed, and imagine Grampa Frank telling you all about Woot the Wanderer and Polychrome, the Rainbow's daughter, and The Tin Woodman and The Tin Soldier and The Scarecrow and how they went about searching for the young Munchkin woman, Nimmee Amee.
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the concept for this story. I loved how it tied into one of the original concepts in the first story, and how it had a decidedly more adult slant toward the end of the book.
Jason Pettus
Sep 19, 2009 rated it liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. 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
#OzAThon Book 12

So, that was something. And I mean that in a more positive way than expected.

Unlike other Oz books that have a famous character on the title but actually nothing to do with him, this book is, for most of the part, really about Nick Chopper aka The Tin Woodman. Rejoice! A title that makes sense!

The hook for the plot is also fairly interesting. Remember that super dark and violent story about the Tin Woodman‘s past? You know, the jolly tale about a good man who fell in love with a
Ben Truong
The Tin Woodman of Oz is the twelfth book in the Oz series written by L. Frank Baum and centered on the Tin Woodman is reunited with his Munchkin sweetheart Nimmie Amee from the days when he was flesh and blood.

Lyman Frank Baum died two hundred years ago this May (6 May, 1919) and in commemoration of this event, I thought it would be apropos to read his magnum opus – the Oz series, which I hope to read this month.

The Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow are regaling each other with tales at the Woodman
Bob Newman
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tin King Seeks Old Love, Meets Self

Nick Chopper, the woodcutter who became the Tin Woodman and Emperor of the Winkies, was once enamored of the maltreated servant of the erstwhile Wicked Witch of the East, the one who got flattened by Dorothy's house all those years ago. That evil witch had cursed his ax, making it chop off limbs step by step. A skilled tinsmith replaced each one with tin. Now, suddenly he begins to wonder whatever happened to her. The catalyst is a visit by a complete unknown,
Suren Oganessian
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
At times morbid, at other times hilarious, this installment really ought to have been the 3rd or 4th book (but then of course, how would Baum's young fans have survived two books in a row without their precious Dorothy? Sigh.) Instead we've waited this long for the Tinman to finally think "Hey wait a minute, whatever DID happen to that girl I was in love with?!" While you could in theory just read the books out of order, certain continuity details place this book firmly where it is in the series ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of two Oz books by Baum that I had never read - now I have all 14 of them! This is the story of Nick Chopper with a brief backstory of how he became a tin man, but is primarily about his search for Nimmie Amee, his former sweetheart, whom he feels obliged to marry even though his new tin heart cannot love. He meets Woot the Wanderer; later Polychrome, the Rainbow's daughter, also shows up, as does a tin soldier who is his rival for Nimmie's hand. Their adventures while looking for her make u ...more
Sean McBride
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
This wasn't one of the stronger Oz books. The problem that Baum seems to have is that he wants to showcase the fairy world of Oz, so the characters end up going on adventures throughout the land. In theory this is a great idea, but the problems arise when Baum has his characters end up in "Random Encounters". There were multiple chapters in this book where the characters met some kind of adversary, but nothing that happened in that interaction had anything to do with the story, so in effect, Bau ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Probably my least favorite of the Oz canon. It's not bad, just...ho hum, I think because there are more jokes in here for the adults than the kids. The idea of the Tin Woodman going off to find the Munchkin woman he promised to marry, after... I dunno, decades? likely wouldn't inspire much interest in the kiddies, and the adults would just be laughing at the nonsensical idea that a woman would wait around for a man. On the plus side, it's got a nice strong female character who laughs at both Nic ...more
John Anthony Smith
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
The major theme out of this book is self awareness. The Tinman meets Nick Chopper’s, or his head. The main question that Baum addresses is what part of you makes your personage. It is easy to decipher that you are more than your appendages, via your arms and legs. The next major question is which constitutes you, your head or body? But the answer according to Baum is that you are you consciousness. Your head is not you without your consciousness. The Tinman was Nick Chopper with only the Nick’s ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, series
From what I understand, it seems Baum would have preferred to get away from writing the Oz stories, however, other books he wrote never had the same level of readership or popularity, so he was compelled to return to Oz. Yet, he manage, in my opinion, to still write his other stories within the Oz books. The Oz series are filled with chapter after that seem to me to be short stories that could stand alone. He does try to loop back sometimes, but by and large, I think he he found peace with his s ...more
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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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“If you desire it," promised the Tin Woodman, leaning back in his tin throne and crossing his tin legs. "I haven't related my history in a long while, because everyone here knows it nearly as well as I do. But you, being a stranger, are no doubt curious to learn how I became so beautiful and prosperous, so I will recite for your benefit my strange adventures.” 2 likes
“A beautiful girl is much superior to a little yellow bird, and a boy—such as I was—far better than a Green Monkey.” 0 likes
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