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Ozma of Oz Paperback – October 31, 2013
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Our adventurous heroine Dorothy is on a ship bound for Australia with her Uncle Henry. She is tossed overboard during a storm at sea, but manages to save herself by grabbing on to a chicken coop and using it as a raft. Dorothy arrives safely at the outskirts of the Land Of Oz, where she meets a talking chicken named Billina and a mechanical man named Tik-Tok. After escaping the horrible Wheelers and a frightening Princess who wants to add Dorothy's head to her collection of human heads (this tempermental Princess wears different heads on different days!), Dorothy is reunited with her old friends the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. She also meets Ozma, the new ruler of Oz. Much of the action takes place in the neighboring Kingdom Of Ev. The Oz characters set out to rescue the Royal Family of Ev from the Gnome King. The devious Gnome King has transformed the Royal Family of Ev into collectable ornaments, and he plans to do the same to our beloved characters from Oz.
Baum's story is especially exciting and the cast of actors is excellent. This dramatization, presented on 2 CDS with a Total running time of 1 hour and 47 minutes, is highly recommended for all fans of Oz.
Ozma of Oz, the third installment, finds our Kansas heroine Dorothy on a steamship headed to Australia with her Uncle Henry when a violent storm throws her overboard and inside a chicken coop for shelter. The next morning she awakens to find a talking hen named Billina (her name was really Bill, but Dorothy thought it was too masculine so she changed it) with her and once ashore finds out they're not in Oz, but another fairy country called Ev. The pair discover a new friend Tik-Tok, a mechanical man whose thought, action, and speech are operated by three separate windings on his round copper body, as well as new foes the freakish Wheelers (men with wheels instead of hands and feet) and the vain Princess Langwidere who spends her days in her castle swapping and admiring her vast collection of heads. After being rescued by Princess Ozma and some old friends (including the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion)as well as a few new (The Hungry Tiger who longs to eat a fat baby, but can't bring himself to do so because of his conscience), they join the royal expedition to the underground kingdom of the wicked Nome King, who has imprisoned the Queen of Ev and her ten children. Will they conquer the Metal Monarch or all become prisoners themselves?
The cast does a wonderful job with their characters. The actress voicing Dorothy doesn't try to imitate Judy Garland and delivers a performance that's a bit scared at times but still headstrong and determined to do what's right.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not a reading of the book, the story is there but does not replace an audiobook.Published 8 months ago by M O'Connell
I had no idea that Baum wrote 15 Oz books. I am on the fifth now. The story changes and has new characters, but the regular ones keep showing up. I am enjoying the series.Published on May 12, 2014 by Teacher Tim