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Ozma of Oz Paperback – October 31, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1619492011 ISBN-10: 1619492016

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Baum Press (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619492016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619492011
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

L[yman] Frank Baum, born in Chittenango, New York, in 1856, tried his hand at numerous professions but didn't discover until the age of forty that his true talent lay in writing of fantastic tales. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the first of the fourteen full-length Oz novels, is his most famous work, but he is also known for his many other fantasies and pseudonymous books.

Customer Reviews

Such a creative continuation of the original story.
Magen Martin
I love every last story by L. Frank Baum, he was an extremely talented and wise author.
L. Kaba
This is the third book of the series and I am truly enjoying them.
Victor Davidson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin J. Rebbert on July 8, 2013
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There are no pictures in this edition at all. Most, maybe all, of the original editions did have some pictures, which I would have liked to have seen. Also, as with the other free editions in this series, there are many typographical errors, mainly misspellings. There is also the occasional bit of text that's randomly bold for no apparent reason. I suspect that a printed copy of the book was scanned and run through OCR, with no follow-up accuracy check.

The story itself is pretty good. Although all of this series is clearly written for children, it's entertaining enough for adults to enjoy reading as well. But as an adult, I couldn't help but notice that many of the characters in all of these Oz stories, including the central characters, are often conceited, arrogant, and rude, yet at the same time, quite polite about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Kaba on December 21, 2012
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I can't get enough of these wonderful stories, so full of adventure and sweet friendships. What an amazing fantasy world to have the joy of visiting, and such eccentric characters! I love every last story by L. Frank Baum, he was an extremely talented and wise author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on April 9, 2013
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this is an awesome book everyone should read it! OZ IS AWESOME!!!!!

--Swordstar of thunderclan

p.s: I have a gathering to attend.
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By StrangePegs on November 15, 2014
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Because The Woggle-Bug Book, is not included as one of the Oz books, Ozma of Oz is considered the third book in the series. Despite the fact that the book is not really about Ozma (introduced in The Marvelous Land of Oz), it gets her name. She doesn't even show up until more than 1/3 into it and hardly takes center-stage after that. The title, though, is probably the greatest weakness of the book. So far, I'm enjoying each of these more than the previous one. Being only three books in, though, that's not saying much.

In a broad, cultural sense, Ozma of Oz may be the most significant of the Oz books. It introduces the character Tiktok, who is considered by many to be the first use of a robot in literature. An actual mechanical person with a mechanical brain. He's a clockwork, as the name implies, and you have to wind him up, but, unlike the Tin Man, he is completely manufactured and his knowledge was "programmed." Of course, we don't really know what that means, but it doesn't really matter. Within the structure of the book, he is just another of Baum's interesting and entertaining characters, winding down at inopportune times.

My favorite of the new characters in this book is the Princess Langwidere. The princess owns only one dress, a white one, because it goes with all of her heads, all the 30 of them. Rather than change clothes to make herself attractive, she changes heads. The white dress is because it goes with whatever head she chooses to wear. This, of course, rather confuses her subjects, because they can't figure out why she looks different every time they see her. Each head also has its own personality so, although she retains her memories, some heads are more likable than others, and she can feel bad in one head about what she did while wearing another.
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L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) failed repeatedly through one bad career choice after another--until 1900, when he wrote THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. Although the book was the most famous he wrote, Baum's writing style was distinctly improved when he sat down to write THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ, which was published in 1904, and OZMA OF OZ, which was published in 1907. Where THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ was extremely episodic, these books had cohesive plots, more finely drawn characters, and a sense of whimsey and fun that the original lacked.

OZMA begins with Dorothy Gale and her Uncle Henry aboard a ship bound for Australia. The ship encounters a storm and Dorothy is swept overboard, ultimately arriving in the land of Ev, a small country ruled by the strange and unexpected Princess Langwidere, who imprisons her. Fortunately, Dorothy is rescued by Ozma and her old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion--who are themselves on a mission to rescue the rightful rules of Ev from the Nome King, who rules a powerful underground kingdom. The story introduces a number of new and entertaining characters, most particularly Billina, a yellow hen with a penchant for barnyard smarts, and Tic-Tok, the clockwork man. The book also introduces the Hungry Tiger, who longs to devour fat babies but finds his conscience will not permit it. Princess Langwidere is indeed a memorable adversary, but the true antagonist of the piece is the Nome King, who makes a pretense of friendliness and fairness, but who is in reality meanspirited and calculating.

Everything about OZMA OF OZ is well imagined and well written, and the book is a delight, a fun and fast read for children and for nostalgic adults alike. It is among my favorites in the series. Recommended.

GFT, Amazon Reviewer
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I liked this book because it had a great ending, funny characters, and a good plot. It had some weird parts but all in all it was good.
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By Teacher Tim on May 12, 2014
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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.
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