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The Lost Princess of Oz (Books of Wonder) Hardcover – September 28, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Books of Wonder
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688149758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688149758
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book. Simple to run, no program to install. Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading. The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels.

Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2 and MacIntosh and Linux with Windows Emulation.

Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index. the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.

This Electronic Paperback is illustrated.

This Electronic Paperback is read aloud by an actor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Book 8 of L. Frank Baum's immortal OZ books, in which Ozma is lost -- as are all the known magical instruments in Oz -- and how the search party of Dorothy, the Wizard and other loyal friends embarks upon bizarre adventures and meets such strange creatures as the Frogman and the Lavender Bear while trying to find her. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As a kid, I read and reread the OZ books.
Hal Jordan
Not only does it feature perhaps the best title of all of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, it has one of the biggest casts of characters at work.
Lee Edward Fodi
Even as an adult I enjoyed the simple beauty of this original tale and the wonderful art by John Neil.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on January 22, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like the previous Oz book, "Rinkitink in Oz," this was an outing by Baum that scores by deviating a bit from the standard Oz formula. The characters in the book are on a journey, as usual, but instead of trying to get to the Emerald City, the characters are departing that city to find the missing Princess Ozma who, along with most of the powerful magical objects in Oz, has vanished. Furthermore, Baum puts together one of the largest primary casts ever in an Oz book, including Dorothy and Toto, the Wizard, the Patchwork Girl, the Sawhorse, the Cowardly Lion, Betsy Bobbin and Hank, Trot and Button-Bright and the Woozy, as well as adding the Frogman, Cayke the Cookie Cook and the Big Lavender Bear and the Little Pink Bear.
While it's nice to see to many characters, it does hurt the book somewhat -- it shows really how superfluous Besty and Trot are with Dorothy around, and it includes a bizarre little subplot with Toto that doesn't really add much. Furthermore, the ending is really syrupy and saccharine, even for an Oz book.
The addition of the Frogman is a major plus, though -- he is easily the most entertaining new character added to the series since Scraps the Patchwork Girl, and it was nice to have a book that for once didn't rely on the old villains like the Nome King or the old deus ex machina of Ozma's magic picture and Glinda's magic book. In fact, I kind of wish those two items had stayed lost -- other Oz books rely on them entirely too much for their resolution.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Lost Princess of Oz is one of L. Frank Baum's most imaginative books. It begins with a serious problem, Ozma's disappearance, and with many of the favorite characters. Yet in a parallel story, an early chapter takes us to the Winkie Country and introduces us to some delightful new characters, The Frogman and Cayke the Cookie Cook. We know that Cayke's stolen magic dishpan is somehow related to Ozma's disappearance.
I love the role that Scraps, the Patchwork Girl, plays in this book. We meet some whimsical new villages and the beings who inhabit them. We pay attention to small details that are nonetheless important to those most affected by them, such as Toto's missing growl. Illusions are turned upside down and inside out, making us think. It's a delightful journey, all in all, one that I highly recommend.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By The Wingchair Critic on December 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
While charming enough to delight children, 'The Lost Princess Of Oz' (1917) is not one of the more exceptional books in L. Frank Baum's Oz series.

The problem lies with both writer and illustrator; Baum's cast of characters has been poorly chosen, and John R. Neill's usually masterful, visionary illustrations are in many cases merely serviceable.

The book features four child protagonists--Dorothy, Trot, Betsy Bobbin, and lone male Button-Bright--which is three interchangeable child protagonists too many (in several chapters, Trot and Betsy, though ostensibly present, do not speak and play no part in the action).

As in most of the Oz books, the plot revolves around a journey, and those chosen in this case to undertake the search for the kidnapped Ozma are simply too bland a group.

Colorful eccentrics the Woogle Bug and Jack Pumpkinhead are missing, and while Scraps the Patchwork Girl is included, she ambles about on the periphery of the story for most of the book with little sign of her trademark intrusive spark and spunk.

There are also too many talking animals--whether of 'meat' or magical origin--the Cowardly Lion, Hank the Mule, Toto, the Woozy, and the Sawhorse (and later, the Big Lavender Bear and the Small Pink Bear).

Though several interesting conversations arise from their differing philosophical viewpoints, the characters--which also include the 'Little Wizard' of the original title--are portrayed too homogeneously, and thus the tension and flair usually found in Baum's stories and dialogue are absent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before Tolkien, before C.S. Lewis, before Robert Jordan, before T.H. White, I asked my mother to help me get "The Lost Princess" off of the top shelf in the children's section.

Now I'm 12, and I read Dean Koontz, J. V. Jones, and Terry Goodkind. But I still remember all of my friends from Oz.

I think all kids will love following the journey of Dorothy & Co. from the Emerald City to find their good friend Queen Ozma of Oz. It's the greatest book ever written, so if you haven't read it, get it now
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
When Ozma and all the magic of Oz gets stolen everyone is upset, so the Ozites form search parties to find her.The book goes with Dorothy's group when they go on many adventures.You will be amazed at where Ozma is and who stole her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Edward Fodi on June 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Ah, this is one of the most tantalizing installments in the Oz series. Not only does it feature perhaps the best title of all of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, it has one of the biggest casts of characters at work. When Ozma disappears, all her friends go and search for her--as a result, we get to read about many of our old favorites from the Land of Oz, including Dorothy, the Patchwork Girl, the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger, the Scarecrow, et al. The other aspect of this book that separates it from the other Oz titles is that it involves a true mystery--one that keeps the reader turning the pages, to discover just what has become of Ozma. This book is a lot of fun and I quite enjoyed the illustrations, especially the one that shows our band of rescuers gazing upon themselves in the Magic Picture. If you are looking to revisit the world of Oz, this book will be one of the most satisfying for you.
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