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Tik-Tok of Oz (Books of Wonder) Hardcover – April 26, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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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Tik-Tok of Oz is a delightful book with an interesting story of how it came to be. A small Editor's Note by Peter Glassman on page 10 of this book tells the story. There had been two successful stage plays based on the first two Oz books and Baum wanted to write a play based on the third, Ozma of Oz. However, he found out he couldn't use many of the characters because he had already sold the stage rights to them. He took the plot of the third book and changed Dorothy and Ozma into two new characters Betsy Bobbin and Queen Ann Soforth. Then he used the popular Shaggy Man who was introduced in The Road to Oz and changed many of the incidents in the story to create a new script for the stage that he called The Tik-Tok Man of Oz. The play was a success so he then rewrote it into this novel.
If you have read Ozma of Oz, you will indeed see the similarities. Once again an army of one soldier and many officers is led by a girl leader in an attack against the Nome King. This time it is Queen Ann Soforth from the smallest and poorest kingdom in Oz. She is young and tired of her tiny kingdom and wants to seek adventure. When her sister jokingly suggests that Ann raise an army and conquer Oz, Ann likes the idea. She convinces all but one of the eighteen men of her kingdom to join her army and they set out. However, the sorceress Glinda, learns of her plans and magically transports Ann and her army across the Deadly Desert and out of Oz entirely.
Meanwhile Betsy Bobbin, like Dorothy in Ozma of Oz, is lost at sea in a storm with her companion Hank the Mule. They are cast up on shore of the Rose Kingdom where they meet up with the Rose Princess, the Shaggy Man and Polychrome, the Rainbow's daughter.Read more ›
Apparently unwilling to create new material, Baum drafted a play that he called 'Tik-Tok Of Oz,' which was simply a retelling of his third Oz novel, 1907's 'Ozma Of Oz,' with some character names changed and minor plot elements rearranged. Since he owed publishers Reilly & Britton a new Oz book, Baum then rewrote his new play into a novel, and 1914's redundant 'Tik-Tok Of Oz' was born.
With such a circuitous pedigree, it's no wonder that 'Tik-Tok Of Oz' is a generally unimpressive entry into the Oz chronicle.
Baum was occasionally careless with his prestigious fairyland, and nothing suggests that here more than the fact that wind-up mechanical man Tik-Tok, though his name lights up the book's title, is only a secondary character in the narrative and often appears to be absent from much of the story, even when present in theory.
In fact, the Tin Woodman or Jack Pumpkinhead could have replaced the clockwork man without altering the essential plot in the least.
But the uncomplicated Tik-Tok was particularly useful in a lazily composed narrative, since, as a preprogrammed machine of limited potential in need of continuous winding, Baum could silence him at any time by simply having him run down, no dramatic action or mental fatigue required. Despite several warm and imaginatively written chapters, such as 'The Lovely Lady Of Light,' the book plods on without building in strength or imagination until its final section, when it suddenly awakens to life.Read more ›
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As with the other Oz books, I loved Tik-Tok of Oz. Very imaginative and funnyPublished 14 hours ago by Tessa
I had to delete this book and all in this series from my Kindle...far too boring.Published 14 days ago by Kim W.
So, it's been two months since I listened to this. And I just read the Wikipedia article to refresh myself. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dione Basseri
Great reprint of the original book I have loved this story since I was a child. Guess I'm still a child at heart!Published 8 months ago by Dianne D.