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Ozma of Oz (Books of Wonder) Hardcover – May 24, 1989

4.5 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews
Book 3 of 14 in the Oz Series

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-Dorothy is carried by a raging storm to the Land of Ev and meets her old friends from Oz plus Bellina the hen, Tiktok, the Wheelers, and Princess Langwidere. By L. Frank Baum. Narrated by Flo Gibson.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Books of Wonder
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow / Books of Wonder; Library Binding edition (May 24, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688066321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688066321
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Though I first read this book nearly 50 years ago, it still remains one of the best books I have ever read. Adults may feel that it is a kid's book, and of course it is perfect for kids, but believe me, it can be enjoyed by people of any age. All you need is love of a good story. For many years Ozma was my heroine--I dreamed that I would meet her somehow, somehow be transported like Dorothy to the Land of Oz. Though these dreams faded, I still often think that this book might be the favorite book of my life. Dorothy's new adventures, the rescue expedition from Oz that crosses the Deadly Desert, and the spooky confrontation between good and evil in the caverns of the Nome King. The Oz characters have accompanied me through life. Try them---you will never forget them.
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This title apparently has no images. None of the original great art of the novel. And that's a problem, because there's at least one place in the store where the narrative stops, and the reader is supposed to read from the image in the book. Then the story continues as if you've read the image. But this version has no images, and no replacing text. So there's a discontinuity in the story where the image should have been. The story itself is great, but this version really does suffer for not having the original art.
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This is the third OZ book I've read now and I have finally seen a little of what other readers must see in the series. The story succeeds on several levels. Children will enjoy the fantasy of it while adults can see the deeper ironys that abound. In fact, I have read other books that I thought were completely original but now I realize the authors had read Oz! I was happy to read about a couple of new Oz characters teaming up with the old favorites. Like other Oz books, this is a quick read but I plan to read more in the series, just to see what happens.
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By A Customer on January 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I just love this books. So much imagination! I read this book back in first grade. I read a lot that year, and no book stuck in my mind like this one did. I have remembered the story for years, because it is so original. I recently checked it out in the library to re-read it, and it was every bit as good. I recommend this book to all ages, L. Frank is da Baum! :)
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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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This is the best Oz book I have read so far with my son. That being said, I have only read 3 as I am going in sequential order. Nonetheless, it is much better than Book 2 and marginally better than the original.

The chief difference between Ozma and the prior two books is a streamlined narrative which focuses primarily on a single event (journey to the Nome King) with a tangible goal (free the royal family of Ev). Excluding the small section on the Wheelers and Lunch Pail trees, the fantasy elements tend more towards the traditional as opposed to Baum's imagination. You can even see a bit of the old "Mountain King" myth in this story. The net effect is that this story is more concise and less tied to the early 20th century than the preceding novels.

Another big change from the second book is a drastic reduction in the turn-of-the-century chauvinism on display in book 2. Jinjur even goes so far as to give her husband a black eye for milking the wrong cow. I am not sure if a double-entendre is intended here or not, but this is light-years away from the housewives in the prior book.

I highly recommend this as a good read to your children before they go to bed.
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Fresh from reading the 2nd book in the Oz series I jumped right into Ozma of Oz as I was quite curious to see where the story would go with there being such a departure in the 2nd book (The Marvelous Land of Oz) from the 1st (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz).

In this tale, Dorothy returns to the realm of make believe after being swept overboard while on a journey to Australia. She ends up in the far away land of Ev, a place a bit different from Oz, with a talking hen named Billina and she goes on a whole new adventure making new friends along the way, like Tik-Tok, the mechanical man and the Hungry Tiger, whose appetite never seems to be satisfied. She also reunites with some of her old friends as well, like the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and the Tin Woodsman, as they team up together with Princess Ozma to rescue the Queen of Ev and her 10 children from the clutches of the evil Nome King.

All-in-all book 3 is a great adventure with somewhat darker overtones than the previous two books that is full of the same whimsical elements and creative ideas common to the earlier tales. Our beloved Dorothy is back in the storyline and this time around her return home to Kansas does not entail a one-way ticket as Ozma retains the means to call her back to Oz whenever she is needed to save the day. A definite must read for any fan of the Wizard of Oz series.
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