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Ozma of Oz (Books of Wonder) Hardcover – May 24, 1989
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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.
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.
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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Good sequel to Wizard of Oz. I remember the movie from circa 1983 "Return to OZ". The movie used Land of Oz and Ozma of Oz as part of the storylinePublished 6 days ago by Kenny M. Oberdorf
A good children's book to read out loud to your kids--this exciting story will keep you reading until it is over.Published 2 months ago by alice may
I highly recommend this book! It is so robust in both characters and imagery. Read them all, you'll be glad you did!!!Published 2 months ago by S. M. Stewart
Great to see all the Wizard books available! So hard to find other places!!Published 4 months ago by Lambie Delight
The beautiful illustrations of this book, especially those in color, are amazing. Baum was an entertaining writer and this is one of his best Oz books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Susan A. Santo
Dorothy is shipwrecked (along with a hen named Bill) on a fairy island where she encounters the Wheelers and rescues the machine-man, Tik-Tok. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Heather E. Hejduk
I liked the book a lot . and it was a really good book in fact I think that I could read it 6000000000 times!Published 5 months ago by oops sorry! girl vampire.👻