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Patchwork Girl of Oz Mass Market Paperback – September 12, 1985
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Forced out of their dark forest, two Oz characters embark on the search for magic ingredients which will change their lives, and encounter Dorothy and her cohorts and a spirited Patchwork Girl who travels in order to see the world. Fine vintage color illustrations throughout a strong story. --Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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"That seemed a good idea; so the Historian rigged up a high tower in his back yard, and took lessons in wireless telegraphy until he understood it, and then began to call 'Princess Dorothy of Oz' by sending messages into the air. Now, it wasn't likely that Dorothy would be looking for wireless messages or would heed the call; but one thing the Historian was sure of, and that was that the powerful Sorceress, Glinda, would know what he was doing and that he desired to communicate with Dorothy. For Glinda has a big book in which is recorded every event that takes place anywhere in the world, just the moment it happens. And that was the way Dorothy heard that the Historian wanted to speak with her, and there was a Shaggy Man in the Land of Oz who knew how to telegraph a wireless reply. The result was that the Historian begged so hard to be told the latest news of Oz, so that he could write it down for the children to read, that Dorothy asked permission of Ozma and Ozma graciously consented. That is why, after two long years of waiting, another Oz story is now presented to the children of America."
In this story Ojo the Unlucky must find several ingredients to a potion to save his Unc Nunkie and the Crooked Magician's wife, Margolette, after they were turned to stone. He travels with Scraps, a colorful girl made out of a patchwork quilt, and a glass cat, who were both brought to life by the Crooked Magician. Along the way they come across a troublesome phonograph, a foolish owl and a wise donkey, and a "Woozy". At the moment when they thought their journey must come to an end, the Shaggy Man finds them and saves them from some dangerous plants, and road that reverses direction, and a giant porcupine. When Scraps meet the Scarecrow, they both think each other the most beautiful pleasant person they have ever seen. Ojo breaks the law, even though he had been warned, but with the help of Dorothy and Ozma and his other new friends, they are on their way again to saving Unc Nunkie and meet more interesting creatures such as the Tottenhots, the captive Yoop, Hiphopper the Champion, and the Joking Horners. Ojo finds all but one of the items, when the Tin Woodman refuses to allow him to capture the final ingredient (the left wing of a yellow butterfly). Luckily the Wizard, with the help of Glinda, saves the day.
I love these versions from For Your Knowledge. It is the only one that contains an introduction by Robert A. Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum (although not all copies have it). You get to learn about the author's life in a one and a half page introduction. You feel like you really get to know the author and are therefore able to appreciate his story that much more.
While Baum created some great male characters throughout his literary career, he loved to write strong female characters as role models for young girls. In this volume he breathes life into The Patchwork Girl, an independent and quick-thinking counterpart to the Scarecrow. She seems flighty and humorous at first, but deep down she is smart, clever and quite lovable. If Baum felt any resentment at being forced to pick up the mantle of Royal Historian of Oz again, you don't see it here. This book is full of excitement and adventure - equally as good as any in the series, before and after his intended retirement.
Mike LaMontagne, author of The Wizard of Oz: Dark Witch Rising trilogy Rainbow's Emissary (The Wizard of Oz: Dark Witch Rising) Witch Hunt (The Wizard of Oz: Dark Witch Rising) Paradise Lost (The Wizard of Oz: Dark Witch Rising) and The Carter Girls The Carter Girls and the Battle of Frontenac Island
For this adventure, Baum rolls out a whole new set of characters, as he often does, though he offers the reader a reunion with Dorothy and some of the other familiar faces by the end of the book. Ojo is a little Munchkin boy who is nicknamed "Unlucky," and indeed, some dreadful things happen in his life, particularly when his beloved Unc Nunkie is turned to marble because the work of the Crooked Magician had some unexpected effects. Ojo sets off on a journey to collect certain items in the land of Oz -- a six-leafed clover, water from a well that's never seen light, three hairs from a Woozy's tail, various stuff like that -- so that the Crooked Magician can concoct a formula to free Unc Nunkie, along with the equally marbelized magician's wife. Joining Ojo on the quest are a couple of the magician's creations, the Glass Cat (with a brain that you can see work, she conceitedly repeats to everyone she meets) and the Patchwork Girl. One of the funnest parts of the book is what happens when the Scarecrow meets this vividly constructed new Patchwork Girl, whose name is Scraps.
This Land of Oz scavenger hunt doesn't necessarily proceed as you might expect, and Baum delivers once again on the lighthearted action, this time thankfully freeing the reader from the sense of danger of some of the other stories.