Emerald City of Oz

Emerald City of Oz
Oz #6
Frank Baum
Children’s fantasy
1 star

Dorothy’s aunt and uncle come to Oz after failing to make the farm work. It was just to much “oh, everyone is good and happy in Oz” in one chapter while the next shows some neerdowell getting together all the malcontent elements of Oz. Baum just contradicted himself and it was all extremely, too much so for me, sugary syrupy sap. My last Oz book.

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz
Oz #4
Frank Baum
Children’s Fantasy
2 stars
256 pages

Dorothy, her cat, a boy named Zeb and his horse get caught in an earthquake and go to the center of the earth. After many adventures they make it to the surface and go to Oz where they go home.

This felt like a churned out novel. I didn’t enjoy it like I have the other Oz books.

The Marvelous Land of Oz

The Marvelous Land of Oz
Oz #2
Frank Baum
childrens fantasy
3 stars
292 pages

a young boy runs away from a witch with a pumpkin head man. Meets up with the Tin man and the Scarecrow. Emerald City is taken over. Glinda helps them retake it and it turns out that Tip, the boy, is actually a girl who is the real ruler. Light and engaging.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Oz #1
Frank Baum
Children’s fantasy
4 stars
272 pages

Dorothy is taken to Oz, from Kansas, by a cyclone. She defeats 2 evil witches and helps out her friends, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion and returns back to Kansas.

I really enjoyed this. It wasn’t like the movie in that it was much more kid friendly without all the dark overtones. I never realized that there were at least 12 books in the Oz series. Looking forward to reading them this year.