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How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books The Scarecrow of Oz is the ninth book set in the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum. Publis How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books The Scarecrow of Oz is the ninth book set in the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum. Published on July 16, 1915, it was Baum's personal favorite of the Oz books and tells of Cap'n Bill and Trot journeying to Oz and, with the help of the Scarecrow, overthrowing the cruel King Krewl of Jinxland. Cap'n Bill and Trot (Mayre Griffiths) had previously appeared in two other novels by Baum, The Sea Fairies and Sky Island.


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How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books The Scarecrow of Oz is the ninth book set in the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum. Publis How is this book unique? Original & Unabridged Edition Tablet and e-reader formatted Short Biography is also included 15 Illustrations are included One of the best books to read Best fiction books of all time Bestselling Novel Classic historical fiction books The Scarecrow of Oz is the ninth book set in the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum. Published on July 16, 1915, it was Baum's personal favorite of the Oz books and tells of Cap'n Bill and Trot journeying to Oz and, with the help of the Scarecrow, overthrowing the cruel King Krewl of Jinxland. Cap'n Bill and Trot (Mayre Griffiths) had previously appeared in two other novels by Baum, The Sea Fairies and Sky Island.

30 review for The Scarecrow Of Oz: By L. Frank Baum - Illustrated

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    Cap'n Bill and Trot are the characters from the other author series. Their appearance here makes this installment a crossover. Crossover or not, the overall plot is very similar to that of the previous book. These two people were sucked in a giant whirlpool and ended up in an unknown place. They had a lot of adventures and met some exotic creatures trying to get to civilization - the Land of Oz in this case. If you think it sounds familiar - Dorothy was in this same situation at least 4 times be Cap'n Bill and Trot are the characters from the other author series. Their appearance here makes this installment a crossover. Crossover or not, the overall plot is very similar to that of the previous book. These two people were sucked in a giant whirlpool and ended up in an unknown place. They had a lot of adventures and met some exotic creatures trying to get to civilization - the Land of Oz in this case. If you think it sounds familiar - Dorothy was in this same situation at least 4 times before and so was Betsy Bobbin in the last book - you are absolutely right. Continuing with the similarity of the previous book, this one was named after another old favorite character who appeared well in the second half of the tale and did not have time to do anything exciting whatsoever. Last time it was Tik-Tok and this time it was Scarecrow's turn. Ozma and Dorothy make a guest appearance at the very end in both cases. This installment was supposed to be Baum's favorite, but I did not find it such because of all the repetitions I mentioned above. It was entertaining enough to be better than 2 stars and annoying enough (read: riddled with plot-holes) to be worse than 4 stars, so 3 stars it is. At this point I will continue with the series for two reasons: the books are short and I want to read the last Baum's book - something about its reviews made me curious.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I'll just say for starters that this isn't so much an Oz book as the third part of the Cap'n Bill and Trot trilogy (for the first two parts see 'The Sea Fairies' and 'Sky Island'). I didn't have a problem with this, however, as I really enjoyed the first two books featuring these characters. Secondly, the title is more than a little misleading, as the titular Scarecrow doesn't even show up until two thirds of the way through and even then it's mainly to act as a deus ex machina to pull the protag I'll just say for starters that this isn't so much an Oz book as the third part of the Cap'n Bill and Trot trilogy (for the first two parts see 'The Sea Fairies' and 'Sky Island'). I didn't have a problem with this, however, as I really enjoyed the first two books featuring these characters. Secondly, the title is more than a little misleading, as the titular Scarecrow doesn't even show up until two thirds of the way through and even then it's mainly to act as a deus ex machina to pull the protagonists' fat out of the fire. Despite this, the book remains thoroughly charming and enjoyable.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Roman Kurys

    I find myself unable to leave the magical fairyland of Oz for good. There’s always a random time when I go: “Oh, I wonder what’s happening in Oz.” And then BaM in transported there. This time for the 9th time. Fun Fact: after a little bit of research I discovered that even after Baum’s death the series kept on going up to about 50 different Oz tales. + there’s the famous Macguire’s “Wicked” series. (Yes! That’s series too!) +there’s that “Dorothy Must Die” series. + whatever else I might not have I find myself unable to leave the magical fairyland of Oz for good. There’s always a random time when I go: “Oh, I wonder what’s happening in Oz.” And then BaM in transported there. This time for the 9th time. Fun Fact: after a little bit of research I discovered that even after Baum’s death the series kept on going up to about 50 different Oz tales. + there’s the famous Macguire’s “Wicked” series. (Yes! That’s series too!) +there’s that “Dorothy Must Die” series. + whatever else I might not have discovered yet. It looks like I’m going to be returning to Oz for quite awhile and I’m not complaining. Sometimes that is exactly what I need. Even as an adult. A good, solid, fun fairytale. This is exactly what this was. We got Captain Bill, we got Button Bright back, we got a new heroine, we got a bundle of the most random of adventures as per usual + Oz! If you’ve made it all the way to this book, there really is not much to say here. Keep at it :) If this is your first Oz book...WHY??? No, really, WHY??? Go back immediately and start at the beginning! You don’t want Santa to bring you coals, do you??? Roman

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Decent Oz outing, but becoming quite dated. There is are recurring themes that beauty is coupled to popularity, beauty is coupled to goodness, and ugly is coupled to wickedness. Plot devices are best suited to the pre-tween crowd when the TV is broken. These later Oz books are rapidly emigrating to the realms of scholarship and nostalgia only, with little relevance for today. Which brings an interesting thought -- what should be the future for Oz the written franchise? Could there be a reinventio Decent Oz outing, but becoming quite dated. There is are recurring themes that beauty is coupled to popularity, beauty is coupled to goodness, and ugly is coupled to wickedness. Plot devices are best suited to the pre-tween crowd when the TV is broken. These later Oz books are rapidly emigrating to the realms of scholarship and nostalgia only, with little relevance for today. Which brings an interesting thought -- what should be the future for Oz the written franchise? Could there be a reinvention, like already happens within graphic novels, movie franchises (ugh) and television? Or does Oz the written canon get put into a glass case in a backwater museum?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I like to think of this as Baum's big crossover episode. Not having read a lot of Baum outside of the Oz books, I was a little thrown off by these two characters I was clearly supposed to know already (from Baum's Sea Fairies and Sky Island it turns out) but it's easy enough to recover. Both Trot and Cap'n Bill are hard not to like, and the change of pace is more than a little refreshing after all the sameness in the previous book. There is another shipwreck (of sorts) but it at least happens in I like to think of this as Baum's big crossover episode. Not having read a lot of Baum outside of the Oz books, I was a little thrown off by these two characters I was clearly supposed to know already (from Baum's Sea Fairies and Sky Island it turns out) but it's easy enough to recover. Both Trot and Cap'n Bill are hard not to like, and the change of pace is more than a little refreshing after all the sameness in the previous book. There is another shipwreck (of sorts) but it at least happens in a cool and creative way and even though it's kind of another road trip sort of book, the characters feel fresh and so do the adventures. So fresh in fact, that even when Button Bright (sadly, a character we are all too familiar with from before) reappears, he is really a completely different character than we knew before. Apparently he must have cameoed in those other books and had some sense knocked into him. From this point forward, he might be seriously directionally challenged, but he's at least not the same whiny empty-headed boy we knew before. Hilariously, Baum outdoes himself here with another example of his almost-arbitrary titles. Would you believe that the Scarecrow doesn't even make an appearance until Chapter 13? Truth. Scarecrow's very brief role in this is at least pretty dramatic though--so you can't say that he doesn't ever get his moment in the sun. It does prompt some serious questions about the use---or lack thereof--of Ozma's magic mirror (and Glinda's Book of Records) however, when our good friend finds himself in the most dire straits yet, with no Ozian help on the horizon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shoshana

    I'll start with the one flaw: Too much boring stuff at the end when the main plot thread is already resolved. Baum does this a lot. I forgive him in this book because it is just so good. It never used to be a favorite of mine, but now it might be my absolutely favorite of the 9 I've read in a row. The opening chapters are among my favorite chapters Baum has ever written - when Trot and Cap'n Bill are hanging out waiting to sail. They are languid and warm and everything I want in a book sometimes. I'll start with the one flaw: Too much boring stuff at the end when the main plot thread is already resolved. Baum does this a lot. I forgive him in this book because it is just so good. It never used to be a favorite of mine, but now it might be my absolutely favorite of the 9 I've read in a row. The opening chapters are among my favorite chapters Baum has ever written - when Trot and Cap'n Bill are hanging out waiting to sail. They are languid and warm and everything I want in a book sometimes. Trot is my favorite of the little girls. I figured out a few minutes ago that there is a key to why this is so. Here is where everyone is from in the Oz books: Dorothy: Kansas The Wizard: Omaha, Nebraska Betsy: Oklahoma The Shaggy Man: Colorado Trot: California. One of these things is better than the others! Anyway. I think the Ork is super cool, and I like the way he talks about Orkland. Button-Bright has gotten more likable. The whole scene with the Bumpy Man being the Mountain Ear is so weird but great. Oh! BTW, Button Bright is from Philadelphia, they think. That's ok, I guess, but it's no California. P.S. I thought Oz was supposed to be completely invisible, not just hidden by pink fog. Oh well - I guess when the kids called Baum's bluff about not writing anymore he had to modify so he could actually get people in and out. I love that Trot already knows about the Land of Oz. Maybe this is discussed in the other two books about her and Cap'n Bill? I have to check them out ASAP - the Sea Fairies and Sky Island - because I want to read more about Trot. I love how Baum essentially makes fun of the traditional fantasy world love story with princesses and kings and gardener's boys and the like. "The King wanted her to marry a rich courtier named Googly-Goo, who is old enough to be Gloria's father. She has refused Googly-Goo thirty-nine times..." hahahaha. And I love how Trot is totally scornful of Pon the gardener's boy at all times and keeps trying to convince Gloria to pick someone else to love. And I REALLY love the bit where King Krewl and Googly-Goo smile at each other at the end of chapter 11. I love that the Woozy reappears at the end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Latasha

    lol I love these book because to the modern reader, they are so messed up. making fun of people with only 1 eye, turning people's heart to ice... I didn't love this story as much as ozma of oz but it wasn't awful. lol I love these book because to the modern reader, they are so messed up. making fun of people with only 1 eye, turning people's heart to ice... I didn't love this story as much as ozma of oz but it wasn't awful.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Garrett Kilgore

    I really enjoyed the back half of the book, once they got to Oz. The romantic subplot was delightful and I can always use more Orks

  9. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    It was so different from the other Oz tales, but definitely one of my favorites. Thank you my friend for reading this series with me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This book had a bit of a different feel to it, even though it followed the basic Oz book outline (person from earth gets lost in some mysterious/natural disaster-related way, then has sundry adventures as they road-trip their way to the Emerald City). The two main characters - Trot and Cap'n Bill - appeared in a non-Oz book of Baum's, which I have not read. There are references to that story, but this story is stand-alone enough so that you're not lost if you haven't read the characters' other s This book had a bit of a different feel to it, even though it followed the basic Oz book outline (person from earth gets lost in some mysterious/natural disaster-related way, then has sundry adventures as they road-trip their way to the Emerald City). The two main characters - Trot and Cap'n Bill - appeared in a non-Oz book of Baum's, which I have not read. There are references to that story, but this story is stand-alone enough so that you're not lost if you haven't read the characters' other story. A nice cross-over idea, and Baum handled it well. Trot and Cap'n Bill were engaging and entertaining characters, as was the supporting cast. And even though the bad guys (King Krewl and Blinkie the witch) didn't show up till the final third of the book, they made for good antagonists, and kept the story from being too much of a "randomly wandering through Oz" tale. My only complaints were the abrupt ending (a common thing in a lot of the Oz books), and the lack of the titular character (another common issue). The Scarecrow saved the day and was a key figure at the end of the book, but it was really Trot and Cap'n Bill's story, not the Scarecrow's. Overall, another great addition to the Oz saga.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tom Durham Jr.

    Review 3 To begin this EXCITING review, I would like to just say that this is by far the weirdest book you will ever read. You have been warned. L. Frank Baum has a VERY unique imagination and way of writing. Although he may be… (let’s just leave it at that), he did write the legendary novel The Wizard of Oz. It is obvious because this book happens to be The Scarecrow of Oz. In fact all his books follow the same title formula “The *Blank* of Oz”. I have already marked that against this book’s sta Review 3 To begin this EXCITING review, I would like to just say that this is by far the weirdest book you will ever read. You have been warned. L. Frank Baum has a VERY unique imagination and way of writing. Although he may be… (let’s just leave it at that), he did write the legendary novel The Wizard of Oz. It is obvious because this book happens to be The Scarecrow of Oz. In fact all his books follow the same title formula “The *Blank* of Oz”. I have already marked that against this book’s star rating. LACK OF IMAGINATION FOR TITLES. That’s a big one for chapter books. He spent all his imagination on really weird characters. This book happens to be a children's book. That seems odd because it is 288 pages. That is a lot of pages for a kids book. Luckily, the text is big and the grammar is bad so it’s easy to read. This book takes place in the mystical land of Oz. Actually, scratch that, It takes place all over a whole BUNCH of magical lands. Just to excite you to read this book, it’s not that good. To excite you even more, there is hardly a story at all. AND WHAT’S EVEN MORE EXCITING, all the characters don’t learn anything throughout the whole book! To be entirely honest I still enjoyed this book because it was so lighthearted and had a happy ending. This would actually be a good book for children to read because it is so childish and can open new doors to imagination. Now, unless your children are going to be quoting “But I’ll never love Googly-Goo,” (Pg.152) and, “Because I have no nerves, such as you meat people possess.” (Pg.211) I would not suggest reading this extremely odd book to them because I would hate to be called a Meat Person. That would make me feel fat. Now we get to the fun part. What would the theme be of such an interesting story? Actually I have no idea so we will move on. The Tone of this book is extremely playful and silly. You can tell by the extremely absurd names such as “Googly-Goo” and “Blinkie” (Pg.153) So if you like approximately 6 hours of silly names, than this is the right book for you. One big thing in this book is the Setting. The setting is VERY ,VERY ,VERY ,unique. The world, that half of the story takes place in is completely separated from Oz making it different from most stories where the entire world is involved. The setting takes place in a more renaissance-ish part of the world. It also has a very interesting mix of magic and made up creatures making it very different (in a good and bad way). This is a very…let’s just say you need to have very eclectic taste to read this book. But if you do, it’s great.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    L. Frank Baum has such a wonderful imagination! The scarecrow wasn't really the main character in this (despite the title), but Trot and her friends are a nice little group. My favorite parts of these books are the different lands/areas that get visited - so fun. L. Frank Baum has such a wonderful imagination! The scarecrow wasn't really the main character in this (despite the title), but Trot and her friends are a nice little group. My favorite parts of these books are the different lands/areas that get visited - so fun.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tinka

    #OzAThon Book 9 Why are those keep getting worse? Seriously, EXPLAIN! Collection myself for a second before this turns into a massive rant that involves yelling. A lot of yelling. Okay, I‘m fine. Let’s get into this like civilized human beings. Let’s talk about crossovers, shall we? A crossover is a fine thing. It can introduce fans to new material, it can be a lot of fun to see characters interact that would never interact otherwise and it definitely can connect previously non-related universes an #OzAThon Book 9 Why are those keep getting worse? Seriously, EXPLAIN! Collection myself for a second before this turns into a massive rant that involves yelling. A lot of yelling. Okay, I‘m fine. Let’s get into this like civilized human beings. Let’s talk about crossovers, shall we? A crossover is a fine thing. It can introduce fans to new material, it can be a lot of fun to see characters interact that would never interact otherwise and it definitely can connect previously non-related universes and merge them into a whole new world of possibilities. Just ask The Avengers. The trick however is, to do a crossover right. And this brings me to the central point of why this book is such a failure to me. It is a crossover that doesn’t manage anything beyond general confusion and boredom. The book starts off with characters Trot and Cap‘n Bill, a little girl and her guardian, on a ship and it is very clear from the first page that something is off. The characters are not introduced in a way we have seen it before in the Oz Universe. You just have to go back to the previous book and the introduction of Betsy and Hank and compare notes. Baum expects you to know these two strange new fellas. Why? Good question, that Google thankfully answered for me. They are the main characters of another series Baum wrote and this book is going to be a crossover, because of fan demands by the way. Yay! Writing a crossover and introducing crossover characters is a difficult thing, because, as much fun as it is for fans to know both (or more) of the author‘s work, you just can’t expect readers to be familiar with your entire bibliography, you have to do a proper introduction and this is what Baum did not do. Readers are expected to know Trot and Cap‘n Bill and to be invested in them and their journey. For me, who had no idea they even existed, it was already hard to get invested from the first second. And it only got worse from there. The twosome strolls from one adventure into the next and some Oz characters show up, there is Button-Bright for some fuckin‘ reason, because apparently people missed him. The title giving Scarecrow is barely in it and makes me question Baum‘s way of naming his books once again. Let alone a few exceptions, he never chooses a title that has anything to do with the book. The Scarecrow shows up around 60% into the book and is more phoned in to justify the title than truly relevant to the story. While The Wizard wasn’t the main character of the first book, he at least was the central focus and reason to bring the characters together, the Scarecrow doesn’t even fulfill that function. Baum literally could have named the book "Bob of Oz" and wouldn’t have made a difference. It also never even feels like an Oz book. The crossover element is so strong that I wonder if it would have been better for Baum to set the novel as part of his other series and have Oz characters cameo in it than the other way around. Or just write a short story taken out of either continuity. Whatever. Some stuff happens in the book. Evil King, Wicked Witch, cursed Princess, the usual. I didn’t care enough to really pay attention and it felt like Baum had already worked his way through all of these plot points in previous novels. The only effect it had on me was an outburst of me singing "Gloria" by Laura Branigan. You are very welcome for that information. At this point I‘m pretty exhausted when it comes to the Oz Series, but I made a commitment and I genuinely hope the series will pick up again.

  14. 4 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    I think what they say is true, you're either a Wizard of Oz fan, or a Wicked fan. I'd be the Wicked fan. I never understood the appeal of Wizard of Oz, and this book was no exception. A cute fun, straightforward story, with unusual characters, some children might like it, but I found it dull. My mom had Christmas ornaments that I remember clearly from my childhood of each of the characters from The Wizard of Oz. They were hand sewn and had sequins that made them sparkle. They annoyed me. I thoug I think what they say is true, you're either a Wizard of Oz fan, or a Wicked fan. I'd be the Wicked fan. I never understood the appeal of Wizard of Oz, and this book was no exception. A cute fun, straightforward story, with unusual characters, some children might like it, but I found it dull. My mom had Christmas ornaments that I remember clearly from my childhood of each of the characters from The Wizard of Oz. They were hand sewn and had sequins that made them sparkle. They annoyed me. I thought we should save the room on the tree for ornaments that were prettier. A nice little story, but I've been spoiled with Rowling, and C.S. Lewis, and Dickens. There are so many more children's stories that are better out there.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    This is perhaps my favorite Oz book. Trot and Cap'n Bill, whom we meet for the first time, are delightful while the Ork is a hoot. (Side note: For years I imagined Tolkien's orcs as looking vaguely birdlike, with beaks and claws, because of this book.) I adore the Land of Mo, where rain is lemonade and snow is popcorn; the berries that grow and shrink whatever eats them (much like Alice's "Eat Me" and "Drink Me"), the idea of a tiny grasshopper with a tiny wooden leg... and Old Mombi the Witch! This is perhaps my favorite Oz book. Trot and Cap'n Bill, whom we meet for the first time, are delightful while the Ork is a hoot. (Side note: For years I imagined Tolkien's orcs as looking vaguely birdlike, with beaks and claws, because of this book.) I adore the Land of Mo, where rain is lemonade and snow is popcorn; the berries that grow and shrink whatever eats them (much like Alice's "Eat Me" and "Drink Me"), the idea of a tiny grasshopper with a tiny wooden leg... and Old Mombi the Witch! I want to know more about her. There has to be a great backstory there.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Sizemore

    80/100 Supposedly this was Baum's favorite of his Oz books. I can understand why, particularly if you're a fan of the Scarecrow but it follows a similar pattern to the rest of the series. Some new character shows up, familiar characters meet them, they have adventures in a new place and finally get to the Emerald City. 80/100 Supposedly this was Baum's favorite of his Oz books. I can understand why, particularly if you're a fan of the Scarecrow but it follows a similar pattern to the rest of the series. Some new character shows up, familiar characters meet them, they have adventures in a new place and finally get to the Emerald City.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Garrett Zecker

    Doma Publishing's Wizard of Oz collection has taken me several years to read with my son at bedtime. It was interesting revisiting the texts that I read swiftly through my youth, as I was about his age when I read them and remembered little beyond some of the characters that don't appear in any of the books. I picked up a copy of this version since, for 99c, I could have the complete series along with "All the original artwork by the great illustrator W.W. Denslow (over 1,000 classic illustratio Doma Publishing's Wizard of Oz collection has taken me several years to read with my son at bedtime. It was interesting revisiting the texts that I read swiftly through my youth, as I was about his age when I read them and remembered little beyond some of the characters that don't appear in any of the books. I picked up a copy of this version since, for 99c, I could have the complete series along with "All the original artwork by the great illustrator W.W. Denslow (over 1,000 classic illustrations)", and to read the complete 14-book text at bedtime with all original color illustrations on my Kindle Fire knowing that there would be cross-linked tables of contents and no layout issues, it was worth my buck rather than taking them all out of the library. We read these books before bed at home and under the stars by a campfire in the forest, in a hotel in Montreal and in a seaside cottage in Nova Scotia, on a boat and in a car. We read it everywhere, thanks to the Kindle's mobility. You may be reading this review on one of the individual pages for the original books on Goodreads or Amazon, and if so, all I did was cross-link the books along with the correct dates we read the original texts. The only book I did not cross-link with original dates was the Woggle-bug book, which if you know, is short. Instead, I counted that final book as the review for Doma's Kindle version. You may notice that some books have longer reading spans – probably for two reasons. One, I traded off reading with my wife sometimes, and two, sometimes we needed a little Baum break and read some other books. It did get a little old sometimes, and there are fourteen books totaling 3500 pages in their original library printing. The first thing I think is worth mentioning is that when I first read these books, it was as a child would read them. I remember them being repetitive but familiar. Comforting and revealing. An antiquated adventure, but a serial adventure with recurring characters unparalleled in any other literature. As an adult with an MA in literature (and soon and MFA in fiction), I am actually somewhat unimpressed with the series. Baum wrote a whimsical set of tales, but they are torturously repetitive and would be easy to plug-and-play by replacing characters and moments with a computer to make an entirely new book. But, they are children's books, and we are completely enthralled and comforted by the familiar. Is not Shakespeare the same play-to-play structurally? Are not Pixar or Star Wars movies definitively archetypal in timing, execution, structure, and character so that they can be completely replaced and reapplied to a new story? Even the films – heck, even the trailers - are cut the same, and if you play them all at once, magic happens (see: youtube, "all star wars movies at once"). I suppose where the real magic of these books happens is in their origin. Baum wrote something completely original that took the world by storm and continues to be a whimsical American bellwether for children's fantasy. It is one of the original series specifically for children, spanning fourteen books written almost yearly and gobbled up by a hungry public. It still remains at the forefront of American culture in many revisits in Hollywood (let no one forget the horrific beauty that is Return To Oz) and capitalizing on nostalgia (as recently as six months ago I received a mailing from The Bradford Exchange that was selling original library-bound volumes signed by – get this – Baum's great-grandson... I love an autographed book if only for the idea of the magic it transmits even though it is somewhat meaningless, but maybe someone can convince me where the magic is in having it signed by a probably elderly great-grandchild who likely never met his great-grandfather?). So, while some of the books were awesome and some of them were difficult to slog through, I have my favorites. I will also say that the introductions that each volume opens with were sweet letters from the author to his fans, and it was easy to tell that he truly, truly loved his job writing for children. He knew his audience, he knew what worked, and he sold books. Furthermore, I imagined with great sentimentality mailbags upon mailbags arriving at his house filled to the brim of letters from children all over the world, and the responsibility he probably felt to personally respond to each of them. For my career, that is the best anyone can hope for. What follows is my (and my son's) short reviews of the individual books in the series. The Original and Official Oz Books by L. Frank Baum #1 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) READ November 26, 2013 – December 1, 2013 My Kid – At first I thought it was crazy, but then it started getting awesome. I remember the movie, but there's a lot of parts that are different. Me – I mean, classic, right? The book pretty much follows the film almost entirely with few exceptions. In hindsight after finishing the entire series, it is worth nothing that it is considerably one of the best books in the series, while many others are of questionable quality. #2 The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904) READ December 1, 2013 – January 9, 2014 My Kid – It was scary... Jack Pumpkinhead and Tip escaped and it was really cool. Me – This is one of the books Return to Oz was based from, The Gump and The Powder of Life coming into play to help Dorothy and Jack Pumpkinhead outwit Mombi. An enjoyable book, quite different than the first book but engineered beautifully with plot and characterization. Enjoyed this one. What was most engaging about this text was Ozma and Tip, and what this book says about gender and youth. I think there is a lot that can be examined about gender at birth and the fluidity of gender as a social construct, witch curse or no. #3 Ozma of Oz (1907) READ January 9, 2014 – February 22, 2014 My Kid – The boat crashes and they have to ride in the box with the chicken... I like TikTok. They saved the Queen. Me – This is the second book that Return to Oz was conceived from and a very engaging book. This one requires more understanding and construction of the Oz Universe including the transformation of several of our characters into ornaments and the outwitting of the Nome King in order to save our friends. This was one of my final favorites before the quality of the books fell, as far as I am concerned. #4 Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908) READ February 22, 2014 – August 12, 2014 My Kid – I kinda forgot this one. There was the vegetable people underground and nothing really happened? Me – Yeah, this one was a bust for me. I think Baum was making some kind of satirical point lost to history... Or maybe the obvious non-referential one, but still, just seemed like the episodic nonsense that didn't have a point most of the time. Keep the beginning, I guess and then skip to the final third, and there's your story. #5 The Road to Oz (1909) READ August 12, 2014 – February 22, 2015 My Kid – The love magnet was pretty awesome, and Dorothy meets the rainbow girl and Shaggy man... I guess I'll leave off there. Me – Another one that I thought was a little redundant and repetitive without much of a point. They get lost, they make it back, there are some weird artifacts that help them... Meh. I did like the new characters, however, who make many more appearances in the future books. Shaggy Man and Polychrome are great. #6 The Emerald City of Oz (1910) READ February 22, 2015 – September 14, 2015 My Kid – The Emerald City was cool and Dorothy was in charge. If I lived there I would sell it all and be rich. There was a war. Me – This one was pretty good until the end, where everything was buttoned up (apologies, button bright) pretty quickly without there being much of a solid reason. The conflicts were all contrived and there were some more ridiculously ridiculous new characters who never showed up again in the series. A great diversion, but with little substance toward the end. #7 The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913) READ September 14, 2015 – December 22, 2015 My Kid – It was pretty weird how the quilt doll became a patchwork girl and she was really funny. In the end, it didn't matter that they found all the stuff, so it was kinda crazy and funny. Me – This was relatively silly. I enjoyed it, and the Patchwork Girl is a character I can really get behind as a foil to some of the other characters and somewhat mischievous. The plot is ridiculous, but the powder of life and the glass cat are somewhat illuminating elements of this text. Scraps made this a fun one. #8 Tik-Tok of Oz (1914) READ December 22, 2015 – April 2, 2016 My Kid – The whole story of the shaggy man's brother being missing and ugly didn’t make sense, but... there was a war and Tik Tok was rescued. There was a man who was not as evil as the other army general guys. It was weird. Me – This one was primarily about The Shaggy Man and his adventure to resolve a variety of political and interconnected issues happening surrounding everyone's messing around with the Nome King. There is a huge tube that goes through the center of the earth that everything centers on, and Shaggy is trying to get the Nome King to release his brother the whole time. There are a lot of characterization, detail, and plot errors in this that postdate some facts from the earlier books – which is kind of weird – and the intrigue surrounding the plot is somewhat complicating for kids. What I thought was the coolest element was the character of Quox, who passes more than a coincidental resemblance to Catbus from Miyazaki's Totoro. #9 The Scarecrow of Oz (1915) READ April 2, 2016 – September 1, 2016 My Kid – First of all, there's a lot of people getting lost. Second, if I was in Jinxland, I think I would rather be back in oz. Me – This one was interesting as it had little to do with The Scarecrow and was mainly about Button Bright, Cap'n Bill, and Trot. This one is probably the height of the ridiculousness, with little shallow plot item after little shallow plot item heaped upon one another. At the end, The Scarecrow has to (and succeeds) in recapturing Jinxland for Gloria, its rightful ruler, and returns to the Emerald City for a celebration. Eh... #10 Rinkitink in Oz (1916) READ September 1, 2016 – December 1, 2016 My Kid – All these books have someone wicked in them and it's so crazy. I liked the name Kaliko, and the way Dorothy comes to the rescue of everyone being clever solves the problem. What's with all the problems? I feel like there's thousands. Me – This one was pretty good, as it seemed to deviate from the regular universe of Oz and focus on a different set of locations and characters. It had a very Tolkienian feel in terms of plot, structure, and internal political commentary. It felt very different from the others, and most elements in the text had a point and a long-term purpose. I enjoyed this one. #11 The Lost Princess of Oz (1917) READ December 1, 2016 – January 19, 2017 My Kid – First of all, they've gotta be responsible for the diamond pan, and that's why they lost it. They weren't responsible. At the end they searched for the tools and didn't need them and it was useless. Me – Lost Princess was fun. It surrounded the story of Ozma being kidnapped and the Wizard, Button Bright, Trot, and Betsy Bobbin to go rescue her. Everything in this one felt a little random, but it all ties back together in the end. This one was pretty diversionary but not as bad as some of the others. #12 The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918) READ January 19, 2017 – March 13, 2017 My Kid – Woot is a weird name, and everyone was changed to animals and monkeys and none of them matched up. It was all pretty weird because they all had their new needs as animals and it didn't match with what they were. The love story was kinda weird since the girl didn't want the tin woodmen anymore and the fact that they left and it was all for nothing didn't make sense. Me – A lot of randomness in this one as well, but there is a love story at its core as we learn of a twin brother that the Tin Woodman had all along who shares the love of a long lost young lady named Nimee Amee. A lot of diversionary stories, adventures, and one cool twist by the end, and everyone arrives back where they started. Not the best, but entertaining. This one, while random at times, was a quality read. #13 The Magic of Oz (1919) READ March 13, 2017 – April 25, 2017 My Kid – I wish you could transform yourself. Like... What if you wanted to turn yourself into a pea shooter from Plants Vs Zombies? I don't even know how to pronounce the word. I never heard of it, this nonsense word. Me – This one had a funny gimmick in it with a secret word that when spoken could turn anyone into anything. There is a war on, and a secret force is transforming monkeys into superhuman soldiers (and there is a complication that no one in oz can be hurt but what happens when someone is chopped into a hundred living pieces?). This one was enjoyable, but the gimmick is honestly the only thing holding it all together. #14 Glinda of Oz (1920) READ April 25, 2017 – May 23, 2017 My Kid – This one was kinda like a world of them figuring out what is going on with the big glass house-world under-water. The opposite of everything and they couldn't figure out how to get it back to normal, so what was going on with the war the whole time? Then they fix it. Everything is all set. Me – This posthumous volume seemed to be pieced together from notes, as there is a clear difference between the tone of prior volumes and this one. The cadence and structure of the language and story is quite different in parts, and I found it takes itself seriously by comparison. Beautiful art and architecture present this journey, and I have to say, the fact that this was in new hands really shows because there is some wonderful structure that is absent in the other volumes, as well as even reintroductions to the characters when they show up. The end was a little too tidy with another deus ex machina, but the fact that it came from something that was surprising and there all along was different. *BONUS Oz Works by L. Frank Baum, 'the Royal Historian of Oz' The Woggle-Bug Book (1905) READ May 23, 2017 – May 24, 2017 My Kid – Actually, I don't have a review for my kid... See below. Me – This book started cute and had a cute premise. When I began reading it at bedtime, the kid had fallen asleep. I tend to keep reading and save our spot, and then pick it up where he fell asleep the next night. Lucky for me, the terrifyingly racist parlance in this book started after he fell asleep. I read through to the end, with no intention of going back with him tomorrow... It was... shockingly indifferent to complete disregard for everyone. From switching between "Oriental" and "Chinaman" and having a character with a dialect that wasn't just a stereotype but also a stereotype of a racist's impression wasn't nearly as bad as the way Baum used the N-word (and had the character as a monkey's monkey). It was offensive and seemed ridiculously gratuitous for even the time it was published. Not a shining moment for his work at all... But it was pretty cool to learn the Woggle Bug was from Boston, anyway. This one was pretty awful.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jon E

    I thought the part where the Scarecrow used the magic rope at Glinda's house to get to the mountains to that some sort of a city I don't remember its name, that's the part I liked. I thought the part where the Scarecrow used the magic rope at Glinda's house to get to the mountains to that some sort of a city I don't remember its name, that's the part I liked.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jalissa

    More characters and yet it felt like they were always part of the land of Oz. It was fun to read as all the Oz books are!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lavalette

    One fun bedtime story. Although IMO should be something else, as the Scarecrow is not the main character actually. But I like the story. A very good one should you need to read 1 light book after a stressful day.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Courtenay

    The story was a little more frightening, but a happy ending was predictable. Lots of lessons along the way made this a good book for kids … and this adult. Coincidentally, we watched AMERICAN OZ on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater. Knowing more about Baum gives me a deeper appreciation for his stories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Richard Seltzer

    I read this aloud to my kids

  23. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I often get lost in the bedlam of an old lady intoxicated with bringing children's literature characters to a puppet style -could be doll or puppet. When discussing this Scarecrow of Oz I kept thinking of how the Scarecrow related to the Patchwork Doll and there or here is where me brain go to writing on and on... Separate books, but the similarity of his silly characters makes any reader of his Baum's work link the thinking to fantasy and Blah lost...! Created my own Patchwork Girl and charact I often get lost in the bedlam of an old lady intoxicated with bringing children's literature characters to a puppet style -could be doll or puppet. When discussing this Scarecrow of Oz I kept thinking of how the Scarecrow related to the Patchwork Doll and there or here is where me brain go to writing on and on... Separate books, but the similarity of his silly characters makes any reader of his Baum's work link the thinking to fantasy and Blah lost...! Created my own Patchwork Girl and characters on a raft for the public library in 2014. Gave the lovely large size Scarecrow back to the library 2016. The story of this marvelous stuffed doll that is just as silly as the scarecrow, but the secret powder brings wonders of life experience to this story of Baum's. Old old movie of the Patchwork girl of Oz, sometimes the video has a virus in it. Maybe more honest owners of the video are out there. I love Baum's work, so in 1976 my mother and I traveled to San Diego and followed a story about Baum's having scrounged and had an adventure along the coast line. Caves, and hidden story OH MY! American classic children's literature should be a study in itself, but many other countries love his work Baum' and Washington Irving-both have a hidden secret waiting for a researcher to locate some unknown "ditty" (boy I cannot stand to see this printed or used by me, a Library Science Professor used the term, and she hated all of the BA undergrad students seeking a minor in LS/literature). HA! HA! my signature silly code. atk to my g grandmother E. who gave our family a gift 1917-1920.

  24. 4 out of 5

    J

    This is said to have been one of Baum's favorite books within the series while I can see why as so much of the book wasn't Oz and what part of Oz there was didn't amount to much. This was one of the books I really didn't like for the undertone of the book was bland and boring to me. Unlike his other books there wasn't really any fairy-worlds even though they were traveling a bunch while the few places they did make it to they didn't stay long enough for you to get a hold of what the place was l This is said to have been one of Baum's favorite books within the series while I can see why as so much of the book wasn't Oz and what part of Oz there was didn't amount to much. This was one of the books I really didn't like for the undertone of the book was bland and boring to me. Unlike his other books there wasn't really any fairy-worlds even though they were traveling a bunch while the few places they did make it to they didn't stay long enough for you to get a hold of what the place was like or they had some really horrible characters such as Pessim. His fairy-world lack of descriptions is actually a surprise when you consider some of the other books within the series as he is so descriptive even when there isn't a lot of mention. I haven't read the books that Cap'n Bill and Trot were from but I don't imagine I am going to even begin with that series since I couldn't get a grasp of the characters, especially Trot (who names their child Trot?), within this story. In my opinion they were lifeless and dreary while the appearance of the Ork was the only bright spot of their party. Furthermore I was disappointed with Jinxland - a part of Oz that didn't catch your mind so you didn't wonder why the world of Oz even tried to include them. One thing I do have to say, though, Button-Bright does return in the book and he is a completely different character from the endearing yet vexing child of the earlier stories. This book will throw you for a loop if you are reading the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Justice

    3.75 stars This is one of the better stories of L. Frank Baum's Oz series! In this book there are more new characters introduced who somehow appear in the fairyland that we know of (which honestly doesn't even make sense because at one point I thought Glinda closed it off but I suppose that was forgotten by the author). The new characters are Trot, a little girl, and Cap'n Bill, a man who cares for her and has a wooden leg. They end up in some crazy cave and are starting to get worried about hunge 3.75 stars This is one of the better stories of L. Frank Baum's Oz series! In this book there are more new characters introduced who somehow appear in the fairyland that we know of (which honestly doesn't even make sense because at one point I thought Glinda closed it off but I suppose that was forgotten by the author). The new characters are Trot, a little girl, and Cap'n Bill, a man who cares for her and has a wooden leg. They end up in some crazy cave and are starting to get worried about hunger when they meet an "ork" on their journey. In time the Scarecrow does come in, but I can't really tell much about what happens in between. The way that everything fits together really works splendidly! Very nicely worked out and doesn't seem to go on and on where he just threw out some new places and creatures in a weird way like some of the other books do. This all ties and flows. I liked it. My sons liked it. We have no complaints.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elinor Loredan

    I enjoyed all the characters, adventures, and magic in this one. I find Cap'n Bill to be as lovable as the classic Oz characters like the Scarecrow and Woodman, with his simple yet wise, encouraging or funny comments, and his straightforwardness. Generally I liked Trot, but I wanted to kick her when she was snobby and cruel to Pon, calling him "just a gardener's boy" (the Scarecrow was snobby toward him once, too), though he is actually a prince, and one's status doesn't determine value. I don't I enjoyed all the characters, adventures, and magic in this one. I find Cap'n Bill to be as lovable as the classic Oz characters like the Scarecrow and Woodman, with his simple yet wise, encouraging or funny comments, and his straightforwardness. Generally I liked Trot, but I wanted to kick her when she was snobby and cruel to Pon, calling him "just a gardener's boy" (the Scarecrow was snobby toward him once, too), though he is actually a prince, and one's status doesn't determine value. I don't understand that part of her character, unless Baum was trying to convey that Pon needed taking down a bit into humility, or showing that royal, 'important' people don't always appear to be so. After three Oz books in which a Nome king was the main villain, King Krewl made a nice change. There is also more narration on the characters' thoughts and feelings than in some of the other installments. The ending was a little strange, with Trot and her companions not saying goodbye to Gloria and Pon after trying so much to help them; and whether they all stayed in the Emerald City for good was not specified. The puns--King Krewl, Pessim, Pon (Pawn), Phearse, Kynd--are always fun, as are the creatures, like the Orck, who are often very proud of their features and scornful of man's.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sean McBride

    The further we get into the series, the further from Oz we seem to get. Baum as the "Royal Historian" keeps expanding the world and creating interesting characters, but on top of that he always brings everything back to the Emerald City right at the end to tie everything up. In this installment we meet Capt'n Bill and Trot, who apparently have a few books on their own (This is the 9th book in the Oz series and the 3rd in the Trot and Capt'n Bill series). Their adventures are provocative, and we The further we get into the series, the further from Oz we seem to get. Baum as the "Royal Historian" keeps expanding the world and creating interesting characters, but on top of that he always brings everything back to the Emerald City right at the end to tie everything up. In this installment we meet Capt'n Bill and Trot, who apparently have a few books on their own (This is the 9th book in the Oz series and the 3rd in the Trot and Capt'n Bill series). Their adventures are provocative, and we see a new side of Oz, one that is closed off by a large gulf and a mountain range. More cruel rulers (in fact the King's name is Krewl), and more clever word play. It's an entertaining series, but still nothing like I expected. I wonder where Baum will take it next as there are only 5 more books (that he wrote, in the series...it was continued on by Ruth Plumley Thompson), and I remember reading somewhere that he tried to have some closure on the series. We will see!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Sammis

    Interestingly, The Scarecrow of Oz is the first mention of immortality in the series. In previous books people did age and die. Now, though, perhaps faced with his own mortality, Baum gives immortality to Oz. Another change is the inclusion of a new Wicked Witch, one of the South who is vying for power with Glinda. Blinkie's skills are similar to Mombi's. So how does the Scarecrow fit into the book named for him? Believe it or not, his piece, albeit late in the narrative, is what places this nove Interestingly, The Scarecrow of Oz is the first mention of immortality in the series. In previous books people did age and die. Now, though, perhaps faced with his own mortality, Baum gives immortality to Oz. Another change is the inclusion of a new Wicked Witch, one of the South who is vying for power with Glinda. Blinkie's skills are similar to Mombi's. So how does the Scarecrow fit into the book named for him? Believe it or not, his piece, albeit late in the narrative, is what places this novel on the road narrative spectrum. While his overall participation in the journey is short, his piece is vital. He is the catalyst for a successful journey. http://pussreboots.com/blog/2021/comm... 9900FF - Scarecrow city cornfield

  29. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This book introduces two characters, Cap'n Bill and Trot, who first made an appearance in another of Baum's fantasy stories. Although their former adventures aren't really explained in this book, the implicit backstory added a bit of depth to the characters, something that was lacking in other characters introduced to the Oz series - Betsy Bobbin, for example. The dynamic between Trot and Cap'n Bill was quite sweet, and their adventures were fairly engaging. My main problem with this book was it This book introduces two characters, Cap'n Bill and Trot, who first made an appearance in another of Baum's fantasy stories. Although their former adventures aren't really explained in this book, the implicit backstory added a bit of depth to the characters, something that was lacking in other characters introduced to the Oz series - Betsy Bobbin, for example. The dynamic between Trot and Cap'n Bill was quite sweet, and their adventures were fairly engaging. My main problem with this book was its fairly formulaic plot, especially towards the end. Ozma's castle seems to be becoming rather crowded with mortals from the Outside!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meg McGregor

    This book is a very enjoyable read but I believe the title is misleading. The Scarecrow does not come into the story until about 2/3 of the story is done! This book introduces Captain Bill, Trot, and a creature called the Ork to Oz. The relationship between Captain Bill and Trot is one like a Grandfather to his granddaughter. Very warm and affectionate, this relationship holds true throughout the entire series. I really enjoyed how the characters interacted and loved the different plot twists. A ve This book is a very enjoyable read but I believe the title is misleading. The Scarecrow does not come into the story until about 2/3 of the story is done! This book introduces Captain Bill, Trot, and a creature called the Ork to Oz. The relationship between Captain Bill and Trot is one like a Grandfather to his granddaughter. Very warm and affectionate, this relationship holds true throughout the entire series. I really enjoyed how the characters interacted and loved the different plot twists. A very fun novel this is a grand journey into the lands surrounding Oz.

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