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Readers of all ages will welcome the chance to be reunited with Dorothy Gale and such beloved characters as the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, as well as to meet new favorites such as the Hungry Tiger, whose appetite is never satisfied; Princess Langwidere, who has thirty heads; Billina, a talking chicken; and Tiktok, a mechanical man.Blown overboard while Readers of all ages will welcome the chance to be reunited with Dorothy Gale and such beloved characters as the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, as well as to meet new favorites such as the Hungry Tiger, whose appetite is never satisfied; Princess Langwidere, who has thirty heads; Billina, a talking chicken; and Tiktok, a mechanical man.Blown overboard while sailing with her uncle, Dorothy finds herself in the fairy realm of Ev. She sets out with her friends to rescue the Queen of Ev and her ten children, who have been imprisoned by the cruel Nome King. But even Ozma, the wise Ruler of Oz, is no match for the clever king, and it's up to Dorothy to save everyone from terrible danger. But will the Nome King's enchantments be too much even for the plucky little girl from Kansas?


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Readers of all ages will welcome the chance to be reunited with Dorothy Gale and such beloved characters as the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, as well as to meet new favorites such as the Hungry Tiger, whose appetite is never satisfied; Princess Langwidere, who has thirty heads; Billina, a talking chicken; and Tiktok, a mechanical man.Blown overboard while Readers of all ages will welcome the chance to be reunited with Dorothy Gale and such beloved characters as the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and Cowardly Lion, as well as to meet new favorites such as the Hungry Tiger, whose appetite is never satisfied; Princess Langwidere, who has thirty heads; Billina, a talking chicken; and Tiktok, a mechanical man.Blown overboard while sailing with her uncle, Dorothy finds herself in the fairy realm of Ev. She sets out with her friends to rescue the Queen of Ev and her ten children, who have been imprisoned by the cruel Nome King. But even Ozma, the wise Ruler of Oz, is no match for the clever king, and it's up to Dorothy to save everyone from terrible danger. But will the Nome King's enchantments be too much even for the plucky little girl from Kansas?

30 review for Ozma of Oz

  1. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    After I finished the previous book of the series my reaction was, "Where the heck is Cowardly Lion and more importantly Dorothy?" I am an adult of twenty first century, but the reactions of kids of the early twentieth century were very similar. In fact L. Frank Baum admitted this in the preface for this installment. And so the author had to include these in this book somehow. He did, which gradually lead to overpopulation of the Land of Oz in the following books: more characters were introduced, After I finished the previous book of the series my reaction was, "Where the heck is Cowardly Lion and more importantly Dorothy?" I am an adult of twenty first century, but the reactions of kids of the early twentieth century were very similar. In fact L. Frank Baum admitted this in the preface for this installment. And so the author had to include these in this book somehow. He did, which gradually lead to overpopulation of the Land of Oz in the following books: more characters were introduced, but all of the ones from the previous books had to have some screen time. Anyway, Dorothy accompanied her uncle on his trip to Australia. Their ship ended up in a huge storm with captain ordering all the passengers to stay inside of their cabins. What is the first thing Dorothy did when left alone? She went outside to be promptly washed overboard. Luckily for her instead of drowning she managed to reach dry land which also happened to be quite close to Oz. She hoped people of Oz would help her to get back to her uncle. For me this tale was a definite improvement from the previous one. There were no inconsistencies and plot holes that plagued The Marvelous Land of Oz. I hesitated between 3 and 4 stars as I read the book and ended up with a lower rating for two reasons. Dorothy acquired godawful accent. What the heck happened? She did not have one before. Why oh why did she begin speaking like a hardcore hillbilly when she became a little older? Everybody's favorite ruler of Oz, Ozma is plain arrogant. She came to a foreign land to ask its ruler for a favor and she demanded an audience. Really? I guess just asking for it is below her. This girl is supposed to be a model for impressionable young girls. Other than these problems the book was good enough. You will have interesting adventures and meet interesting characters: Billina is good and so is Hungry Tiger, but Tik-Tok feels like a slightly altered Tin Woodman. My final verdict is the following: if you like book 2, this one is worth reading.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    The original title for this was...Ozma of Oz: A Record of Her Adventures with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, Billina the Yellow Hen, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, Tik-Tok, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger; Besides Other Good People too Numerous to Mention Faithfully Recorded Herein. You gotta think Baum was just fucking with his readers at this point. L. Frank Baum: Full-Time Author, Part-Time Prick This time around Dorothy is on a voyage to Australia to help soothe her Uncle Henry's rattled The original title for this was...Ozma of Oz: A Record of Her Adventures with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, Billina the Yellow Hen, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, Tik-Tok, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger; Besides Other Good People too Numerous to Mention Faithfully Recorded Herein. You gotta think Baum was just fucking with his readers at this point. L. Frank Baum: Full-Time Author, Part-Time Prick This time around Dorothy is on a voyage to Australia to help soothe her Uncle Henry's rattled nerves (running a farm with hair-brain, heartless, cowardly help will do that to you!) when a storm washes her overboard. She ends up in a fairyland, as per usual, and from there her journey takes her on an adventure, which does not quite live up to the epic nature of the well-known film, The Wizard of Oz, but is entertaining nonetheless. Along the way she meets many interesting and fun new characters like Tik-Tok the wind-up machine, a many-headed princess, the subterranean Nome King, and my favorite, Billina the smart and sassy talking chicken. As that ridiculously long subtitle suggests, Dorothy also reunites with her old pals from her previous adventures. The story drags occasionally and the plot is not masterly. Seldom does the action near nail-biting excitement. It's Baum's inventive character creations that are the real draw. He's also good at sprinkling into his dialogue some clever double entendre and light gibes, though his intended victims probably barely smarting from the ineffectual attacks. Baum knew his audience was young and female, and while his stories can be enjoyed by all, there is definitely a feminine leaning. The female:male ratio of characters is heavily in favor of women, or more specifically, girls. The main character is a girl. The rulers of the fairylands tend to be princesses. The wizards are often women and, you may recall, the one male wizard turned out to be a fraud! Quite frankly I think this is a refreshing kind of world-building for its time! Rating Note: This feels more like 3.5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    TJ✨

    So im reading all the Oz books plus the side books but feeling a little sick so review to come when i'm feeling better

  4. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I like the fact that L. Frank Baum wrote this book to appeal to all of his young fans who wanted to know what happened to Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion after book two in the series. For those who have not read books 1 and 2, please note that some details below will contain spoilers about those books. I only gave this book 4 stars though, mainly because the character of Dorothy just bugged me throughout. Also this book dragged a lot, unlike with book one and two I had a hard time just reading this I like the fact that L. Frank Baum wrote this book to appeal to all of his young fans who wanted to know what happened to Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion after book two in the series. For those who have not read books 1 and 2, please note that some details below will contain spoilers about those books. I only gave this book 4 stars though, mainly because the character of Dorothy just bugged me throughout. Also this book dragged a lot, unlike with book one and two I had a hard time just reading this one straight through. This is still a really good fairy tale though some of the subject matter I thought was probably a bit too old for most kids to be reading about. The story begins with Dorothy and her Uncle Henry on a trip to Australia to visit some of their relatives there. I had so many thoughts here at this point. One, why in the world did Aunt Em not get to come along. I know that it was said that Aunt Em stayed behind to run the farm, but Kansas and Australia in the 1900s was a very long sea voyage apart. So it was bewildering that Uncle Henry set off on such a journey without his wife. Two, how old is Dorothy? We get the idea that time has passed since book one, but I still don't think that Baum has ever said her age. She's always referred to as a little girl. She definitely speaks like one. We eventually get to Dorothy being blown overboard and she meets Billina the Hen. I actually thought that Dorothy had some nerve changing Billina's name from Bill to Billina because "Bill is a boy's name." Reading further along and seeing how Billina didn't suffer fools, I am surprised she didn't tell Dorothy to get over it. How dreadful! exclaimed Dorothy, in a shocked voice. What is dreadful? asked the hen, lifting her head to gaze with one bright eye at her companion. Why, eating live things, and horrid bugs, and crawly ants. You ought to be 'SHAMED of yourself! I do love how Billina calls out Dorothy for her hypocrisy since humans eat things that were one alive and eat animals that do eat bugs. I would have also asked her so you live on a farm right? You have never seen hens and roosters eating bugs? Did you think we survived on sunshine and air? Dorothy comes across trees that contain lunch and dinner pails and seriously I want to find those trees and plant some of them in my backyard. We then have Dorothy and Billina meeting the strange people called the Wheelers and coming across Tiktok the Machine Man. I think it is kind of cool that L. Frank Baum pretty much describes a robot. Remember that this book was written in 1907. Eventually the threesome depart and come across the niece of the late King of Ev who sold his family to the Nome King. The niece is the Princess of Langwidere who has 30 heads....I don't know why but the whole thing with the Princess of Langwidere creeped me out. Dorothy and her friends after being locked out are eventually rescued by the Princess of Ozma and her group and that is when the action at least starts to pick up. Every time I try to picture the Princess of Oz I can't stop laughing though. (view spoiler)[ Probably because in book two we find out that the Wizard of Oz hid the Princess of Oz and gave her to Mombi who changed her into a boy named Tip. (hide spoiler)] We do get a lot of scenes with the Scarecrow acting even less intelligent than usual and the Cowardly Lion has picked up a friend called the Hungry Tiger whose constantly lamenting about how nothing can fill him up got tiresome after the first dozen times. We do find out that Ozma of Oz came to the Kingdom of Ev to free the former queen and princes and princesses from the Nome King after they were sold to the Nome King. At this point I was 45 percent in the book and was surprised that it took this long for Baum to actually get to the bare bones of the book. The interaction that the group had with the Nome King was interesting and that was probably the only time in the whole book that I thought the action really picked up and everything flowed together much more smoothly than in the other sections. I think that Baum was playing this book more for laughs than anything else since we had everyone at one time or another showing how not intelligent they were. After the first few times it was funny, after that I was groaning out loud and mumbling get on with it. We eventually get to our happily ever after but we have to have the whole group travel back to the Emerald City where Dorothy gets to meet old and new friends alike. There is one passage in the book that explains what happened to the character Jinjur who was a major character in book two. This whole passage made me cringe inwardly. I know that Baum was probably going for laughs, but I didn't chuckle at all. I felt like Baum was one making fun of women who could possibly want more than just being married to define them. And I thought him turning Jinjur into a husband beater was just bad form. I liked that Jinjur and her Army actually went and took down the Kingdom of Oz. I wasn't thrilled that their main reason to do so was so that they could get jewels for bracelets and to sell for gowns though. I've married a man who owns nine cows, said Jinjur to Ozma and now I am happy and contented and willing to lead a quiet life and mind my own business. Yep, cause when we women get married that's it. We are therefore happy and have no ambitions at all. Where is your husband? asked Ozma. He is in the house nursing a black eye, replied Jinjur calmly. The foolish man would insist upon milking the red cow when I wanted him to milk the white one; but he will know better next time, I am sure. The book ends and since readers already know that there are 14 Oz books, you know that Dorothy and crew have many adventures awaiting them in Oz.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Dorothy returns to Oz (she wasn't in book two) and meets all the new characters from the last book and catches up with all her friends from book one. I love this one and was a little scared of the Wheelers and the Nomes when I first had it read to me as a child. With my adult eyes, they're not so scary. Honest. I've rated this 5 stars to stop my five-year-old self travelling through time to beat the poop out of me but I did have one slight problem with this book: whatever happened to the Cowardly Dorothy returns to Oz (she wasn't in book two) and meets all the new characters from the last book and catches up with all her friends from book one. I love this one and was a little scared of the Wheelers and the Nomes when I first had it read to me as a child. With my adult eyes, they're not so scary. Honest. I've rated this 5 stars to stop my five-year-old self travelling through time to beat the poop out of me but I did have one slight problem with this book: whatever happened to the Cowardly Lion's courage?!

  6. 4 out of 5

    akiko

    3.5-4 stars I enjoyed book one and two of this series better. Dorothy is on a ship with her uncle, headed to Australia, when a storm hits and she ends up going overboard with a hen (Billina, originally named Bill). The two unlikely companions wash ashore and have an adventure together, meeting the less than ferocious Wheeler creatures, a copper man named (Tik-Tok), a vain Princess of the Land of Ev (missing a rightful queen) who wants to trade Dorothy's head with one from her sprawling collection 3.5-4 stars I enjoyed book one and two of this series better. Dorothy is on a ship with her uncle, headed to Australia, when a storm hits and she ends up going overboard with a hen (Billina, originally named Bill). The two unlikely companions wash ashore and have an adventure together, meeting the less than ferocious Wheeler creatures, a copper man named (Tik-Tok), a vain Princess of the Land of Ev (missing a rightful queen) who wants to trade Dorothy's head with one from her sprawling collection (head 17 being particularly terrible), and the cruel Nome King who enjoys turning people/creatures into ornaments. Old friends from previous books in the series show up too. I would have liked more Ozma, she was more of a secondary character. Another fun story in the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I just finished reading Ozma of Oz, third book in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. There was a funny quote near the end. Ozma, speaking to Dorothy, says, "You see, in this country are a number of youths who do not like to work, and the college is an excellent place for them." There are a number of such youths in our country today! I like the Oz books quite a bit so far, although I was a little distracted by the way Dorothy spoke in this book, leaving out vowels all over the place, pronouncing I just finished reading Ozma of Oz, third book in the Oz series by L. Frank Baum. There was a funny quote near the end. Ozma, speaking to Dorothy, says, "You see, in this country are a number of youths who do not like to work, and the college is an excellent place for them." There are a number of such youths in our country today! I like the Oz books quite a bit so far, although I was a little distracted by the way Dorothy spoke in this book, leaving out vowels all over the place, pronouncing words like "b'lieve" and "prob'ly." I do not remember her speaking this way in the first book. But it's not a big deal you get used to it by the end of the book. Dorothy makes a new friend, Tik-Tok, who is considered the first robot to appear in modern literature, although he's not called a robot. I think he's described as a machine man. But for early 1900s, I'm impressed with all the technology Baum imagines up. It's an example of how fantasy easily blurs with the genre of sci-fi. Another funny thing in the book is the army Ozma brings with her. There's 26 or so officers that are in command over one private, and Baum pokes fun at this military parody throughout the story. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone, although I think you should read the previous Oz books first. It is a book that can stand on it's own, for Baum refers to the occurances of the previous stories briefly to give the reader the background she needs. I'm looking forward to reading the next segment of the Oz series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is my favorite Oz book so far and would make an amazing movie. It makes me a little sad that kids aren't still reading this series and that the internet isn't filled with Ozma kitch. If I dressed like Ozma for Halloween, would anyone recognize me? I'm guessing not, and that makes me a little sad. The book starts with Dorothy and a yellow hen surviving a shipwreck by riding a chicken coop to shore. Upon landing, the (previously ordinary) yellow hen becomes enchanted and begins to talk. The This is my favorite Oz book so far and would make an amazing movie. It makes me a little sad that kids aren't still reading this series and that the internet isn't filled with Ozma kitch. If I dressed like Ozma for Halloween, would anyone recognize me? I'm guessing not, and that makes me a little sad. The book starts with Dorothy and a yellow hen surviving a shipwreck by riding a chicken coop to shore. Upon landing, the (previously ordinary) yellow hen becomes enchanted and begins to talk. The first thing the hungry companions encounter is the most magnificent tree in the world: a lunchbox tree. Among the companions, acquaintances, and foes Dorothy meet along the way are a wind-up copper robot named Tiktok, a princess who likes to wear a different head for every occasion, and a Very Hungry Tiger. How hungry is the tiger? Very hungry indeed. I laughed myself silly at the conversation Dorothy has when she first meets the Very Hungry Tiger, mainly because it is uncomfortably horrible (much like the macabre story of how Nick Chopper turned into the Tin Woodsman): "Oh! Are you hungry?" she asked, turning to the other beast, who was just then yawning so widely that he displayed two rows of terrible teeth and a mouth big enough to startle anyone. "Dreadfully hungry," answered the Tiger, snapping his jaws together with a fierce click. "Then why don't you eat something?" she asked. ... "But you eat harmless things, so it doesn't matter," replied the Tiger. "For my part, I'm a savage beast, and have an appetite for all sorts of poor little living creatures, from a chipmonk to fat babies. ...Fat babies! Don't they sound delicious? But I've never eaten any, because my conscience tells me it is wrong. If I had no conscience I would probably eat the babies and then get hungry again, which would mean that I had sacrificed the poor babies for nothing. No; hungry I was born, and hungry I shall die. But I'll not have any cruel deeds on my conscience to be sorry for." The best part of the story comes when Dorothy and friends try to release the Queen and royal children of Ev from the enchantment of the evil Nome King who has turned them all into palace ornaments. Dorothy, her companions, and all the members of Ozma's small army go in one-by-one to try to guess which of the Nome King's ornaments were once people. The one caveat is that if a person doesn't get any of the guesses correct (which is the usual case), they also turn into palace ornaments. Oh, I love this book. I hope the rest of the series is as delightful. Onward now to Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz which starts with an earthquake. Now I'm wondering if every book featuring Dorothy is going to start with a disaster: first a tornado, then a shipwreck, then an earthquake.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marley

    Still loopy but a tad darker. Again, haven't read this in ages; if anything, I remember it better from the cult classic Return to Oz movie, which made for an interesting comparison. But this one gives you lots of fun with Dorothy and the delightful queen Ozma, not to mention an intrepid hen given powers of speech by transition to the fairylands, one of the most Grimm's-ian villains yet with the Nome King and his dangerous guessing game, and my deep and abiding favorite Tik-Tok, whose wind-up Still loopy but a tad darker. Again, haven't read this in ages; if anything, I remember it better from the cult classic Return to Oz movie, which made for an interesting comparison. But this one gives you lots of fun with Dorothy and the delightful queen Ozma, not to mention an intrepid hen given powers of speech by transition to the fairylands, one of the most Grimm's-ian villains yet with the Nome King and his dangerous guessing game, and my deep and abiding favorite Tik-Tok, whose wind-up personality has a lot more fun to it than he admits--not to mention the endless bickering between the Tin Man and the Scarecrow over who's better off than the poor mechanical fellow (Brains! a heart! etc). It's no wonder this is a lot of people's favorite, and I won't argue with it. Might like the pure bizarreness of Marvelous Land a hair better, but that's a matter of taste.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I’m so glad that Dorothy returned to the land of oz and met many new characters!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Presley

    Shortly into reading Ozma of Oz I started having strange flashbacks. You know those kind of flashbacks when parts of your youth you have forgotten come creeping in and making you think.. did this happen or was it deja vu? Turns out - it did happen! This book was the biggest influence on Disney's 1985 movie, Return to Oz. I knew the changing heads woman was something I hadn't thought up of on my own! So, once my curiosity was appeased I settled in to enjoy the wildly fun ride Ozma of Oz gave me. Shortly into reading Ozma of Oz I started having strange flashbacks. You know those kind of flashbacks when parts of your youth you have forgotten come creeping in and making you think.. did this happen or was it deja vu? Turns out - it did happen! This book was the biggest influence on Disney's 1985 movie, Return to Oz. I knew the changing heads woman was something I hadn't thought up of on my own! So, once my curiosity was appeased I settled in to enjoy the wildly fun ride Ozma of Oz gave me. And oh, what fun it was. This book has everything - from old friends to new, such as the fun Tik-Tok (whom I fell in love with). And you can't forget the private (because the 26 officers need someone to boss around). I giggled, laughed and felt like a child again. I thoroughly enjoyed Billina, the smart hen that.. well, when you read the book you'll know what she does. I think this is exactly how fairy-tales should be written - full of fun, magic, talking chickens, mechanical objects and happy endings.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    I believe what makes a great children's classic is that it can be read by anyone at any age and be enjoyable. I found the first book in this series amazingly creative. And I liked the second volume, as the author emphasizes such political issues as equality for all. But for me, this one was specifically written for children, as it all seems rather silly. Baum brings back the original characters, including Dorothy, just to bring them back to his audience but not in service to a good story. That's I believe what makes a great children's classic is that it can be read by anyone at any age and be enjoyable. I found the first book in this series amazingly creative. And I liked the second volume, as the author emphasizes such political issues as equality for all. But for me, this one was specifically written for children, as it all seems rather silly. Baum brings back the original characters, including Dorothy, just to bring them back to his audience but not in service to a good story. That's not necessarily a bad thing: still, this entry to the series feels, well, childish.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gary Sundell

    Dorothy returns in this 3rd book in the classic Oz series. This book introduces the Gnome King who is a recurring villian in future books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Dorothy Gale returns in this third entry in L. Frank Baum's Oz series, after her notable absence in the second volume, The Marvelous Land of Oz . Traveling with her Uncle Henry to Australia, the Kansas farm-girl is lost at sea during a terrible storm, washed overboard in a chicken coop which serves as an impromptu raft. Together with Billina, a talking hen who is also aboard the coop/raft, Dorothy eventually washes up on the shore of the Land of Ev, a magical country located not far from Oz. Dorothy Gale returns in this third entry in L. Frank Baum's Oz series, after her notable absence in the second volume, The Marvelous Land of Oz . Traveling with her Uncle Henry to Australia, the Kansas farm-girl is lost at sea during a terrible storm, washed overboard in a chicken coop which serves as an impromptu raft. Together with Billina, a talking hen who is also aboard the coop/raft, Dorothy eventually washes up on the shore of the Land of Ev, a magical country located not far from Oz. Here girl and hen confront the Wheelers - a gang of bullies with wheels instead of hands and feet - rescue a mechanical man named Tiktok from his rocky prison, and earn the severe displeasure of the Princess Langwidere, ruling in place of the true royal family of Ev, who are being held captive by the Gnome King. With Dorothy made a prisoner, Tiktok immobilized, and Billina slated for the dinner table, matters look grim, until Ozma of Oz and her entourage arrive, using a magical carpet to traverse the seemingly impassable desert separating Oz and Ev. After a council of war, Ozma and her companions - the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, Cowardly Lion, Hungry Tiger, and a number of fairly useless army officers, as well as Dorothy and Billina - set out to rescue the royal family of Ev from captivity. Despite its title, Ozma of Oz is a book which, like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , has as its main heroine Dorothy Gale, who once again finds herself transported to enchanted realms by severe acts of nature. I enjoyed meeting up with Dorothy again, and found Billina, although an unlikely companion, actually quite appealing as a character, with her tart retorts, and practical sangfroid in the face of astonishing adventures. Ozma of Oz has always been one of my favorites of the Oz series, partly because I feel the story works so well overall - although a distinct pleasure of my youth, there is no denying that some of the stories in the Oz series feel a little bit scattered, almost as if they were travelogues, with an endless supply of new characters, rather than significant development of existing ones - and partly because of some of the more memorable incidents. Princess Langwidere's cabinet of heads has certainly stuck with me over the years, as has Billina's triumph, in discovering the Gnome King's secret, and using it to free the royal family of Ev. As always, the artwork here is gorgeous! I particularly like the portrait of Ozma at the beginning of the book, and then the plate in which she and her entourage are crossing the desert. The latter is undoubtedly the inspiration for the subsequent Del Rey paperback cover-art. However that may be, this is an entertaining and fantastical story, one of the strongest in the series. I recommend it to any child who enjoys whimsical adventures, with the proviso that they really must read the first two Oz books beforehand.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Joni

    I have to say I was quite disappointed with this book. The storyline and characters were just as good as ever - Billina the chicken is perfectly adorable! However, Dorothy makes a reappearance in this book, and it seems that she has made some major regression in her ability to speak proper English. I think Auntie Em should be concerned enough to have a developmental evaluation and consider some interventions. Seriously, though, my only guess is that Baum chooses to have Dorothy speak poor I have to say I was quite disappointed with this book. The storyline and characters were just as good as ever - Billina the chicken is perfectly adorable! However, Dorothy makes a reappearance in this book, and it seems that she has made some major regression in her ability to speak proper English. I think Auntie Em should be concerned enough to have a developmental evaluation and consider some interventions. Seriously, though, my only guess is that Baum chooses to have Dorothy speak poor English (poorly constructed sentences and many abbreviated words with apostrophes cutting out letters or syllables) to convey that she is a child. However, this is bothersome to me on several levels. First of all, she spoke perfectly good English in book 1, and we had no problem understanding that she is a child. Second, being young does not excuse poor grammar, and I don't like the heroes of books being shown as a model of not speaking properly. (Side note: This is my major complaint with the Junie B. Jones books and why I don't encourage my first grader to read them.) Third, since the intended audience in the book is children, I would expect that the unorthodox words would make it harder for them to read, therefore making the book less accessible to them. So I fervently hope that Dorothy has an intellectual awakening before the fourth book, or I may not be able to continue the whole series the way I had intended to.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

    Frank Baum was a true storyteller and romped with such freedom through his fictional tales it never fails to bring a smile to my face. Here’s our heroine (and our very sassy barnyard companion) wandering around on a desert island, dodging Wheelers and looking for food and—presto!—there’s a tree brimming with shiny dinner pails, bursting with good old-fashioned American food! Baum waves his fist and laughs at the idea of trying to write a “serious work” and, consequently, we have some of the most Frank Baum was a true storyteller and romped with such freedom through his fictional tales it never fails to bring a smile to my face. Here’s our heroine (and our very sassy barnyard companion) wandering around on a desert island, dodging Wheelers and looking for food and—presto!—there’s a tree brimming with shiny dinner pails, bursting with good old-fashioned American food! Baum waves his fist and laughs at the idea of trying to write a “serious work” and, consequently, we have some of the most enduring children’s fiction of all time. The sheer zaniness of Dorothy’s adventure in the land of Ev delight me ever single time. From the quirkiness of Billina the chicken to the enchanting (and hilarious) kingdom of the gnomes, Ozma of Oz is a rollicking gold story that is sure to capture you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kurt Reichenbaugh

    Sailing across the ocean to Australia with her Uncle Henry, Dorothy is blown overboard in a storm. Luckily she finds safety in a floating chicken coop of all things and rides out the storm with a hen named Billina (really named Bill, but Dorothy insists that "Bill" is not a fitting name for a hen!) who can talk. Together they was ashore in a strange land of angry shouting creatures known as Wheelers. Escaping from the angry Wheelers, Dorothy finds Tik-Tok, a mechanical man who requires winding Sailing across the ocean to Australia with her Uncle Henry, Dorothy is blown overboard in a storm. Luckily she finds safety in a floating chicken coop of all things and rides out the storm with a hen named Billina (really named Bill, but Dorothy insists that "Bill" is not a fitting name for a hen!) who can talk. Together they was ashore in a strange land of angry shouting creatures known as Wheelers. Escaping from the angry Wheelers, Dorothy finds Tik-Tok, a mechanical man who requires winding up in order to move, talk and think. Tik-Tok informs Dorothy that she's in the Land of Ev, separated from Oz by an inhospitable desert. In Ev they meet Princess Langwidere, who has a collection of 30 heads that she changes each day. After refusing to trade her own head for one of the Princess's cast off heads Dorothy is thrown into a tower as a prisoner. Meanwhile, Ozma of Oz (first appearing in book two of the series) crosses the desert into Ev thanks to a magic carpet provided by Glinda, the Good Witch. Along with Ozma are our old friends The Scarecrow, The Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion, his pal a perpetually Hungry Tiger, and an army of twenty nine officers and one private. The private, of course, is required for the officers to have someone to order around. They're in Ev to rescue the Queen of Ev from the Nome King who rules the underground. This book is a lot of fun, and builds on the world created in the first two books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Another fun instalment in the Oz series - so far, I've vastly preferred the sequels to the original. I have so much fun reading with the Spider, and discovering all of these older books that I was never exposed to as a child. I love that she really gets a lot of the humour in the books that we read now, and I love every time that I have to stop reading. I love that we have the same weird sense of humour. Our favourite line, right at the end: “I've married a man who owns nine cows.". Living the Another fun instalment in the Oz series - so far, I've vastly preferred the sequels to the original. I have so much fun reading with the Spider, and discovering all of these older books that I was never exposed to as a child. I love that she really gets a lot of the humour in the books that we read now, and I love every time that I have to stop reading. I love that we have the same weird sense of humour. Our favourite line, right at the end: “I've married a man who owns nine cows.". Living the dream!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Mr Baum wrote 14 Oz books, from 1900 to 1920. As a kid, I read a few of these that my step-father had from his childhood, along with some Gasoline Alley and Hardy Boy stories. Ozma is the 3rd book in the series, with Dorothy Gale traveling with Uncle Henry to Australia aboard a boat. A storm (naturally) comes up, she's overboard on a raft with a chicken. In the fairy land, the chicken can talk, and becomes a favorite with her irascible behavior. Throw in the Tik Tok man, old friends from the Mr Baum wrote 14 Oz books, from 1900 to 1920. As a kid, I read a few of these that my step-father had from his childhood, along with some Gasoline Alley and Hardy Boy stories. Ozma is the 3rd book in the series, with Dorothy Gale traveling with Uncle Henry to Australia aboard a boat. A storm (naturally) comes up, she's overboard on a raft with a chicken. In the fairy land, the chicken can talk, and becomes a favorite with her irascible behavior. Throw in the Tik Tok man, old friends from the first book, and the bad Nome King, and it's a sweet fantasy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    So weird and kinda creepy at times but also highly entertaining as were the first two books. Jinjur is probably my favorite character in the Oz books thus far. She only had a very short appearance in this book but it might be my favorite part of the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shoshana

    Several thoughts on this one. I love how Dorothy is completely resilient, calm, and optimistic in the face of extreme danger. I mean, it's also pretty ridiculous - at the beginning of the book, a storm throws her overboard with nothing but a chicken coop to keep her afloat on the vast ocean, and she is "more amused than frightened at her sudden change of condition," gives "a sigh of regret at parting with Uncle Henry," and promptly goes to sleep. Like, what? Yeah, uh, ok. Still, I really Several thoughts on this one. I love how Dorothy is completely resilient, calm, and optimistic in the face of extreme danger. I mean, it's also pretty ridiculous - at the beginning of the book, a storm throws her overboard with nothing but a chicken coop to keep her afloat on the vast ocean, and she is "more amused than frightened at her sudden change of condition," gives "a sigh of regret at parting with Uncle Henry," and promptly goes to sleep. Like, what? Yeah, uh, ok. Still, I really appreciate that a book from a hundred years ago has something going for it that so many contemporary books still don't have: an interesting female character who goes on adventures without crying and withering. She's physically active, too: "...Dorothy had to climb over the high slats [of the chicken coop]. Still, for a country girl, that was not much of a feat...." So in my review of The Marvelous Land of Oz, I noticed that the desert surrounding Oz was not yet instantly deadly, but rather uncrossable presumably due to distance and barrenness. In Ozma of Oz, this first appears not to have changed: "...I've been to the Land of Oz," says Dorothy, "and it's all surrounded by a horrid desert that no one can cross." Later, though, we see Ozma" & co. proceeding across the desert on a magical green carpet, which logically would protect their feet from deadly sands but shouldn't protect their bodies from starvation and exhaustion. This is corroborated shortly thereafter: "...there was always just enough of [the carpet] for the procession to walk upon, in order that their feet might not come in contact with the deadly, life-destroying sands of the desert." So there you are! Desert: Now deadly. Anyway, back to things I love about these books. Let me tell you, I freaking love Princess Langwidere, of the 30 interchangeable heads (she keeps them in cupboards and switches them out when she gets bored of the one she has on). Here is a bit that I think illustrates her beautifully - one of my favorite moments in the whole book: [Ozma has just told Langwidere that she intends to free Langwidere's family from the Nome King, and she continues as follows.] "'But first you must liberate another prisoner - the little girl you have locked up in your tower.' 'Of course,' said Langwidere, readily. I had forgotten all about her. that was yesterday, you know, and a Princess cannot be expected to remember today what she did yesterday. Come with me, and I will release the prisoner at once.'" Here's another thing I love about this book and later Oz books: The Nome King! The Nome King is hilarious. He is probably one of my favorite villains of all time. As I recall, his character changes dramatically several times throughout the course of the books - making him actually one of the few (or only?) characters to evolve in any significant way in this series - but I particularly enjoy him in Ozma of Oz. He is polite, witty, powerful, mischievous, and thoroughly dishonest while remaining technically true to his word. And while we're at it, how about Billina, whom I've been so looking forward to? After the Nome King shouts about her eggs being poison, she gets all indignant and tells him that "all [her] eggs are warranted strictly fresh and up to date." I love the whole plot with the knick-knacks. I like the gimmick with the 26 officers and one private. Basically, I love this whole book. I don't know that it was one of my favorites as a kid (The Lost Princess of Oz and The Magic of Oz headed that list), but it might be one of my favorites now. P.S. The Hungry Tiger: Old-school, funnier Edward Cullen? "'Your present appearance makes my mouth water,' said the Tiger, looking at Billina greedily. 'My, my! how good you would taste if I could only crunch you between my jaws. But don't worry. You would only appease my appetite for a moment; so it isn't worth while to eat you.... besides, it wouldn't be right,' continued the Tiger, looking steadily at Billina and clicking his jaws together. 'Of course not,' cried Dorothy, hastily. 'Billina is my friend, and you mustn't ever eat her under any circ'mstances.' 'I'll try to remember that,' said the Tiger, 'but I'm a little absent-minded, at times.'"

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hollie Turner

    I loved this book ... possibly even more than the first two. My only reasoning for not giving it 5 stars was that The Cowardly Lion seemed to be a coward again, despite being given courage by the Wizard from the first book and that made me sad. This was the only problem I had but as a whole. This is my favourite Oz book so far. I also noticed that a lot of 'Ozma of Oz' was used as inspiration for the second Wizard of Oz movie ('Return to Oz') which I really liked. I loved the concept of the I loved this book ... possibly even more than the first two. My only reasoning for not giving it 5 stars was that The Cowardly Lion seemed to be a coward again, despite being given courage by the Wizard from the first book and that made me sad. This was the only problem I had but as a whole. This is my favourite Oz book so far. I also noticed that a lot of 'Ozma of Oz' was used as inspiration for the second Wizard of Oz movie ('Return to Oz') which I really liked. I loved the concept of the Wheelers and Princess Langwidere and her thirty heads. I thoroughly enjoyed this addition and just a little sad I couldn't give it 5 stars because of the little inconsistency with the Lion. All in all, a beautiful book with unforgettable characters!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nostalgia Reader

    3.5 stars. Slower and bit more "obvious" in the plot line, but still an enjoyable installment in the series! I particularly loved Tik-Tok describing Smith and Tinker--falling into paintings and building a ladder to the moon? WHERE IS THIS IN FULL STORY FORM, I DEMAND IT. <3

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tatuu

    Oh Billina! Billina is such a sweetie! I imagined she had an African American accent- makes her conversations more interesting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    This was always my favorite of the series, and I loved revisiting this magical world.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    Okay, so I know I'm gonna piss off a lot of people here, but bear with me... I never read the Oz books as a child, so have none of the nostalgic foundation a lot of my GR friends do. So other than the infamous MGM movie, my first exposure was just a month or two ago with the thoroughly delightful Eric Shanower/Skottie Young MARVEL graphic updates, (of which I have already bought a set to share with my someday-grandchildren). So THAT is where I am completely coming from here. So...having finished Okay, so I know I'm gonna piss off a lot of people here, but bear with me... I never read the Oz books as a child, so have none of the nostalgic foundation a lot of my GR friends do. So other than the infamous MGM movie, my first exposure was just a month or two ago with the thoroughly delightful Eric Shanower/Skottie Young MARVEL graphic updates, (of which I have already bought a set to share with my someday-grandchildren). So THAT is where I am completely coming from here. So...having finished the MARVEL series, I decided to read one of the original stories just for comparison, and picked up Ozma because that and The Wonderful Wizard were my favorites. And I have to say that - again, coming with no previous history here - IMHO they have not aged well, at least in the original. Yes, they are charming and imaginative inventions, so definitely deserving of a good remake. But Baum's writing style is extremely dated, and Neill's illustrations in many cases frankly creeped me out. The Wheelers are scary in a purely WTF way, as is the picture of the rock wall full of Nomes. Ozma herself looks like a Maxfield Parrish outtake, and I'm pretty sure Dorothy stepped right out of "The Shining." So in the end, I just came away with an even greater respect for the Shanower/Young redos. I hadn't realized when I first read them, but the dialogue is all lifted virtually straight from the book, although MARVEL thankfully spares us Baum's verbal tics, where Dorothy sounds like a real hick with her endless use of "immed'i'tly" and "pss'bly" and "tel'phones," and Tiktok wears out his welcome after just one page of hy-phen-a-ting e-ve-ry frick-in ut-ter-rance, be-cause he is a mech-an-i-cal man...WE GET IT. So looks like I'm really done with Oz this time - until I pick up and look through one of the MARVEL books again...Young's drawings REALLY are a joy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    So this book was more what I was expecting of the second book in the series; for one, having Dorothy as the main character! In this book, Dorothy is on a ship travelling to Australia with her uncle (who is in need of some serious rest and relaxation) when she is swept overboard during a huge storm and ends up washed ashore in the Land of Ev... along with one very lucky/unlucky yellow hen, who has been brought along for the ride. When there, they meet up with some old (and new) friends, and go on So this book was more what I was expecting of the second book in the series; for one, having Dorothy as the main character! In this book, Dorothy is on a ship travelling to Australia with her uncle (who is in need of some serious rest and relaxation) when she is swept overboard during a huge storm and ends up washed ashore in the Land of Ev... along with one very lucky/unlucky yellow hen, who has been brought along for the ride. When there, they meet up with some old (and new) friends, and go on a small quest to save the ruling family of Ev from the dreaded Nome King who is keeping them trapped in his underground kingdom. There were a lot of familiar elements in this novel, as it seems to have been the [primary] inspiration for the 1985 film Return to Oz. In fact, I'd say that the movie is a bit of a mish-mash between this book and the second in the series; the plot is almost identical to this book, but the main characters and the side plots are taken from both of them. It was interesting to see how things were combined to create the movie (...which I haven't seen in YEARS but still have very strong memories of, in particular how dang creepy some of those characters seemed to a child... That "many headed" lady gave me flashbacks I swear. Still freaks me out.) Side note: While there are definitely some challenges to the "gender norm" of the time in which this book was written, it still makes me mad that the reason for Billina's name is because Bill wasn't a "proper name for a female". Rude. Let the damn hen be called Bill! It's a great name!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chandra

    What a fun (and sometimes odd) read! It was a delight to see Dorothy and her friends again. Also, I think Billina is my new favorite character in Oz!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Illiterate

    The tiger is a nice dig at moral doctrines.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elena Rothfuss

    I love how well these books have held up for being written in the early 1900s!

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