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They were changed to the dazzling red footwear that we know to take advantage of the fancy Technicolor technology used in the movie. There's widespread speculation that the book was, in fact, an allegory on the political and economic climate of the s and that Dorothy's silver shoes were part of a populist parable. As is typical with movie adaptations, the film differs from its source material in more ways than I can list here—at least without losing your attention. A few of the notable differences, besides the ruby slippers: In the book, Oz is a real place, not a dream world; thus the existence of forty-one sequels.

Dorothy is a stronger, more feminist protagonist and considerably less weepy. There are quite a few more subplots, including a visit to a city made of China and an encounter with an odd race of armless guards called Hammerhead, and much, much more beheading. Baum, self-proclaimed Royal Historian Of Oz, presented Oz as an actual land whose history was being relayed to him by visitors and residents of Oz.

When he wanted to put an end to the series after the sixth book, The Emerald City Of Oz , he claimed to have difficulty reaching Dorothy. When his other non-Oz books failed to pay the bills, Dorothy conveniently got in touch via a telegraph message so that Baum could continue the saga.

Following Baum's death in , eight other officially sanctioned authors have contributed to the series as Royal Historians Of Oz. Together, the nine authors have invented a meticulously detailed world complete with a flag, maps, economic and political background, and defense strategy. For the rest of you, head to Wikipedia or, better yet, get crackin' on the book series.

Baum's fourteenth and final book, Glinda Of Oz , was published posthumously in at which point Philadelphia-based children's author Ruth Plumly Thompson took over the series, writing one book every year from to , making her contribution to the series the most extensive of any Royal Historian, including Baum himself.

Her take on Oz tended to be more humorous and kid-friendly than Baum's, who had a tendency to let things get a little dark at times. That last arm must have been tough. Thompson anthropomorphized the heck out of everything—talking scrolls, a balloon dude named Atmos Fere so clever , Bill the iron weathercock, and Humpy the stunt dummy Dorothy meets in Hollywood. I am not making this up. John R. Neill took over writing duties after Thompson, but had already been a vital part of the Oz series for nearly forty years. Baum had a falling out with the first book's illustrator, so save for The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz , Neill illustrated all thirty-three of Baum and Thompson's novels as well as the three Oz novels he wrote himself between and Each of the thirty-five books featured more than a hundred pen-and-ink drawings by Neill, who has also been called the Imperial Illustrator Of Oz.

These folks love to give each other titles. Neill was succeeded by Jack Snow, who wrote two Oz books in and Snow was a long-time Oz scholar who originally offered to take over the series after Baum died in , but was turned down on account of the fact that he was 12 years old at the time. Nice try, kiddo. The story of Oz and its wacky citizens is seemingly endless. It continues even today with current Royal Historian Sherwood Smith, who, in , penned The Emerald Wand Of Oz , the first officially sanctioned book in more than four decades.

Sky pirates, you guys! It never ends. There are also dozens of unofficial Oz books by authors who either went rogue and did their own versions of Oz or fans who tried to closely adhere to the history and geography of the Oz created in the canonical books. Seems legit, no? Still, it was a big hit with Eastern Bloc kids. He went on to write actually write five sequels in the sixties and seventies. There are places in the world where Volkov's version of Oz is better known than Baum's. Granted, those same places still think t.

The revisionist history written in the four-book Wicked Years series by Gregory Maguire spawned the Tony-winning Broadway musical Wicked and, aside from the mega-budget Disney version of Oz being released today, did more to bring Baum's fantastical land back to the forefront of pop culture than anything in recent years. Forty-two books seems like a commitment—and it is—but the sheer amount of imagination packed into its pages makes the Oz series well worth your or your child's time. Besides, it's still books shorter than the Sweet Valley High series, books shorter than Nancy Drew , and books shorter than The Babysitters Club.

Here are but a few of the wondrous and bizarre places and characters you'll run across during your exploration of Oz. Meanwhile, in Perhaps City in the Maybe Mountains the Princess Pretty Good disappears after the prophet Abrog foresees her marrying a monster if she does not marry in four days. The Lost King of Oz. Old Mombi from The Marvelous Land of Oz is now a cook in the land of Kimbaloo, and one day comes across Pajuka, the former prime minister of Oz, whom she enchanted into a goose years before.

She sets out to find Princess Ozma's lost father Pastoria , the former king of Oz, whom she had also enchanted. Meanwhile, Dorothy is accidentally transported to Hollywood , where she meets Humpy, a live stunt dummy, whom she brings back to Oz. The Hungry Tiger of Oz. They escape, and have many adventures on the way back to Oz.

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The Gnome King of Oz. The two escape to Oz, which the Gnome King plans to conquer. Meanwhile, Scraps, the Patchwork Girl, is kidnapped by the Quilties and made their queen. The Giant Horse of Oz. Many years ago, before Dorothy came to Oz, the royal family of the Munchkins were kidnapped and imprisoned on the mysterious Ozure Islands by the witch Mombi. Quiberon, an evil monster created by Mombi, guards them, but now wants a mortal maiden.

Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz. The two set off for the Emerald City, but take a wrong turn and end up in the Quadling Country, where they meet products of Mogodore, Red Baron of Baffleburg's plot to conquer Oz and marry Ozma, including Belfaygor of Bourne , with his beard cursed to rapid growth, and Snif the Iffin, a griffin who has lost his "grr. The Yellow Knight of Oz. Sir Hokus of Pokes grows bored with life in the Emerald City, and he and the Comfortable Camel set out for some adventure.

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Meanwhile, a boy named Speedy blasts his way to Oz in a homemade rocket ship, where he finds himself in the underground kingdom of Subterranea. Sir Hokus rescues the Princess Marygolden and finds a shift in his identity and learns that his memories of Merrie Olde England are false. Pirates in Oz. The former Gnome King, now a mute outcast wandering peddler, regains his ability to speak, becomes King of the small kingdom of Menankypoo, enlists a gang of pirates and a clever magician, and attempts once again to conquer the land of Oz.

Meanwhile, Peter returns to Oz for a third time, and in the company of a deposed king and a pirate chief whose pirates have abandoned him for being soft-hearted, sails around the Nonestic Ocean visiting small islands. They are joined by Pigasus the flying pig. The Purple Prince of Oz.

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When the royal family of Pumperdink is enchanted by an evil fairy, Kabumpo and young Prince Randy of Regalia traveling incognito escape, and ultimately rescue the kingdom with the help of Red Jinn. In the process, Randy accomplishes the tasks which the Kingdom of Regalia requires of its princes as proof of manhood and strong character. Ojo from The Patchwork Girl of Oz is captured by Gypsies, who plan to exchange him for a large bounty which a mysterious magician is offering to anyone who can capture and deliver him.

He escapes with fellow captive Snufferbux the dancing bear, and falls in with Realbad, the leader of a group of bandits. Speedy in Oz. Speedy from The Yellow Knight of Oz returns for another adventure. While inspecting a dinosaur skeleton, Speedy is blown by a geyser into the air. The skeleton comes magically to life and becomes Terrybubble, a live although fleshless dinosaur.

Terrybubble and Speedy land on Umbrella Island, a magic floating island, which has been captured by a giant. The Wishing Horse of Oz. This Oz mystery starts in Skampavia where King Skamperoo wishes for a horse using enchanted emerald necklaces.

When Chalk, the Wishing Horse of Oz, falls from the sky, Skamperoo decides the emeralds must be from the Emerald City, and decides to conquer all of Oz. Captain Salt in Oz. Captain Salt from Pirates in Oz sails the Nonestic Ocean and discovers Ozamaland, a legendary land of flying animals, as well as the famous White City of Om and many other places. Handy Mandy in Oz. Mandy from Mt. Mern is a Mernite, a race of seven-handed people. One day, while Mandy is trying to gather her goats, the rock she is standing on is blown into the air and into Oz.

This is also the last appearance of Ruggedo, the Gnome King. The Silver Princess in Oz. Before long, they meet Planetty, the lovely Princess from Anuther Planet, and her fire-breathing Thundercolt, Thun, and set off on more adventures. Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz. The Wizard decides to create ozoplanes for his friends which can fly into the stratosphere. The phrase "The Wizard of Oz" was included in the title to coincide with the release of the film The Wizard of Oz.

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The Wonder City of Oz. Jenny Jump captures a leprechaun and forces him to make her into a fairy, but he only does half the job before escaping. Jenny then jumps to Oz using her half-fairy gifts. She soon sets up a fashionable Style Shop with a magic turnstile which will give anyone high style and challenges Ozma to an ozlection to become ruler of the Land of Oz. The Scalawagons of Oz.

The Wizard creates Scalawagons, intelligent cars that can also fly. He makes Tik-Tok superintendent of the Scalawagons Factory, but the mechanical man runs down. Bell Snickle , a mysterious creature, takes advantage of Tik-Tok's condition by filling the scalawagons with "flabber-gas" and the Wizard nearly loses his scalawagons. Lucky Bucky in Oz. Bucky is aboard a tugboat in New York Harbor when the boiler blows up. He is soon blown into the Nonestic Ocean where he meets Davy Jones, a wooden whale. The pair travel to the Emerald City, and have many watery adventures along the way.

By Jack Snow. The Magical Mimics in Oz. During Ozma's absence, the evil Mimics escape their imprisonment on Mount Illuso and use their magic to take the form of others and attempt to conquer Oz. The Shaggy Man of Oz. It is discovered that the love magnet, which was owned by the Shaggy Man from The Road to Oz , has broken, and only its creator, the evil Conjo, can fix it. Meanwhile, Twink and Tom are pulled through their television to the Isle of Conjo in the Nonestic Ocean along with the wooden clown Twiffle.

Soon the Shaggy Man arrives and saves them from Conjo. By Rachel R. The Hidden Valley of Oz. Jam, a boy from Ohio, builds a kite and attaches it to a crate and sets off to Oz with his two guinea pigs, Pinny and Gig, and a lab rat named Percy. Once in Oz, Jam realizes his pets can talk. He lands in the Hidden Valley and becomes a prisoner, but they escape and set out on adventures with the Tin Woodman.

Merry Go Round in Oz. Upon landing, Robin must help find the missing magic Circlets of Halidom. Subsequent books published by the International Wizard of Oz Club. The Enchanted Island of Oz. David B. Perry and his talking camel Humpty Bumpty find themselves on Kapurta, an island stranded in the sky. David must supply the magic to move the island and visit the Emerald City in time for the Cowardly Lion's birthday party. The Forbidden Fountain of Oz. Ozma takes a sip from limeade made from the Forbidden Fountain, forgets who she is and disappears. As the androgynous Poppy, she befriends reformed unsuccessful bandit Tobias Bridlecull, Jr.

Kabumpo sets out to rescue her, but he believes Toby to be a kidnapper, so she does not want to be saved. The Ozmapolitan of Oz. The International Wizard of Oz Club. Septimius Septentrion is three weeks into a job as a printer at the Ozmapolitan in the Emerald City of Oz. A chance meeting with Princess Dorothy leads to a plan to drum up news to promote the sleepy Ozite newspaper. Accompanied by a mifket named Jinx and Dorothy's cat Eureka, "Tim" and Dorothy embark on a cross-country trip through the Winkie Country. The plan is to meet the Scarecrow at his corncob-shaped residence; but the plan quickly goes awry.

The Wicked Witch of Oz. Singra , the Wicked Witch of the South, awakens after a year nap and decides to make up for all the wickedness she missed out on. Dorothy and friends must try and stop her before she destroys the Emerald City. The Hidden Prince of Oz. Published in celebration of the hundredth anniversary of L. Toto sets out for the deep, dark Gillikin forests to find the beasts who stole his growl.

Eventually he meets an aristocratic guinea pig, the poet Sonny, a plaid Hoot Owl, and two visitors from Kentucky. Joining forces, the adventurers soon realize that some mysterious magic is the cause of their misfortunes and the key to unraveling the secret of strange disappearances. The Emerald Wand of Oz. If you want the Oz books compiled on your shelf in one book, until they come out with one containing the original illustrations, this is worthy. I love the classic film and as a parent, had seen it some hundred plus times over the years, thanks mainly to a daughter who was obsessed with it at one point.

I had read the first book when I was much younger, seeking more of the color and pageantry and spectacle of the movie and remember being vaguely disappointed. That's what happens when Hollywood magic fills your imagination. I saw this complete collection on Amazonr recently, read the great reader reviews of the edition, and frankly, the l I love the classic film and as a parent, had seen it some hundred plus times over the years, thanks mainly to a daughter who was obsessed with it at one point.

I saw this complete collection on Amazonr recently, read the great reader reviews of the edition, and frankly, the low price made it a no-brainer lol even for a non-scarecrow. I'm glad I did. The books are wonderful! The first one is a lot like the film, mainly in the first half, and all the essential elements and fascinating contradictions are all right there in the text itself: the scarecrow who wants brains but is the smartest one of all, the lion who thinks himself a coward but is in fact the bravest one, the tin man who has more heart than anyone of them, and Dorothy who makes everyplace home Baum was the architect who laid out the brilliant blue print that wonderful casting and production turned into movie magic.

I adore the film, it's one of the greatest ever made. But the books are superb and most importantly, there are 14 of them! The story is great, the adventures amazing.

This is one of the greatest classics of all time. And this Kindle edition is excellent, with perfect editing and proofing and layout to make the experience a classic as well. They just don't write them like this anymore, do they? I have read these books aloud to my sons and I have to say these are some of my favorite stories! I would love to own the collection as a whole to give them when they are adults so they may read to their children.

Kinda a classic No kinda about it. The first of fourteen stories written by L. Frank Baum is almost identical to the movie, and is the most familiar. Of course, they were written a century ago, but the phrasing is old, and several unintended double entendres exist. Still, enjoyable, even though by book 11 I I was ready to have done with it. Perhaps I should have paced myself I've loved the Oz books since I was a kid, so it was great to have the chance to buy them all in one digital volume and re-read them. It's amazing how elevated the language is compared to today's children's books.

I highly recommend these, especially if you've only ever read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Reading them all in a row does cast a light on some world building inconsistencies, but considering that Baum never intended to write so many, it's easy to understand how that happened. View 1 comment. This is the complete collection of oz books by Frank L baum, and is a good collection to read it you enjoyed the wizard of oz and want to know what happened after the wizard of oz and what became of Dorothy and her friends.

I hope my children love reading as much as I do, because this is the 1st series of book I will have them read Great time. Read them!!! I love these books, I am a adventure lover so I read all of them and loved every moment of them. I would recommend this for all adventure lovers.

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This was fun to listen to on my ipod while swimming. It has so many life lessons embedded in the wonderful story: easy to see why it has become a classic.


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The book is a great deal different from the film. Lots more content - especially toward the end. I love the original color illustrations. One or two duds but overall, this was a lovely collection of stories to read. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: some differences but mostly similar to the film version I'm more familiar with. My only annoyance is that, at times, Dorothy seemed to be obsessed with food. It felt like every other page she was eating.

There were some interesting characters such as General Jinjur and Tip. Some lines were quite witty and I read them with One or two duds but overall, this was a lovely collection of stories to read. Plus, the title's a little misleading. It was quite repetitive and it didn't hold my attention. It was interesting to read about more quirky residents of Oz.

Two characters were introduced as if I already knew them and I genuinely thought I'd missed something previously. View all 3 comments. And thus I finish reading the original series of Oz. There were tons of books written later by other people but I figure this is quite enough. It took me two years reading from the local library from pretty amazing reprint versions with the original artwork. And it was worth reading and I wish I had read it earlier. And I would have read it to my kids. But on its own, separate from its obvious impact on the world, this series did not hold up to time and was generally unimpressive.

There was too And thus I finish reading the original series of Oz. There was too much repetition and not enough interesting plot. The characters were imaginative and silly and endlessly weird though, which is definitely the series' strength. By the time I was finished I hated l. Frank Baum, but then I read a biography that said he wrote all of the follow-ups because of requests he had received from kids.

Maybe he hated Dorothy by the time he was sfinished. I rarely find a book that doesn't exceed it's adaptation to screen but this is the case here. While popular in its time it pales in comparison to the classic movie of Still a worthwhile read if your curious to discover the inspiration behind the movie. Everyone who grew up loving the Wizard of Oz on television should read this book. Frank Baum first introduced us to his enduring creation in And the rest, as they say, was history. It has spawned numerous other books. Ruth Plumley Thompson took over the series after Baum's death the fourteenth Oz book was published posthumously and wrote twenty-one novels, with a book of Oz poetry appearing in t L.

Ruth Plumley Thompson took over the series after Baum's death the fourteenth Oz book was published posthumously and wrote twenty-one novels, with a book of Oz poetry appearing in the early nineties. Other writers have taken up pen to add to the rich world as well. And of course that fine film introduced Oz to folks that don't read and know not what they miss.

Some find fault with Baum's work. But remember children of that previous and early Twentieth century weren't nearly as sophisticated as those of today's world. Education wasn't as wide spread either. I read all of Baum's Oz books many years back in new editions.