The “Royal Historian of Oz”
Since 1900, when L. Frank Baum introduced to the children of America The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and all the other exciting characters who inhabit the land of Oz, these delightful fairy tales have stimulated the imagination of millions of young readers.
These are stories which are genuine fantasy—creative, funny, tender, exciting and surprising. Filled with the rarest and most absurd creatures, each of the 14 volumes which now comprise the series, has been eagerly sought out by generation after generation until today they are known to all except the very young or those who were never young at all.
1. The Wizard of Oz
It is in this book that Oz is “discovered.” A little Kansas girl—Dorothy Gale—is carried in her house to Oz when a cyclone whisks it through the sky. As the house lands in the Munchkin Country, one of the four great countries of Oz, it sends Dorothy off on her first adventure in this wonderful land. On her way, she finds the Scarecrow, meets the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. Since this book appeared, more than a century ago, we have learned many marvelous things about the Land of Oz.
2. The Land of Oz
This sequel to The Wizard of Oz deals entirely with the early history of Oz. No one from the “great outside world” appears in it. It takes its readers on a series of incredible adventures with Tip, a small boy who runs away from old Mombi, the witch, taking with him Jack Pumpkinhead and the wooden Saw-Horse. The Land of Oz ends with an amazing surprise that will delight you.
3. Ozma of Oz
Few of the Oz books are as crowded with exciting Oz happenings as this one. Not only does it bring Dorothy back to Oz on her second visit, but it introduces her to Princess Ozma. The book relates Ozma’s first important adventure and it introduces for the first time such famous Oz characters as Tik-Tok the mechanical man, Billina the hen, the Hungry Tiger and the Nome King. Most of the adventures in this book take place outside Oz, in the Land of Ev and the Nome Kingdom. Scarcely a page fails to quiver with excitement, magic and adventure.
4. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
Of course, everyone always predicted it would happen! And in this book it does—the Wizard comes back to Oz to stay. Best of all, he comes with Dorothy, who is having adventure number three that leads her to Oz. In this book we meet Dorothy’s pink kitten, Eureka, whose manners need adjusting badly, and two good friends—Jim the cabhorse and Zeb, Dorothy’s young cousin, who works on a ranch as a hired boy.
5. The Road to Oz
We like to think of this volume as “The Party Book of Oz.” Almost everyone loves a party and when Ozma has a birthday party with notables from every part of fairyland attending—well! —, it is just like attending Ozma’s party in person. You meet the famous of Oz, and lots of others, such as Queen Zixi of Ix, John Dough, Chick the Cherub, the Queen of Merryland, Para Bruin the rubber bear and—best of all—Santa Claus himself! Of course there are lots of adventures on that famous road to Oz before the party, during which Dorothy, on her way to Oz for the fourth time, meets such heart-warming characters as the Shaggy Man, Button-Bright, and lovely Polychrome, daughter of the rainbow.
6. The Emerald City of Oz
Here is a “double” story of Oz. While Dorothy, her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry experience the events that lead to their going to Oz to make their home in the Emerald City, the wicked Nome King is plotting to conquer Oz and enslave its people. Later we go with Dorothy and her friends in the Red Wagon on a grand tour of Oz that is simply packed with excitement and events.
7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Here, the Patchwork Girl is brought to life by Dr. Pipt’s magic Powder of Life. From that moment on the action never slows down in this exciting book. It tells of Ojo’s quest for the strange ingredients necessary to brew a magic liquid that will release his Unk Nunkie from a spell. In addition to the Patchwork Girl, Ojo and Unk Nunkie, this book introduces such famous Oz creatures as the Woozy and Bungle the glass cat. Oz certainly has become a merrier, happier land since the Patchwork Girl came to life.
8. Tik-Tok of Oz
For the second time, a little girl from the United States comes to Oz. Betsy Bobbin is shipwrecked in the Nonestic Ocean with her friend Hank the mule. The two drift to shore in the Rose Kingdom on a fragment of wreckage. Betsy meets the Shaggy Man and accompanies him to the Nome Kingdom, where Shaggy hopes to release his brother. On their way, one fascinating adventure follows another. They meet Queen Ann Soforth of Oogaboo and her army, and lovely Polychrome; they rescue Tik-Tok; and are dropped through a Hollow Tube to the other side of the world where they meet Quox, the dragon. You’ll find it one of the most exciting of all the Oz books.
9. The Scarecrow of Oz
This is the Oz book which L. Frank Baum considered his best. It starts quietly enough with Trot and Cap’n Bill rowing along a shore of the Pacific Ocean to visit one of the many caves near their home on the California coast. Suddenly, a mighty whirlpool engulfs them. The old sailorman and the little girl are miraculously saved and regain consciousness to find themselves in a sea cavern. To this day, Trot asserts she felt mermaid arms about her during those terrible moments under water. From here on, one perilous adventure crowds in upon another.
10. Rinkitink in Oz
Prince Inga of Pingaree is the boy hero of this fine story of peril-filled adventure in the islands of the Nonestic Ocean. King Rinkitink provides comic relief, and by the time you reach the final page you will love this fat, jolly little king. Bilbil the goat, with his surly disposition, provides a fine contrast to Rinkitink’s merriment and Prince Inga’s bravery and courage in the face of danger. Some may say that the three magic pearls are the real heroes of this story, but the pearls would have been of little use to King Kitticut and Queen Garee if Prince Inga hadn’t used them wisely and courageously.
11. The Lost Princess of Oz
As soon as it is discovered that Ozma is lost—and with her all the important magical instruments in Oz—search parties, one for each of the four countries of Oz, set out to find her. We follow the adventures of the party headed by Dorothy and the Wizard, who explore unknown parts of the Winkie Country in search of Ozma. How Ozma is found, and where she has been, will surprise you. Frogman, a new character, is introduced in this book.
12. The Tin Woodman of Oz
When Woot wanders into the splendid tin castle of Nick Chopper, the Tin Woodman and Emperor of the Winkies, he meets the Scarecrow, who is visiting his old friend. The Tin Woodman tells Woot the story of how he had once been a flesh-and-blood woodman in love with a maiden named Nimmie Aimee. Woot suggests that since the Tin Woodman now has a kind and loving heart, it is his duty to find Nimmie Aimee and make her Empress of the Winkies. The Scarecrow agrees, so the three set off to search for the girl. No less surprising than the adventures encountered on the journey is Nimmie Aimee’s reception of her former suitor.
13. The Magic of Oz
Old Ruggedo, the former Nome King, comes to Oz for the second time, and makes more trouble than he did on his first visit. Ruggedo never gives up the idea of conquering Oz, and this time he has the advantage of being in the country without Ozma’s knowledge. Also, he has the magic and somewhat grudging help of Kiki Aru, the Munchkin boy who is illegally practicing the art. If you like magic, then this is a book for you. There’s magic on every page, and everyone in the story eventually is transformed into something else, or bewitched in one way or another. Even the wild animals in the great Forest of Gugu do not escape.
14. Glinda of Oz
This is the last Oz book written by L. Frank Baum. It is one of the best in the series, with Dorothy, Ozma, and Glinda in an adventure that takes them to an amazing crystal-domed city on an enchanted island. This island is situated in a lake in the Gillikin Country. Ozma and Glinda are confronted by powerful magic and determined enemies. For a time Dorothy and Ozma are prisoners in the crystal-domed city which is able to submerge below the surface of the lake. Few of the Oz books equal this one in suspense and mystery—a story that is truly “out of this world.”