πŸ“– The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum β­β­

Having enjoyed reading the American, turn-of-the-century, children’s classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, during my first Classics Club list, I straight away added its 1904 sequel,Β The Marvelous Land of Oz to my second list. Which I picked up to read in March, looking for some light relief in my reading, with the start of the current troubling times.

In this, the second of Baum’s magical Oz tales, set after Dorothy has returned home to Kansas, we follow the wonderful adventures of a young boy named Tip, as he travels through the many lands of Oz, with his magical creations, Jack Pumpkinhead and the Wooden Sawhorse. They are heading to the Emerald City to escape the evil witch Mombi, who Tip was left with as a baby and who has treated him cruelly and put him to work ever since; but it was her nasty threat to turn him into a statue that made Tip finally brave enough to flee.

However on arriving at the Emerald City, Tip finds that the ruler of city, the Scarecrow, is under siege from General Jinjur and the city is in chaos as her army of young women put the men to work and steal the precious emerald gems right of the walls, paths and buildings. So Tip performs a daring escape with the Scarecrow and sets off on a dangerous adventure to seek the help of the Tin Woodman, in the land of the Winkies, to thwart Mombi’s wicked plans; overcome General Jinjur’s rebellion; and find the true leader who can bring peace: the lost princess Ozma.

While young Tip was still a little two-dimensional, as Dorothy had been in the previous book, I did find him a plucky and likeable fellow, and with the addition of our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as many new, colourful friends, too, like: Jack Pumpkinhead, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug and the amazing Gump, I found myself never bored or in want of amusement, and so, what followed was a charming set of adventures, laced with danger, magic, friendship and, surprisingly, some investigation of gender roles – No, I really didn’t see that coming either! But it was a pleasant surprise, if still a little old fashioned in its views.

All in all, The Marvelous Land of Oz was exactly what I wanted: a light, fun and endearing magical adventure, that was perfect to escape into, even with my tired mind, and I finished it off in a couple of sittings. After finishing this I am seriously wondering whether I should add the next of Baum’s Oz books, Ozma of Oz, to my classics list. Good read.


I’d love to hear you thoughts: Have you read this or any of the other Oz books? Have you perhaps seen the films? Finally, do you think I should add another Oz book to my current Classics Club list?

 

This is book #16 off my Classics Club II list.

18 thoughts on “πŸ“– The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum β­β­

  1. I haven’t read all 15 books in the Oz but I remember reading book 1 Wizard and book 3 Ozma and really loving them. However as a pre-teen my expectations and critiques were worlds apart from what they are now. It’s one of the reasons that I don’t re-read childhood favourites. πŸ˜‰

    1. I am pleased to hear you really loved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Ozma of Oz, but what’s this about not re-reading childhood favourites?! I’m afraid I don’t know if life would be worth living if I didn’t re-reads of The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia regularly!! πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

  2. I read the first book so long ago but never read any of the others – something I should probably rectify. Glad to see you enjoyed this one though.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you, Lynn and in these crazy times this is a nice series to work your way through. Definitely think I will need to add some more Oz books to my Classics Club list! πŸ˜ƒ

  3. Do you think a reader could dive into a later book in this series without having read the earlier ones and enjoy/understand it?

    1. Judy, having only read two I couldn’t really say about the whole series. I think you could probably read this without having read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but it was nice knowing the background of the Scarecrow and Tin Woodsman and seeing what they did next. I hope that helps a bit! 😏

  4. I really should read the first OZ book someday. It has been so long since I’ve seen the musical that I’ve forgotten enough about it to actually enjoy the novel.

    1. Carl, I hope you are able to read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the future – To be fair the story hasn’t been change that much for the film, well except for all the singing and dancing πŸ˜„

  5. Although we had the entire series when I was a child (they might have even been first editions!!), I didn’t read any of them. Looking back, I wish I had. I’m glad this one was the light, fun reading you were hoping for. Yes…. i think you should move on to the next. πŸ™‚

    1. Kelly, everyone seems to be saying add more, so I think I will definitely be adding one or possibly two more of the Oz books to my Classics Club list now πŸ˜‰

  6. This sounds charming, and has some great character names. I loved the Wonderful Wizzard of Oz, but have never read this one, I think he wrote quite a few sequels. You might as well add another one to your list if you are enjoying the series, it’s always good to have something lite and fun to hand for an emergency.

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