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The Marvelous Land of Oz

(1904)
Author: L. Frank Baum
Publisher: Reilly & Britton
Pages: 0
Personal Rating: 8/10
Amazon: 4.5/5
Goodreads: 4/5
Bindings:Compilation
Series:
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Found in:The Treasury of Oz [2007]
The Wizard of Oz: The First Five Novels [2014]
Classifications:Comedy
Fantasy
Drama
Synopsis:
The story of the wonderful adventures of the young boy named Tip as he travels throughout the many lands of Oz. Here he meets with our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman, as well as some new friends like Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the amazing Gump. How they thwart the wicked plans of the evil witch Mombi and overcome the rebellion of General Jinjur and her army of young women is a tale as exciting and endearing today as it was when first published over eighty years ago.
Reaction:
Great followup to Baum's first book.
Trivia:
Elements from The Marvelous Land of Oz and the following novel, Ozma of Oz, were incorporated into the 1985 film Return to Oz, featuring Fairuza Balk as Dorothy. Although most of the plot was taken from Ozma, the action was chiefly relocated to the derelict Emerald City, ruled by Princess Mombi (Princess Langwidere in all but name, as well as keeping Ozma as her slave) and her Wheelers. In the second half of the film, Dorothy, Billina, Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, and the Gump traveled to the Nome King's mountain, to rescue the Scarecrow from the King's ornament collection, which were emerald green unlike the book’s royal purple. The 1939 film's famous ruby slippers were used in place of the magic belt.