Monday, May 2, 2016

Teen Review: Oz Series, continued

Ozma of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
270 pages
Fantasy series

Reviewed by George Sakellariou, grade 8

In the third novel of the Wizard of Oz series, Dorothy is lost at sea and eventually ends up once again in the fairy world of Oz, along with her hen, Billina. They venture through many peculiar lands until they reunite with some old friends--the Scarecrow and Tin Woodsman and some new people such as Oz’s new ruler, Ozma--at the border of the Deadly Desert.

Ozma and Dorothy converse about their lives in Oz and become great friends! Ozma tells Dorothy they are on a mission to negotiate with the Nome king to have the Ev family released. The royal Ev family ruled a vast area of land, but unfortunately were sold by the king to the Nome King in exchange for a long life, which was easily put to waste. They march along on a magical carpet to protect them from the fatal and hot sands of the Deadly Desert into the Nome King's lair to release the Evs. In order to rescue the Ev family, Ozma and all of their companions have to risk their lives.

This book was a great relief after reading the second, which was the worst, in my opinion. It introduced some new characters like the books always do, such as the wind-up machine man Tik-Tok and the Wheelers, as well as the Hungry Tiger. If you are a fan of art, the detailed illustrations in the Wizard of Oz books are excellent! They match the story so well that it is as if you are truly in the land of Oz yourself! For these reasons I would give it 5 stars.

The magical and wild adventures in Oz by L. Frank Baum are truly some of the best stories I have ever read. And the series is really worth the time!

Editor's note: You might also enjoy this page, where another lover of Oz has made it his (her?) purpose to scan a lot of the Oz-related artwork and present it digitally!

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