Monday, August 11, 2008

Ozma of Oz

Ozma of Oz (Books of Wonder),another adventure with the characters from Oz. Here Dorothy gets swept away at sea when she's traveling with Uncle Henry to Australia for his health. Most of the story she never thinks about her uncle or wonders if he's worried about losing her at sea. I thought that was really strange. Anyway she finds herself on an island and this time has a retinue consisting of Tik Tok, a mechanical man, a hen named Bill, whom she calls Billina as that's more feminine, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, a Tiger, Ozma of Oz, and the Sawhorse from book 2. They all help her through a series of challenges. There's far less sexism, but still a bit. Baum also includes the occasional barb like when they go back to Oz and someone points out the new college and says they had to build it because there were so many young men adverse to work so they got them out of the way by sending them to college.

There's some delight in the magical trees which grow lunch pails and dinners, the Wheelies, creatures who pursue Dorothy and a King who has enchanted a whole royal family and gets our team of heroes to figure out how to free them. A fun, fast read.

1 comment:

Carlyn Kelly said...

Cool. I really want to read it now.
Carlyn R. Kelly