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Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Little Wizard Stories of Oz (1914)

by L. Frank Baum

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Series: Oz : Baum (short stories), Oz (Short Stories)

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This quasi-canonical (i.e., not part of the "Famous Forty" but still by one of the official "Royal Historians") Oz book is necessary for completists, but unlikely to be anyone's favorite. Baum provides six short stories, each about a different pair of Oz characters: the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger, Dorothy and Toto, Tik-Tok and the Nome King, Ozma and the Wizard, Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse, and the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. Some read like interludes from an Oz novel, the sort of random encounter a character might have on the way from point a to point b that has nothing to do with the overall plot. Some are pretty unimpressive (Ozma seems particularly foolish in her tale, and the Dorothy story has an unconvincing moral), but some are good fun. I like the Lion and the Tiger one, as the Tiger tries to go through with his long-held desire to eat a baby but can't manage it, and the interplay between the implacable Tik-Tok and the easily roused Nome King is delightful. (The Nome steward Kaliko once again shows himself to be the only sensible and competent person in the whole Nome Kingdom.)
  Stevil2001 | Dec 30, 2017 |
What a strange one. Short tales of Oz written for younger readers, which would be fine, but these seem to take rather weird turns with events like Jack Pumpkinheads head being smashed and TikTok broken into pieces that I think would not really be suitable for little children. Baum can be an odd one now and then.
  amyem58 | Sep 22, 2016 |
I finally found a copy of this...very cute short stories of the classic OZ characters ( )
  WonderlandGrrl | Jan 29, 2016 |
In L. Frank Baum's Little Wizard Stories of Oz, he's collected a series of short stories, each of which focus on a pair of the more popular characters of Oz. There's Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse, Dorothy and Toto, Ozma and the Wizard, the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger. While the stories are not the most shining examples of literary masterpiece, they will give the avid Ozian one more ride through this magic fantasyland.

Compared to his other writings, especially the Oz stories, I have to say that this one does not hold as much merit. It could be perhaps because Baum was better suited for the longer form, or some other reason in which the end result is that these stories are not very remarkable, and as such, are not very remarked upon.

They are a definite must for any true fan of Oz, and a definite maybe for those who need some nice, short stories to read to that kid, or kid-at-heart, in their life. ( )
  aethercowboy | Mar 2, 2011 |
It's a shame that this nice collection of Oz short stories somehow gets lost in the roll call of all the novels by Baum (and others after). If you like any of Oz, you should have these.
  owlcroft | Jan 24, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688121268, Hardcover)

What could be better than a story about the unforgettable characters from the land of Oz? Six stories, of course! Featuring everyone's favorite friends--Dorothy, Toto, the Wizard, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman--these little tales contain the same Baum magic, with a few special surprises not revealed in the other Oz books. Also included are adventures with Tiktok, the Clockwork Man; the always ravenous Hungry Tiger; the amazing Jack Pumpkinhead; the incredible wooden Sawhorse; and the magical princess Ozma of Oz.

Discover how Dorothy and Toto escape from under the power of the terrible giant, Crinklink, join wise Princess Ozma and the Wizard as they match wits with three mischievous Imps; follow the adventures of Jack Pumpkinhead and the Sawhorse as they brave a great, gloomy forest to save two lost children. Whether or not you have visited the enchanted land of Oz before, you will delight in these and three other fanciful and exciting tales.

For over ninety years L. Rank Baum's fairyland has stirred the imaginations of readers of all ages. Now, in this lavishly produced edition featuring all forty-five of John R. Neill's striking full-color illustrations, young readers and listeners will enjoy six little Oz adventures about the beloved folk who make Oz so fascinating and enduring.

Afterword by Peter Glassman. This deluxe collection of six short stories was written especially for beginning readers and features forty-five glowing full-color plates. Everyone will enjoy these irresistible adventures about the beloved characters who make the land of Oz so delightful and enduring. A Books of Wonder Classic.

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Six tales present further the adventures of Dorothy and Toto, Ozma, Tiktok, Jack Pumpkinhead, the Tin Woodman, and other characters from the land of Oz.

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