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The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Emerald City of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

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Series: Oz : Famous Forty (book 6), Oz (6), Oz : Baum (6)

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    The Sea Fairies by L. Frank Baum (HollyMS)
    HollyMS: After writing The Emerald City of Oz, L. Frank Baum decided it would be the last of the Oz series so he began another series, beginning with The Sea Fairies. Read The Sea Fairies and Sky Island before heading on to The Patchwork Girl of Oz.
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I want Ozma to fail. For completely different reasons of course than the Nomes, the Whimsies, the Growleywogs, and the Phanfasms, but the end result is about the same.

The Oz books started to get better with The Emerald City, but my crabby grown-uptitude about continuity and plot and something meaty beneath the flash and sparkle of fairyland gets the better of me each time I read this. Because, of course, even the first Oz book was episodic in nature, every chapter leading to a new land of bizarre creations, but we had Dorothy's desire to help her friends and go home leading us through it all. They weren't just visitations, these were obstacles. The concept of struggle by the protagonist seems to have escaped Baum in his last decades of writing.

On a positive note, Baum finally ends the strain of Auntie Em's heart by allowing Dorothy to have her Aunt and Uncle come to Oz to stay, permanently. The structure of the book goes between Dorothy's touring of Oz with her amazed Aunt and Uncle and a dark plot by the Nome King's general, Guph, to enslave the kingdom by enlisting darker and darker allies.

Of course Ozma is aware of all of this, but she doesn't care. Granted, I wouldn't either if I had a magical wishing belt that did everything I asked it to, but she didn't even use that, or reassure her supposed friends of its existence. Instead she plays dumb and allows another dull magic trick saves the day.

But, the long night of Oz is almost over, because the next few books, despite my continued complaints, are better and better. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
The Emerald City of Oz
Land of Oz Series #6
By Lyman Frank Baum

Nome King is angry he has lost the Magic Belt, and thinks Dorothy and Ozma stole it and left it in the Capitol City of Land of Oz, Emerald City. Nonme wants to destroy the Land of Oz and enslave Princess Ozma and Dorothy to get belt back.
Emerald City is built of huge marbles, with emeralds inside. Everything on the street must be green.
To help him get the belt, Nome enlists such wicked creatures as
First and Foremost, who have a hairy body and a bear head.
Phanfasms of Phantastico, and the Growleywogs. You will meet Kalidah who has the body of a bear and head of a tiger, and the Cutterclips, the live paperdolls and Hammerheads.
Billina the yellow hen, Jack Pumpkinhead, Omby Andy all reappear.
Ozma brings Dorothy's Aunt Em and Uncle Henry from Kansas to Oz and sends them on a tour through the cities of Bunbury, where everything and everyone is made of bread or pastry; Bunnybury inhabited by rabbits and Utensia, where all inhabitants are cutlery or utensils.
Scarecrows plan save Oz. ( )
  over.the.edge | Sep 16, 2018 |
The Nome King gets mad and tries to take over Oz. And Dorothy takes her Aunt and Uncle on a tour of Oz. L Frank Baum intended for this to be the last Oz book. He has Dorothy, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry move to Oz to stay. ( )
  nx74defiant | Mar 12, 2017 |
Dorothy's aunt and uncle come to Oz after failing to make the farm work. It was just to much oh, everyone is good and happy in Oz" in one chapter while the next shows some neerdowell getting together all the malcontent elements of Oz. Baum just contradicted himself and it was all extremely, too much so for me, sugary syrupy sap. My last Oz book." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Originally published in 1910, this sixth entry in L. Frank Baum's Oz series alternates between two main story-lines. In the first, Dorothy, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry confront hard times at home in Kansas, with poor weather and Uncle Henry's worsening health threatening the family farm, which is shortly to be repossessed by the bank. Dorothy is encouraged by her aunt and uncle to escape to her fairyland (which her elderly relatives only partially believe in), but with Ozma's help she brings them to live with her in Oz, where they all will henceforth make their permanent home. After meeting Oz's girl ruler and seeing the Emerald City, they set out with some companions on a tour of the land, seeing some unique villages and settlements. Meanwhile, in the second story-line, the Nome King, still smarting from his defeat at the hands of Ozma and her friends in Ozma of Oz, decides that the beautiful fairy-land must be conquered and its people enslaved. His new general, Guph, hits upon a cunning scheme: the nomes will dig a tunnel under the terrible desert that protects Oz, and thereby invade the country. Enlisting the help of three terrible bands of evil creatures - the Whimsies, the Growleywogs, and the Phanfasms (a type of Erb) - the Nomes grow ever closer to their goal. Not unexpectedly, these two story-lines eventually converge at the end of the book, as the Ozites confront their invaders in the gardens of Ozma's palace...

I always enjoyed certain aspects of The Emerald City of Oz as a girl, happy in the knowledge that Dorothy was finally in Oz to stay, and that in the end she didn't need to choose between Uncle Henry and Aunt Em and her magical friends and their marvelous land. I also always appreciated the many entertaining puns Baum employed in depicting his various new characters. The chapters devoted to Utensia, a settlement of living kitchen implements, and to Bunbury, a village of living pastries, stand out in this regard. That said, I have always felt (and continued to do so on this rereading) that the author ignored a rather significant plot hole in his story of the invading Nome army and their allies. Namely, that Ozma had only to use her Magic Belt (originally the Nome King's, and a major motivation for the invasion) to wish her enemies back to their own countries. This is, in fact, what she does at the end. Of course this wouldn't have been a long-term solution, as Oz's enemies would not have been reformed, and would have continued to wish her ill, but given the fact that Ozma was considering closing the borders to Oz permanently, it would have worked well enough. Leaving that rather glaring inconsistency of story aside, this is still an entertaining entry in the series, one which Baum clearly envisioned as the final chapter. Clearly that wasn't meant to be... ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | May 28, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0688115586, Hardcover)

For the first time in more than eighty years, the most spectacularly illustrated of all the Oz books is available again with the metallic "emerald" green ink that illuminated the color plates of the original edition.

Join Dorothy and the Wonderful Wizard as they take Aunt Em and Uncle Henry on a fabulous tour of Oz. During their journey they encounter such amazing and amusing people as King Kleaver with his Spoon Brigade and Miss Cuttenclip of the land of paper dolls. But while Dorothy and her friends play, the wicked Nome King has joined forces with the terrible Whimsies, the fearsome Growleywogs, and the evil Phanfasms in a plot to capture the Emerald City. Will Dorothy's friends discover the danger before it's too late?

All the enchantment of Oz is here for a whole new generation to discover in this deluxe new edition featuring ninety black-and-white pictures and sixteen dazzling five-color plates by Oz artist John R. Neill.

Afterword by Peter Glassman. For the first time in more than eighty years, the most spectacularly illustrated of all the Oz books is available with the metallic "emerald" green ink that illuminated the original edition. A Books of Wonder(R) Classic

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Dorothy's aunt and uncle get acquainted with Oz after they lose their farm and Ozma invites them to live with her.

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