REVIEW: OZ THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOLUME 2 BY L. FRANK BAUM

OZ 2

OZ THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOLUME 2

SIMON & SCHUSTER (PAPERBACK), 2013           

641 PAGES  

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/DOROTHY_AND_THE_WIZARD_IN_OZ

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/THE_ROAD_TO_OZ

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/THE_EMERALD_CITY_OF_OZ

BLURB FROM THE COVER

In Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard visit the centre of the Earth, where people are vegetables, glass houses grow, and Oz characters reappear. Eventually they return to the Emerald City, but will they stay?

In The Road to Oz, Dorothy sets out on another adventure with some new friends, such as the Shaggy Man, Button-Bright and Polychrome, and some old ones, including the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. But can they reach the Emerald City in time for Ozma’s birthday?

In The Emerald City of Oz, Dorothy, Uncle Henry and Aunt Em are going to live in the Emerald City. They set out to explore the Land of Oz, with the help of Dorothy’s friends, but must rush home again when they discover that the Nome King is busy gathering an army for an invasion of Oz. Will they be able to stop the invasion?

Together in one book, the fourth, fifth and sixth titles in L. Frank Baum’s classic fairy-tale series about the wonderful world of Oz. 

EXTRACT 

The train from ‘Frisco was very late. It should have arrived at Hugson’s Siding at midnight, but it was already five o’clock and the grey dawn was breaking in the east when the little train slowly rumbled up to the open shed that served for the station-house. As it came to a stop the conductor called out I a loud voice:

‘Hugson’s Siding!’

DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ

REVIEW 

DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ

This was my first read through Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. I enjoyed it but not as much as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Ozma of Oz. It was fun to read about the old humbug wizard again. I didn’t like Dorothy so much in this one and thought she was a bit of a brat. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz had some good moments. I liked the creepy vegetable people and the carriage falling through the earth after the earthquake. I felt sorry for Dorothy’s cat, Eureka at the end put on trial for murdering Ozma’s piglet. I thought the trial was a bit cruel. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz was a fun tale.

THE ROAD TO OZ

This was my first read through of The Road to Oz. I enjoy it but not as much as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Ozma of Oz. I liked to read about Toto again in his first adventure since The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I like the unusual companions and adventures Dorothy, Toto, the Shaggy Man, Button-Bright and the rainbow’s daughter had on their way to Ozma’s birthday party. I especially liked the odd creatures in Foxville who turned Button-Bright’s head into a fox, the weird creatures who could throw their heads about and the donkeys who thought they were more intelligent than anyone and gave the Shaggy Man a donkey’s head. The Road to Oz was a fun tale. Dorothy is still a bit of a brat though.

THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ

This was my first read through of The Emerald City of Oz. I had a lot of fun reading it. I liked the return of the Nome King from Ozma of Oz. I find the character too amusing to consider him a real threat or any kind of villain. I liked it when Dorothy, Uncle Henry and Aunt Em decided to move to Oz permanently. I really enjoyed reading about their journey through Oz and the weird and wonderful characters they met. I was a bit disappointed by how little there was of the Nome King’s alleged plans to conquer Oz. I expected this to be more of a prominent story. I liked the ending and thought it was funny how the Nome King and his army were defeated. I’ve started to dislike Dorothy though and find her brattish and irritating.

RATING

4 STAR RATING

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. readitandweep says:

    You have been nominated for The Liebster Award! Congrats! https://thebookwormchronicle.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/the-liebster-award/

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