The Marvelous Land of OZ

The Marvelous Land of OZ

by L. Frank Baum


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Marvelous Land of Oz 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Saccenti More than 1 year ago
These works are available in the public domain. You can get all the Oz books at Project G, including illustrated versions of most. BUT. It is all in the formatting. This review is for the Eltanin Publishing editions, which as of this writing has done the second and third books of the series (Marvelous Land and Ozma). They have done a masterful job in these two efforts. It is all about the illustrations. I prefer my kids to read books on our iPad. But, for books with illustrations, I have them read the paper versions instead. I haven't forgotten the illustrations, even so many years later, of the books I read as a child. And so I want my children to have the same experience. So the test for whether a children's ebook makes the cut for me is in the quality of the pictures. For books like the Oz series, books that are in the public domain, this means how well a job did the editor do formatting the text and scanning the illustrations. Results vary widely. Always "download the sample" if you are buying them here at B&N. Another thing to consider: did the editor include ALL the illustrations. Perhaps some were omitted, on a rush job. These "editors" are taking things from the public domain, formatting them, and selling them for a couple bucks. Fine. But are they doing a good job? Are they being thorough? I am very picky about this. I want my kids to have ALL the pictures, every one. Otherwise we will just read the paper book. But for the Oz books, there is one additional wildcard. Even some very fine versions on Project G still omit a particular kind of illustration: the "first-word-in-the-chapter" illustration. Baum's original books (and these are what are in the public domain) began most chapters with an illustration, and the first letter of the first sentence was integrated into the illustration. Almost without exception, ebook editors have been omitting these illustrations when reproducing the Oz series. Even very nicely done versions (check out the Ozma of Oz illustrated version on Project G for an example), without these beginning chapter illustrations, are going to be missing a lot of artwork. The Eltanin versions get it right. Text formatting is perfect (one expects nothing less on this front). The scans of the illustrations are sharp and clear (this can vary widely for other publishers, always download the sample!). And ALL illustrations are included. I do hope they continue the series for the other 12 books of the series. I would be interested in any of their other children's book projects, if they continue on at this high standard.
swan480 More than 1 year ago
A lot of PubIt classics are known for being poorly formatted with lots of errors. Not so with this one! This publisher clearly took their time with the formatting, and did an excellent job reproducing the illustrations. They even look good on the black and white of my original Nook! The result is a large file, but it's WELL worth it. I will be impatiently waiting for them to finish reproducing the rest of the books in the series!
Anonymous 11 months ago
So we meet again. `•+•'
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(Dont get mad this is all an act) How dare you! Reading is the single best way to spend time! (:o
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A. 1980 <p> B. 1981 <p> C. 1982 <p> D. 1983
BellaFoxx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the end of the Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow was made King of the Emerald City, Tinman was made ruler of the Winkies, the Lion went back into the forest and Dorothy went back to Kansas. Frank Baum got a thousand letters from children wanting to know more about what happened in Oz. This is why this book and 12 more got written.In this story we meet Tip, Jack Pumpkinhead, a live sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woogle-Bug and the Gump. These new characters meet up with the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman. There is an evil witch Mombi who is aiding General Jinjur and her army of young women, no longer content to stay at home and do chores they overthrow the Emerald City.Good witch Glinda comes to the rescue.I liked this book better then the Wizard of Oz. The characters had more personality then in the Wizard of Oz. A nice continuation of the story.
Sean191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having heard about some of Frank Baum's personal life on NPR a few years ago, I knew he was a little strange, but some of the ideas in his books really reinforce the notion. I can't go into the surprise twist at the end because I don't want to spoil things for others, but let's just say... it's weird. We have a pumpkinheaded character (Jack) who's head keeps falling off (inspiration for Tim Burton?)We have a giant talking bug that became giant through interesting circumstances, along with a flying, mooseheaded couch and old favorites like the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow. And Baum offers a lot of amusing misunderstandings of language between characters and plays on words.I also raised an eyebrow at all the times a character called another character "stupid" or an "idiot" and things of that nature...but overall, it was an enjoyable book to read filled with interesting characters and situations.
jedimarri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"The Marvelous Land of Oz" is the second book that L. Frank Baum wrote about the delightful land of Oz. It came out four years after the first one because, well, he originally had no intention of writing any more! He received many letters asking for more books though, and he finally gave in and kept writing them. In "The Marvelous Land of Oz" we meet some new characters and rejoin some of our old friends. Tip, a young boy, is the main character of this book. He's grown up with a mean old sorceress, but after the accidental creation of Jack Pumpkinhead, he runs away. Tip and Jack get into many adventures on their way to the Emerald City, where the Scarecrow now rules. Unfortunately they arrive right as a bunch of girls, lead by General Jinjur, decide to take over the city!Tip and Jack ended up joining forces with the Scarecrow and the Tin Man to win back the Emerald City. Along the way a flying Gump is created, we visit with Glenda the Good Witch, and the long lost Ozma is finally found! I had a lot of fun joining this motley crew on their journey and I'm sure you will too.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I didn't enjoy The Marvellous Land of Oz as much as The Wizard of Oz, it still had its moments. In The Marvellous Land of Oz, Dorothy has been returned home and the Scarecrow reigns on the throne of the Emerald City. In a nearby land, a young boy, Tip, serves an old sorceress (not a witch, because those are the most powerful). Tip and the Scarecrow end up crossing paths and a whole slew of new characters are introduced - Jack Pumpkinhead, The Gump (a flying mismash of things) and others were fun to read about, but a bit.. overly silly. I don't know if it's because The Wizard of Oz is just so beloved that I overlook the cheesiness or this book was overly cheesy, but it was just a bit over the top for me. Still, it was a fun read and I'll continue to press on through my personal journey through Oz.
archerygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was Baum's first sequel to The Wizard of Oz and he quite sensibly gives us a new central figure, Tip, and his collection of odd friends rather than reviving Dorothy immediately. The Scarecrow and the Tin Man both get involved part way through, with the central plot being the invasion of the Emerald City by an army of girls armed with knitting needles and the overthrow of the Scarecrow. I did have a few issues with some of the ideas: the Army of Revolt and the firm belief that the girls should be defeated and returned to their places cooking and cleaning for the men is a little too obviously sexist. The only way to get past that is to remember that these books were written a century ago and reflect the attitudes of the time. Other than that, this is a fun romp through Oz with some great new characters, a few familiar characters, and one or two surprises.
lizzybeans11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second book in the series, this one follows the Tinman, Scarecrow and some new characters around Oz. I listened to the LibriVox audio book which didn't have a great reader and I found it hard to follow. Still an interesting continuation of the fantasy.
roseannes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this one even better than the first Wizard of Oz book. There was a center section with awesome old illustrations that were really neat and detailed, a nice touch for a chapterbook since they don't usually have illustrations. It's a story that wasn't as well known as the wizard of oz, but I recognized certain parts of it from the movie "Return to Oz" which happens later, I think? Not sure. A young boy learns his true identity in this, going on crazy adventures along the way. I see this as a good book for a unit on fantasy, maybe, or just a self-chosen chapter book.
bookwormteri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this because I enjoyed the movies (Return to Oz being my favorite) and had heard that Return followed the spirit of the books more closely than the original. Having read the first book, I picked up the second at the library. A good, light, swift read. If you keep in mind, when this was written, it is way ahead of it's time. I was amused by General Jinjur taking over the Emerald City so her army could use the treasury to buy pretty dresses and make the men do all of the household chores. Amusing, sexist, but not for it's time.Dorothy does not appear in this book. It follows the scarecrow and the tinmna as they travel through Oz with the Gump, sawhorse, Tip, Jack, and the Woggle Bug. A good read.
Diwanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stating the obvious here, but these books have so much more depth than the movie, even thought they are short quick reads.
bzedan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dude, the Scarecrow is kind of a pompous jerk. Every time I've read this book, I've been glad that he decides to hang out with Nick Chopper more. Know-it-alls, am I right?Saw-horse rocks my world, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bettrr thsn expected
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I want to read it the first one was so cool and i want to see what happens next
1000_Character_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The Marvelous Land of Oz is the second book in L. Frank Baum's Oz adventures. We are treated to the further adventures of the Scarecrow (now the King of the Emerald City), The Tin Woodman (now an Emperor of his own kingdom), their new human friend Tip, Jack a magical pumpkin-man, a magical saw horse and a giant Woggle-bug. Not as &quot;magical&quot; as the original (or nearly as dark), but still a fun and sweet tale that gives us an all too brief return to the Land of Oz. Our heroes embark on an adventure to restore the Scarecrow to his thrown after being overthrown by a group of determined women with very sharp knitting needles. During their quest they overcome obstacles thrown at them by witches, fight nasty birds, enchant a couch with a &quot;Gump&quot; head on it, reunite with Glenda and search for Ozma, the rightful heir to the Emerald City throne. A fun and quick read that, while not as good as the first Oz book, still puts a smile on your face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it so much
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