Little Wizard Stories by L. Frank Baum

Little Wizard Stories of Oz (Oz Series)Little Wizard Stories of Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Different book representatives put this book as either #15 in the series, or #7.5. Either way the 6 short stories in this book do not have a place in the events of the full story books. My collection of Oz stories has this book as #15, so it’s the last book in my series.

The six short stories are all less than 10 pages long and my copy has a lot of pictures as well. So these would almost be flash fiction stories. Each story follows a different set of characters through a mini adventure in Oz.

The Cowardly Lion and Hungry Tiger get tired of being docile, Dorothy and Toto go exploring, Tik-Tok has a run-in with the Nome King, Ozma and the Wizard check on their subjects, Jack Pumpkinhead and the Saw-Horse go on a rescue mission, and Scarecrow and Tin Woodman have an accident.

They’re quick, they’re cute, and I liked reading them.

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Barnes & Noble Black Friday Sale

I’m late posting this, but you all seem to like my book hauls, so here it is anyway!

I was at Barnes & Noble the Saturday after Black Friday, but the sale was continuing over the weekend so I got some good deals anyway! One of the deals I’m sure you’ll figure out is that the B&N Classics were half off, and they have so many good titles.

You’re also probably wondering why I bought an Oz book when I’ve already read all the eBooks. Well, I actually already had the first two books, and finally found the third one, so I had to complete my set. At any rate, I’m excited about all of my purchases!

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A Wrinkle In Time Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. Now their first three adventures are together in one volume. In the Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time, the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, and they must time travel to Camazotz to save him. In A Wind in the Door, Meg, Calvin and Mr. Jenkins (their grade school principal) must travel inside C.W. and battle to save Charles’s life—as well as the balance of the universe. And in A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Meg’s brother Charles Wallace has twenty-four hours to stop the tragedy of nuclear war from occurring. Read the iconic novels that continue to inspire millions of fans around the world.This edition of the first three novels in the Wrinkle in Time series is a distinguished new addition to Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features an elegant bonded-leather binding, distinctive gilt edging, decorative endpapers, and a colorful satin-ribbon bookmark. Collectible and durable, these volumes should be the cornerstones of every home library.

 

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

In 1976, nearly 80 years after Bram Stoker published Dracula, Anne Rice’s bestselling first novel, Interview with the Vampire, breathed new life into the vampire myth.

Now, in one chilling volume, here are the first three classic novels of The Vampire Chronicles; Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and Queen of the Damned.

All amazing stories in themselves, together this huge volume presents a classic work bound together into one attractively designed edition.

Pocket Book of Poetry  by Various

The sixty poems selected for Pocket Book of Poetry span more than four centuries and some rank among the greatest works of literature in the English language. Many are popular favorites and several represent the best works written by their authors, among them William Shakespeare’s sonnets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan,” John Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” William Butler Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” and Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken.”

Although some of these poems share themes and verse forms, each is a unique work unto itself. All suggest a world much greater than can be encompassed in their words, and the way in which they transport the reader to that realm is a large part of the pleasure that they offer.

Pocket Book of Poetry is one of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging.

Where the Sidewalk Ends/Everything On It: Poems and Drawings by Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends/Every Thing On It brings together two masterful collections of poems and drawing by Shel Silverstein that are at once outrageously funny and profound.

In Where the Sideswalk Ends, you’ll discover that where the sidewalk ends Shel Silverstein’s world begins. You’ll meet a by who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sara Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Every Thing On It is a book with . . .well, everything on it. It’s an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and drawings from Shel Silverstein. You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down.

Where the Sidewalk Ends/Every Thing On It is one of Barnes & Noble’s Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world’s greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.

The Magic of Oz: Books Eleven Through Fifteen of the Oz Series by L. Frank Baum

The third collection in the Fall River Press Oz series, featuring Books 11 through 15 of the legendary Oz novels by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill. Contains the entire text of the Oz books: 11. the Lost Princess of Oz, 12. the Tin Woodman of Oz, 13. the Magic of Oz, 14. Glinda of Oz, 15. Little Wizard Stories of Oz. This volume comprises the last of the canonical Oz books written by the original Oz author, L. Frank Baum, collected into a single hardcover edition.

Did you find any Black Friday deals? What was your favorite purchase?

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The Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Magic of Oz (Oz, #13)The Magic of Oz by L. Frank Baum

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another mix of old and new characters, but as we’re getting to the end of the series, the new characters are sort of shuffled off onto others for safe-keeping.

We meet a new person a Hyup by the name of Kiki Aru who knows the magic word for transformations. He is somehow manipulated by our old nemesis Ruggedo, the former Nome King. Of course this leads to nothing but trouble, while Dorothy and friends are trying to prepare for Ozma’s birthday feast.

With the help of some neglected old friends everything is brought to rights, and Ozma’s party is the best ever. Ruggedo is finally taken care of in a way where he won’t cause anymore trouble, and Kiki is sent off to become a normal boy living in Oz.

It’s an interesting story and we meet many new beasts and wonderful things in the Land of Oz, but the Oz books all have a similar plot: A group sets out on a journey and a different group has to go rescue them. Somehow it still works.

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Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Glinda of Oz (Oz, #14)Glinda of Oz by L. Frank Baum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Our friends learn of two new groups of peoples who are bent on fighting each other. As Ozma wants all her subjects to be happy and healthy she must stop this fight. Taking Dorothy with her they set out to do just that, but become trapped under water.

So it’s up to Glinda the Good to gather together a rescue party and set out to find them. Many old friends return, including Uncle Henry, whom we haven’t seen since Dorothy’s arrival in Oz some books ago. Together they manage to rescue the girls, and set the peoples to rights once again.

As we’ve know come to the end of the original Oz books, I must say they are a genuine delight and any child should be lucky to read or be read one of these fantastical stories. Baum keeps them all moving with either new creatures or new troubles to contend with, and interweaving gentle lessons for his audience.

A worthwhile goal is read all of these wonderful books of Oz.

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The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Tin Woodman of Oz (Oz, #12)The Tin Woodman of Oz by L. Frank Baum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From a modern point of view, I’m very glad that the main characters, The Tin Woodsman or The Tin Soldier, did not get their way in the end.

Ok so, the basic plot is that Nick Chopper, the Tin Woodsman, has been reminded of his former sweetheart, and vows to fulfill his promise to marry her even though he cannot love her. Together with the Scarecrow and Woot the Wanderer they set about trying to find Nimmie Amee, the munchkin sweetheart.

And of course nothing goes as planned and we run into new characters and old characters alike until at last they reach Nimmie Amee’s new home, where they find that she has already chosen a husband, so neither of her potential suitors has to fulfill their promises.

As this is not a modern book, I was afraid that Nimmie Amee’s wishes would never be heard and that she would be forced into a decision, however the author provided an alternate ending that I was very pleased with.

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The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Lost Princess of Oz (Oz, #11)The Lost Princess of Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As with all the Oz books, this book takes us to a different part of Oz with new friends and new adventures.

We venture into a little-known part of the Winkie Country to rescue Ozma who has been captured by a wicked magician who wants to rule Oz himself. In the process we meet the Frogman, Cayke the Cookie Cook, the Lavender Bear, and Little Pink Bear.

All of whom band together with our favorites: Dorothy, the Wizard, the Cowardly Lion, Toto, the Sawhorse, the Woozy, the Patchwork Girl, Trot, Button-Bright, Betsy, and Hank.

It becomes quite the adventure, but I’m not sure all our favorites were needed on this adventure. Betsy and Hank were of little use except for companions, same with Trot and the Woozy. The Cowardly Lion served only as Dorothy’s ride, and Toto kept her company.

I suppose Mr. Baum just wanted to make use of all his characters and brought them all together just for fun and to justify their existence. Oh well, it was still a fun read.

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What I’m Reading Next: L. Frank Baum Series

I am participating in this year’s Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’m challenging myself to read at least 35 books this year. In addition to this I’ve set myself a little mini goal: to read the rest of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. Many people still do not know that he wrote 14 Oz books. Yes, fourteen.

One of the draws of these books in the fact that Baum drew inspiration for the original Oz book from my home state, South Dakota, where he lived for several years. For whatever reason that has made the Oz series much more nostalgic for me.

Currently I have read the Oz books one through ten. This year, I want to read the remaining four:

  1. The Lost Princess of Oz
  2. The Tin Woodman of Oz
  3. The Magic of Oz
  4. Glinda of Oz

Good luck to everyone who is attempting the Goodreads Reading Challenge to and everyone with their reading goals!

Keep reading little book worms!

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