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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Rinkitink in Oz by L. Frank Baum

Rinkitink in Oz (Oz Series Book 10)Rinkitink in Oz by L. Frank Baum
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Like all L.Frank Baum books these are targeted towards children as a modern fairy tale. Which they most definitely are.

However, I’m never a fan of the plot device of sending in an omnipotent character to rescue a person in distress. It lessens the story a bit, there’s no struggle to achieve the goal.

He does do a very good job of tying off all the loose ends of the book, which make the book that much longer and possibly unnecessary, but again this is a kids book and it answers all the questions that are left hanging.

It was a fun read, (up until the omnipotent being swoops in to rescue everybody), and I will continue to read all the books in this series.

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