Monday, April 11, 2011

Ozma of Oz, by L. Frank Baum

Ozma of OzDorothy is back in Oz, this time joined by her chicken, Billina.  She is joining some of her old friends (the Scarecow and the Tin Man), as well as some new friends, to try to help rescue the Queen of Ev, and her children, from the clutches of the Gnome King.  Dorothy gets some assistance from Ozma as well.

Yet another Ozian adventure!  I liked this book, but not as well as the previous one.  I personally am not terribly find of Dorothy's character, she is quite different than the movie version with which we are familiar.  I am more loyal to the native citizens of Oz, and am happy that many of the characters from the previous book have returned.

Like many great classic books, this book transcends time, and it still resonates with readers today.  Any fan on fantasy fiction will enjoy this book.  For people not familiar with the differences between the Oz books and the famous movie, this will seem quite different, so it is probably best to start with the beginning of the series. While not my favorite of the three Oz books I have read so far, still a wonderful story for kids of all ages.