My mom has a partial collection of old hardbound Wizard of Oz books. Long believing they were out of print, she has despaired of ever completing her collection. For her birthday I thought I would complete her collection. Alas! This was the first one that showed up: it's so beautiful that I wish I had just completed the collection for myself and got my mother some dandelions or something.
In my opinion, you're really missing something if you go for the paperback versions of these 14 Oz books. Those reprint illustrations, but not in the glorious color you're gonna see here. The illustrations by John R. Neill are rendered on thick, glossy pages.
This book has a slick dust jacket. If you remove it, there is still an illustration of the Patchwork Girl on the front cover, but nothing on the back. The book is the exact size as the hardbound Oz books have been since the 50's.
Love how Baum continually created new world's and characters! Any of the Oz books are sure to make any reader eager to read the next in the series!
While the last three books in L. Frank Baum's "Oz" series ("Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz", "The Road to Oz" and "The Emerald City of Oz") were all rather lackluster, this book was a return to form. The problem with the other installments was a lack of a new story -- they were all about people who went to Oz, met lots of strange and interesting people, and had a happy ending. "The Patchwork Girl of Oz," however, had a very good story to bolster the old Oz formula. Ojo the Unlucky, a young Munchkin lad, along with the Glass Cat and Scraps, the Patchwork Girl, set out to find magical ingredients needed to restore his uncle and a magician's wife to life after they are accidentally petrified. So the story is, again, about someone wandering Oz and meeting strange and interesting people, but giving Ojo a quest gave the book a different angle, a sense of urgency -- this was a boy on a mission to save two lives. The ending is somewhat abrupt, although quite in-character for Baum's...
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