The Wonderful Land of Oz - Large Print Author:L. Frank Baum Nearly a century ago, L. Frank Baum decided to write a modern fairy tale that would satisfy the curiosity of children about magical adventures in fantastic places, in the tradition of the Brothers Grimm, while leaving out some of the more horrific details in their works. The results was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). With good and evil witch... more »es, flying monkeys, Munchkins, talking trees, and, of course, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Woodman, the book was such an enormous success that Baum received thousands of letters from children asking for more stories about Oz. Indeed, Baum had promised a little girl (named Dorothy, of all things) that when he received a thousand letters he would write another story, and as a result he produced a delightful sequel, The Land of Oz (1904), in which he introduced a whole new set of characters. Here we are regaled with the adventures of a young boy named Tip from the Country of Gillikins (slightly north of the Land of Oz), who creates a friend called Jack Pumpkinhead with the aid of the marvelous powder of life; General Jinjur, who, commanding an army of girls, lays siege to the Emerald City; and the mysterious Queen Ozma, who is crowned rightful ruler of Oz. The third book in the cycle, Ozma of Oz (1907), finds Dorothy back in the land of enchantment, where she joins up with Ozma and other new friends, like Billina the talking hen, the Hungry Tiger, and the unforgettable Tik-Tok the Machine Man.
Turning the pages of this book, any reader, whatever age, will sympathize with those eager letter writers who kept begging L. Frank Baum for ever more news of Oz. Even after almost one hundred years, the stories seems as fresh as though they were written yesterday, with acute observations and ironies that sometimes give a sardonic subtext to the supposedly innocent adventures being recounted. Fortunately, for those who never tire of the Land of Oz, more enchantment always lies ahead, a bit further down the Yellow Brick Road.« less