Classic Literature, Fantasy, Fiction

Book Review: “Ozma of Oz”

Rating: 7.4 out of 10.0

Author: L. Frank Baum

Genre: Fantasy [Classic Literature]

About: In 1907, L. Frank Baum published Ozma of Oz, the third book in his series of tales set in the whimsical land of Oz. Baum’s success dwindled with each new book, but he still had a massive collection of “Oz fans” that loved and still love this wonderful story.

Likes: As usual, Baum’s characters are fantastic. Some are rash, thoughtful, wise, stupid, simple, caring, or more. Each character is unique, which helps the reader easily keep each personage straight. Also, the story goal in this book is very plain to see, unlike some of Baum’s other Oz stories. Also, Baum very clearly presents evil as what it is and as the antagonist, which is a good thing, especially since the book is targeted toward younger children. That being said, Ozma of Oz is a fantastic book for people of all ages.

Dislikes: The plot was simple and lacked depth. Even though it is a book targeted at younger readers, the plot certainly could have been better. Also, if you have read the previous two books in the series, this one may annoy you. This is because the previous two books set up many absolutes about the world of Oz, many of which are broken in this book [not giving any spoilers]. Also, there is a certain princess in the book that may be very scary to younger readers, so have them read with caution.

Summary: Ozma, Dorothy, Tik-Tok, and their many friends make an attempt to save the Queen, princes, and princesses of Ev from the evil Nome King. The only way to save the royal family of Ev is by passing the Nome King’s very difficult test. If they fail, they will all turn to stone and cease to exist.

Book Length: 158 pages (Fall River Edition)

Favorite Character: Ozma

Suggested Age: 10+

If you liked this, check out: The Marvelous Land of Oz (L. Frank Baum) or Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (L. Frank Baum)


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