Classic Literature, Fantasy, Fiction

Book Review: “The Marvelous Land of Oz”

Rating: 8.8 out of 10.0

Author: L. Frank Baum

Genre: Fantasy [Classic Literature]

About: The Marvelous Land of Oz was published in 1904, following the success of the book and stage versions of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, its predecessor. This book also was a success, although not as much as the first book. This book establishes a recurring pattern in the Oz books, where characters from previous Oz adventures are included along with new characters.

Likes: Baum’s characters, as usual, are extraordinarily vivid and are described in full detail. Baum again thrills readers with his colorful description of the whimsical Land of Oz. Baum also has several tricks and surprises up his sleeve, which sucks the reader in and is extremely intriguing. This book is fast moving, much like the first book was. However, this book is different from the first in one particularly positive regard. There is very little violence in this book at all. The entire book is centered on a battle, but it is a humorous one in which there is actually almost no fighting.

Dislikes: The biggest problem with The Marvelous Land of Oz is plot clarity. The reader will most likely struggle to ascertain what the goal of the heroes is, as it changes periodically throughout the book. This book also slightly promotes feminism. However, aside from these two things, there was not really too much to dislike.

Summary: The adventures in Oz continue as a young boy Tip escapes from his guardian who is a witch in secret. He along with Jack Pumpkinhead, the Sawhorse, the Woggle-Bug, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman all work together with Glinda to save the Emerald City from a band of feminist revolutionaries.

Book Length: 150 pages (Fall River Edition)

Favorite Character: Tip

Suggested Age: 10+

If you liked this, check out: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum) and Ozma of Oz (L. Frank Baum)


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