The Emerald City of Oz

The Emerald City of Oz

Book - 1993
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Dorothy's aunt and uncle get acquainted with Oz after they lose their farm and Ozma invites them to live with her.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, [1993], [©1993]
ISBN: 9780688115586
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bau
Description: 300 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Neill, John R. (John Rea)


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Dec 18, 2018

A wonderful story that is as enchanting as the ones before it. I think this is my favorite so far. Bringing back all of the dearly beloved characters we’ve seen and loved throughout the first five books.

Along with those we already know and love, new peoples of Oz and of Ev are introduced. Whether they be evil or good, they’re all fascinating and fun to read about. Originally this was to be the end of the Oz series, but Baum added more stories down the line.

If anybody who loves the Oz series has ever wondered about Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, this is the book to read. For those young or even simply young at heart, this is a delightful read.

Nov 07, 2018

I feel silly reviewing this classic, but it does have special material. Frank Baum seemed to think it would be his last Oz book. It was not, but it includes all main characters from the previous 5 Oz books. Aunt Em and Uncle Henry have permanently moved to Oz to escape the terrible economy in Kansas. Aunt Em has a debate with Billina the Hen, who objects to losing her offspring to Em's culinary plans. Even with all the imaginative creations, Baum has time for ideas. "People often do a good deed without hope of reward, but for an evil deed they always demand payment." The Tin Woodman tells us, "I have noticed that the happiest people are those who do not let their brains oppress them." Princess Ozma refuses to use violence, even to defend the kingdom of Oz. The 1993 edition has color illustrations by the marvelous John R. Neill, including the special sparkly green ink used only previously in the early edition. The Oz books may seem innocent and old-fashioned, but the ending here, a sort of Oz solution for the world, or earth solution for Oz, has some interesting implications.

Jun 26, 2013

I was not going to put children's books on my summer reading list, but it took three weeks to read this wonderful story aloud to my two sons. We've been reading the series off and on from the beginning over the last two years... and thankfully they love the stories of Oz as much as I have. I don't remember reading this episode when I was a child... but the wonder and marvel of Oz as seen through a poor farmer and his wife (Uncle Henry and Aunt Em) from Kansas is a wonderful read... and the discovery of the Fairy Land for them is interspersed with the Gnome King's desire to take over/ruin Ozma and Oz... it's quite the tale!

crankylibrarian Oct 20, 2010

Will Oz be destroyed by the jealous Nome King?


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indigo_penguin_55 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13


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