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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    Strange and Imaginative

    "The Mar­velous Land of Oz" by L. Frank Baum is the sec­ond story in set in the fic­tional land of Oz. The book how­ever is not about Dorothy.

    Tip is a young boy who lives with a witch named Mom­bie. Being fed up with the way he is being treated, Tip runs away with a pump­kin man he brought to life which he calls Jack Pump­kin­head. Together the two friends explore the Oz on their way to Emer­ald City so they can meet its king, the Scarecrow.

    "The Mar­velous Land of Oz" by L. Frank Baum takes place after the "Won­der­ful Wiz­ard of Oz" ends. The story fol­lows a boy named Tip and, while I didn't feel it was as good as its pre­de­ces­sor, is cer­tain a worth­while read just to get a glimpse into Baum's imag­i­na­tion.

    The writ­ing in this book seemed forced, while I liked the mes­sage that the Tin Woods­man (heart) and Scare­crow (brain) need one another to coex­ist, the main char­ac­ter was strange and the end­ing was freaky.

    Baum intro­duces some new char­ac­ters: Jack Pump­kin­head, Mombi the witch among oth­ers which are very imag­i­na­tive. I did find other aspects of the story inter­est­ing though, but not what Baum intended. The dif­fer­ence between 2011 and 1904 makes a great dis­cus­sion with chil­dren and adults alike. For exam­ple, the women of Oz are happy at the men tak­ing over the house­hold duties because they are only truly happy at finally get­ting a chance to cook a good meal.

    The more I read the book; I sadly real­ized that in 2011 a book like this has a very slim chance of actu­ally get­ting pub­lished. The polit­i­cal cor­rect crowd will demol­ish half the book before it gets to the printer and the con­ser­v­a­tive move­ment will gladly destroy the other half.

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