The Road to Oz [NOOK Book]

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Dorothy is near her home in Kansas when the story begins. She and her dog Toto first meet the Shaggy Man, a wandering hobo who carries the Love Magnet with him, en route to avoid the town of Butterfield. Further on, the road splits into seven paths. They take the seventh and soon meet Button Bright, a little boy in a sailor's outfit who is always getting lost. Later, the companions meet Polychrome the Rainbow's Daughter, a fairy who danced off the edge of the rainbow just as it ...
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The Road to Oz

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Overview

Dorothy is near her home in Kansas when the story begins. She and her dog Toto first meet the Shaggy Man, a wandering hobo who carries the Love Magnet with him, en route to avoid the town of Butterfield. Further on, the road splits into seven paths. They take the seventh and soon meet Button Bright, a little boy in a sailor's outfit who is always getting lost. Later, the companions meet Polychrome the Rainbow's Daughter, a fairy who danced off the edge of the rainbow just as it disappeared.
Dorothy, Toto, the Shaggy Man, Button-Bright, and Polychrome soon come to the town of Foxville, where anthropomorphic foxes live. With prompting from King Dox of Foxville, Dorothy deduces that she's on another "fairy adventure" that will ultimately lead her to Oz, just in time for Ozma's birthday party, which is now acknowledged as August 21 by Oz fans, even though the book only refers to the 21st of the month, Dorothy having mentioned that the current month is August in another passage. The king takes a particular liking to Button Bright, whom he considers astute and clever due to his tabula rasa-like mind. Believing that the human face does not suit one so clever, Dox gives him a fox's head. A similar event subsequently happens to the Shaggy Man, when King Kik-a-Bray of Dunkiton confers a donkey's head upon him—also in reward for cleverness, even though it's implied that Foxville and Dunkiton exist at odds with one another.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148541059
  • Publisher: Randall Sanders Publishing Co.
  • Publication date: 8/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,333,137
  • File size: 416 KB

Meet the Author

Baum was born in Chittenango, New York, in 1856, into a devout Methodist family of German (paternal line) and Scots-Irish (maternal line) origin, the seventh of nine children born to Cynthia Stanton and Benjamin Ward Baum, only five of whom survived into adulthood. He was named "Lyman" after his father's brother, but always disliked this name, and preferred to go by his middle name, "Frank". His mother, Cynthia Stanton, was a direct descendant of Thomas Stanton, one of the four Founders of what is now Stonington, Connecticut.
Benjamin Baum was a wealthy businessman, originally a barrel maker, who had made his fortune in the oil fields of Pennsylvania. Baum grew up on his parents' expansive estate, Rose Lawn, which he always remembered fondly as a sort of paradise. As a young child, he was tutored at home with his siblings, but at the age of 12, he was sent to study at Peekskill Military Academy. He was a sickly child given to daydreaming, and his parents may have thought he needed toughening up. But after two utterly miserable years at the military academy, he was allowed to return home. Frank Joslyn Baum, in his biography, To Please a Child, claimed that this was following an incident described as a heart attack, though there is no contemporary evidence of this (and much evidence that material in Frank J.'s biography was fabricated).
Baum started writing at an early age, perhaps due to an early fascination with printing. His father bought him a cheap printing press, and he used it to produce The Rose Lawn Home Journal with the help of his younger brother, Henry (Harry) Clay Baum, with whom he had always been close. The brothers published several issues of the journal and included advertisements they may have sold. Rose Lawn was located in Mattydale, New York, but sadly the house burned down in the 1950s and in its place today is an abandoned skating rink. All that remains are a few concrete steps located behind the building. By the time he was 17, Baum had established a second amateur journal, The Stamp Collector, printed an 11-page pamphlet called Baum's Complete Stamp Dealers' Directory, and started a stamp dealership with his friends.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Eltanin Version has all the wonderful illustrations

    I love the Oz books, but it can be tough wading through all the versions available at Barnes & Noble for the Nook. It's a mess. What's worse is that the reviews seem to be combined together in some way for many different versions - some with the illustrations and some without. In fact, even though I'm trying to review the Eltanin book, this review might show up under other totally different books. So let me give you a tip - get the Eltanin Publishing version. It has all the illustrations and it is formatted nicely.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2012

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    Don't buy from Bottom of the Hill Publishing

    All of L. Frank Baum's Oz books are fantastic. The trouble with this specific book is not the book itself but the publisher: Bottom of the Hill Publishing. It's more like bottom of the barrel. The cover is pixelated and there are hardly any illustrations, if any at all, in any of their Oz books. The pages appear to have been typed up and printed at anyone's home computer. Do yourself a favor, don't buy from Bottom of the Hill Publishing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Garbled

    Poorly encoded

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Quick Question

    This seems like a great book! Does anybody know how many pages it is?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 24, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Best

    The better the story the better book!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

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    Awesome - Eltanin Publishing book is the best I've found so far

    5 in the series so far. great images. Eltanin did a great job. Hurry up and do the next one! :) EDITED - my review is showing up for other books. strange. make sure you get the Eltanin version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Great!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I just couldn't put it down, and it's even better if you happen to like The Wizard of Oz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2005

    spellbinding!

    I read (and recorded) this book for my little sister years ago, and from what she tells me twenty years later, she still treasures the wonderful story! Baum created a wonderful world for us all to enjoy, and I encourage all to explore!

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