The Road to Oz

The Road to Oz

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by L. Frank Baum
     
 

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With celebrations underway for Ozma of Oz’s birthday, Dorothy and Toto again venture to the magical land of Oz. Meeting Shaggy Man, Button Bright, and Polychrome along the way to the Emerald City of Oz, Dorothy and her companions must out-fox the mayor of Foxville and safely cross the Deadly Desert in time for Ozma’s birthday party.

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With celebrations underway for Ozma of Oz’s birthday, Dorothy and Toto again venture to the magical land of Oz. Meeting Shaggy Man, Button Bright, and Polychrome along the way to the Emerald City of Oz, Dorothy and her companions must out-fox the mayor of Foxville and safely cross the Deadly Desert in time for Ozma’s birthday party.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its thirteen sequels have enchanted audiences since their publication in the early twentieth century. The Road to Oz is the fifth novel in the Oz series, and features guest appearances by non-Oz characters—like Santa Claus and Jack Frost—from other L. Frank Baum works.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781443420969
Publisher:
HarperCollins Canada
Publication date:
02/05/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
150
Sales rank:
420,789
File size:
563 KB
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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The Way to Butterfied

"Please, miss," said the shaggy man, "can you tell me the road to Butterfield?"

Dorothy looked him over. Yes, he was shaggy, all right; but there was a twinkle in his eye that seemed pleasant.

"Oh, yes," she replied; "I can tell you. But it isn't this road at all:"

"No?"

"You cross the ten-acre lot, follow the lane to the highway, go north to the five branches, and take -- let me see --"

"To be sure, miss; see as far as Butterfield, if you like," said the shaggy man.

"You take the branch next the willow stump, I b'lieve; or else the branch by the gopher holes; or else -- "

"Won't any of 'em do, miss?"

"'Course not, Shaggy Man. You must take the right road to get to Butterfield."

"And is that the one by the gopher stump, or -- "

"Dear me!" cried Dorothy; "I shall have to show you the way; you're so stupid. Wait a minute till I run in the house and get my sunbonnet."

The shaggy man waited. He had an oat-straw in his mouth, which he chewed slowly as if it tasted good; but it did n't. There was an apple-tree beside the house, and some apples had fallen to the ground. The shaggy man thought they would taste better than the oat-straw, so he walked over to get some. A little black dog with bright brown eyes dashed out of the farm-house and ran madly toward the shaggy man, who had already picked up three-apples and put them in one of the big wide pockets of his shaggy coat. The little dog barked, and made a dive for the shaggy man's leg; but he grabbed the dog by the neck and put it in his big pocket along with the apples. He took more apples, afterward, for many were on the ground; and eachone that he tossed into his pocket hit the little dog somewhere upon the head or back, and made him growl. The little dog's name was Toto, and he was sorry he had been put in the shaggy man's pocket.

Pretty soon Dorothy came out of the house with her sunbonnet, and she called out:

"Come on, Shaggy Man, if you want me to show you the road to Butterfield.," She climbed the fence into the ten acre lot and he followed her, walking slowly and stumbling over the little hillocks in the pasture as if he was thinking of something else and did not notice them.

"My, but you're clumsy!"' said the little girl. "Are your feet tired?"

"No, miss; it's my whiskers; they tire very easily this warm weather," said he. "I wish it would snow; don't you?"

"'Course not, Shaggy Man," replied Dorothy, giving him a severe look. "If it snowed in August it would spoil the corn and the oats and the wheat; and then Uncle Henry would n't have any crops; and that would make him poor; and -- "

"Never mind," said the shaggy man. "It won't snow, I guess. Is this the lane?"

"Yes," replied Dorothy, climbing another fence; "I'll go as far as the highway with you."

"Thankee, miss; you're very kind for your size, I 'm sure," said he gratefully.

"It is n't everyone who knows the road to Butterfield,"' Dorothy remarked as she tripped along the lane; "but I've driven there many a time with Uncle Henry, and so I b'lieve I could find it blindfolded."

"Don't do that, miss," said the shaggy man, earnestly; "you might make a mistake."

"I won't," she answered, laughing. "Here 's the highway. Now, it 's the second -- no, the third turn to the left - or else it 's the fourth. Let 's see. The first one is by the elm tree; and the second is by the gopher holes; and then "

"Then what!" he inquired, putting his hands in his coat pockets. Toto grabbed a finger and bit it; the shaggy man took his hand out of that pocket quickly, and said "Oh!"

Dorothy did not notice. She was shading her eyes from the sun with her arm, looking anxiously down the road.

"Come on," she commanded. "It's only a little way farther, so I may as well show you."

After a while they came to the place where five roads branched in different directions; Dorothy pointed to one, and said:

"That's it, Shaggy Man."

"I'm much obliged, miss," he said, and started along another road.

"Not that one!" she cried; "you're going wrong."

He stopped.

"I thought you said that other was the road to Butterñeld," said he, running his fingers through his shaggy whiskers in a puzzled way.

"So it is."

"But I don't want to go to Butterfield, miss:"

"You don't!"

"Of course not. I wanted you to show me the road, so I should n't go there by mistake."

"Oh! Where do you want to go to, then ?"

"I 'm not particular, miss."

This answer astonished the little girl; and it made her provoked, too, to think she had taken all this trouble for nothing.

"There are a good many roads here," observed the shaggy man, turning slowly around, like a human windmill.

The Road to Oz. Copyright © by L. Baum. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 and received enormous, immediate success. Baum went on to write seventeen additional novels in the Oz series. Today, he is considered the father of the American fairy tale. His stories inspired the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, one of the most widely viewed movies of all time.

Michael Sieben is a professional designer and illustrator, primarily within the sub-culture of skateboarding, whose work has been exhibited and reviewed worldwide as well as featured in numerous illustration anthologies. He is a staff writer and illustrator for Thrasher magazine, and a weekly columnist for VICE.com. He is also a founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery and Collective in Austin, Texas, as well as the cofounder of Roger Skateboards. The author of There's Nothing Wrong with You (Hopefully), he lives and works in Austin.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
May 15, 1856
Date of Death:
May 6, 1919
Place of Birth:
Chittenango, New York
Place of Death:
Hollywood, California
Education:
Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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Road to Oz 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
OonaEleven More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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The better the story the better book!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This seems like a great book! Does anybody know how many pages it is?
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