Toto's Tale: The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy

Toto's Tale: The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy

by Robert (Bob) Moyer, Joyce Sweeny

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A Wizard of Oz, Epic Adventure...For 21st Century Readers A commemorative series from a unique perspective, Toto's! A multidimensional plot-twister w updated cast of wondrous, quirky misfits. A couple of days in Oz equals a year in Kansas where Uncle Henry is dying; If the Wizard will provide the cure, Will Dorothy find her way home…and in time, to make a difference? Alongside Toto, you will ride in the front seat of a thrilling and emotional roller coaster throughout the magical Land of Oz…and beyond. This Wizard of Oz takeoff is a multidimensional plot-twister as told from Toto's perspective that includes an updated original cast and a host of other wondrous quirky social misfits. With many surprises along the way, this complex and intriguing parody has as much tongue-in-cheek humor as it does original content, adventure, mystery, fantasy, and romance. Did the series with witches, wands, warlocks, and magic keep you coming back? If yes, "The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy" will grab you and won't let you go! The original Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first published in the year 1900. America was for the first time, the world's most affluent country, yet, electrical lighting, indoor plumbing, and automobile ownership were not widespread. There were less than 8000 cars on the road and no more than ten miles of paved roads. At the turn of the century, "technology" was about bringing improved 19th century innovations to the public: phonograph, records, the combustible engine, telegraph, and telephone to name a few. In 1900, "technology" was a train that could bring you the same distance in six days that a covered wagon brought you in six months. Cross-continental travel became easier and more affordable. Today, "technology" means medical miracles, lasers, drones, stealth bombers, satellite surveillance, space station, cyber warfare, and quantum computers. Despite some slight differences of opinion, the first movie was produced in 1895. Jump ahead fifteen years to 1910 and check out the first Wizard of Oz film. It is a silent movie,13 minutes, and easily found on YouTube under "Wizard of Oz 1910 film". Setting great amusement aside, one has to strain the imagination to find similarities in this 1910 version to Disney's recent film, "Oz The Great and Powerful". Now, a century later, incredible graphics in games and films have raised the bar. Today's fantasy lovers expect "fantastic" and it takes "awesome" in books and films to meet the expectations of fantasy lovers today. The Wizard Was Odd trilogy has that kind of universal appeal. The glorious Lands of Western Oz, with elements of fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction coupled with its bizarre inhabitants, and their extreme subcultures will draw today's game-minded youth into an Oziian world unlike any other. The rest of us - who've grown up and older with Baum...our attraction to The Wizard Was Odd, will be magnetic. Why - because Oz's ever-changing characters and plots are part of this fantasy-fairy-tail universe that is comfort-food to our soul. It's this irresistible lure…this indefinable mystique that draws so many of us not only to that magical Land of Oz, but to Star Trek, Star Wars, and Harry Potter. The big difference, however, is that Oz has had our attention for nearly 120 years! We know Baum's book. We've seen MGM's movie, countless versions, and remakes. Yet, after 120 year, we find ourselves compelled with joy, anticipation, and a bit of excited trepidation to once again, walk that yellow brick road. This time it is to commemorate the Great Man himself, L. Frank Baum for his Wonderful Wizard of Oz 120th anniversary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543960242
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 01/10/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 6 MB

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Toto's Tale: The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Toto's Tale: The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy by Peeky (AKA) Bob Moyer is The Wizard of Oz from Toto’s perspective. A twister takes Toto and Dorothy away, dumping them in Oz where a couple of days is the same as a year in Kansas. Uncle Henry doesn’t have long to live and Dorothy needs to persuade the Wizard to give her the cure. Along the way, Toto and Dorothy meet the original cast along with some new characters, a whole bunch of misfits that fit into the Land of Oz very well. With plenty of surprises and twists, will Dorothy and Toto make it home in time to save Uncle Henry? Toto’s Tale: The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy by Peeky (AKA) Bob Moyer is a great story for anyone who loved, as I did, the original Wizard of Oz. This is a totally different take on the story, with loads of great new characters and plenty of adventure to pull you along. There is mild language in this and plenty of hilarity and one-liners to keep you laughing all the way through the book. One of my favorites comes early in the story: “As I studied the dust-choked terrain, something was eating me. It was a flea…” but there is plenty more to keep you giggling. This is such a unique take on an age-old story that it brought several new dimensions to the original. And there really is a lot going on, enough to keep you on your toes from start to finish. The plot is fantastic, the characters are amazing, so well written, and the story just flows. It is the type of fantasy story that grabs you and pulls you in headfirst, dragging you along for the ride. Just try to get odd before the ride is over; I dare you.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite Toto’s Tale by Peeky (AKA) Bob Moyer takes us on a new adventure in the Land of Oz. Familiar characters are present: Dorothy, wicked witches, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, and last but not least, Toto. But, the biggest twist is that it is narrated by none other than Toto himself because animals can talk in Oz. Dorothy dreamed the adventures seen in the movie. Then Toto explains how a tornado actually carried Uncle Henry and Aunt Em’s house from Kansas to the Land of Oz with Dorothy and Toto aboard. While quirky new characters and adventures abound, it is revealed that Uncle Henry is dying. But, will the Wizard, who is up to some new tricks, concoct a remedy, and can Dorothy and Toto even return home in time to save Uncle Henry? In Toto’s Tale, the author presents us with a parody of the original world of Oz. It is written in updated language and has unique dialogue and adventures as well as new characters who are right at home in Oz. This book is not really a sequel to the classic story by L. Frank Baum but rather a re-imagining of the Land of Oz, including some illustrations. It does mesh well, considering that the original story was written over a century ago and the fact that Toto’s Tale is, indeed, gently making fun of this beloved classic. Still, it transports us to a place familiar yet fresh, and we do not have to clamor for more because Toto’s Tale is the first part of a trilogy! An imaginatively fun parody that is still enjoyable to the purist.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite Toto's Tale by Peeky (aka Bob Moyer) picks up some time after MGM's film adaption of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ended. However, in this telling of Ozland, we read from the perspective of Dorothy's most loyal companion, Toto. The story begins near noontime in July. Toto has just been woken from a wild dream by Dorothy. The pair soon finds themselves in the throes of a tornado and are carried away once more to the land of Oz. Though, this time it's a bit different. The stakes are somewhat higher in Toto's Tale than in the original story. For starters, Uncle Henry is dying. Dorothy and Toto's journey isn't just about finding a way back home, but also asking the Wizard for a cure to help Uncle Henry. I never read the original series but, compared to the movie, Toto's Tale takes a slightly darker approach, which I liked. Along with an original twist in the story, Peeky's extension of the Wizard of Oz grants readers a more expansive world of adventure. There are so many things about it that bring me nostalgia from both the film and a time in fantasy when not everything was so serious. Peeky provides humor and a compelling story for readers to flip through. The book itself also provides readers with inspired illustrations that showcase the fantastical and imaginative characters in Toto's Tale. All in all, I believe that fans of both the MGM film and L. Frank Baum's classic series will appreciate Toto's Tale.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite We all know, or should know, about Dorothy and Oz’s wizard. If we read the book or saw the movie, we know that Dorothy was swept up and away from her home in Kansas by a twister, a tornado of mammoth proportions. She left behind her loving aunt and uncle, carrying her beloved dog, Toto, in her arms. Ending up in the fantastical kingdom of Oz, she and Toto must find the wizard to send them back home. That’s Dorothy’s story. Peeky (AKA) Bob Moyer’s Toto’s Tale: The Wizard Was Odd Trilogy, is Toto’s tale, or Dorothy’s tale told from Toto’s perspective. Toto is caught in a twister but not of his own accord, because he really wanted to follow Uncle Henry into the cellar, but he couldn’t leave his girl behind. Dorothy was being silly about wanting to save special treasures. Toto just wanted to be safe. The end result was, house and all, Dorothy and Toto are swept into the tornado and the adventure begins, including the knock on the door, while they are inside the twister, that turns out to be a talking cow who badly needed milking. And Toto is even more surprised to discover that his little girl, Dorothy, couldn’t believe he could talk. The adventures in Toto’s Tale accommodate the usual Oz oddities and miraculous and bizarre happenings, all piled together in a fun read. The author has presented a plausible plot that cascades through one bizarre event after another, reaching a climax of unbelievable proportions. This is a fun read, for those who loved the stories about Oz and even those who never read them.