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The Cowardly Lion of Oz

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Book Overview: 

The Cowardly Lion, always fearful, has become even more afraid than usual and is convinced that he has lost the courage the Wizard of OZ gave him man years ago. To remedy this he decides to follow the dubious advice from the Scrapwork Girl, to 'find someone who has courage and swallow him up'. Unfortunately the King of the little known country of Mudge wants him captured and added to his lion collection. Naturally new characters, all funny and fun, join in the collision of intents and purposes as only in t he magical land of OZ can they do so. Exciting, funny and fabulous this tale will enchant you with its whimsy and wit. Will our dear Cowardly Lion actually swallow someone:? Will he be captured and added to the zoo of the Mudgers?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Go to Mudge! Udger budger, I'm a Mudger!"

No sooner had he done so than Mustafa sprang into the air and all the Mudgers began roaring with fright and fury.

"He's discovered the secret of Mudge," shrilled Mustafa, pulling out a handful of his whiskers. "How dare you use our own privately patented, particular, magic transformation formula? Now you'll be wishing all sorts of people into the country!"

"He's a wizard!" screamed Panapee. "I told you he was a wizard! Twist his tail; off with his head; throw him to the lions!"

"Wait, let me explain," pleaded the clown, but his voice was drowned in the angry hubbub. Then all at once a gong at the back of the tent rang thunderously. Mustafa, who had already seized the tail of Notta's disguise, paused. So did the others. On a platform at the other end of the tent stood Tazzywaller, thumping the gong with all his might. The noise was so terrible that even Notta and Bob, frightened though they were. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Third Oz novel by Plumly Thompson; seventeenth whole.

Three subplots collide:

Mustafa, king of Mudge, a kingdom hidden away in Winkie country, collects lions. He has nine thousand, nine hundred ninety-nine and a half (don't ask) lions living in a large enclosure surrounding his kingdom, effectively di

Delightful! Suspenseful! We finally get to know the Cowardly Lion better. The daughter's sequels are at least as much fun as the father's.

The Wizard of Oz series continues, and by now, I’m starting to get used to the fact that Thompson is writing the stories because Baum is dead. She did a pretty good job of imitating his voice in the previous one, but by this point, I feel like she’s hit her stride.

There are puns galore in this one,

A very intertaining read! A lot of new creatures in the Land of Oz!

This is a close match to my favorite Oz book, as written by Ruth Thompson. I really loved The Royal Book of Oz, and I loved Cowardly Lion of Oz nearly as much.

The characters I enjoyed the most in this story is the orphan Bob. For the first time, Thompson is tackling a serious issue for children, and

"Udge budge, go to Mudge. Udger budger you're a Mudger."

Who just says that out of nowhere? I guess a clown from the 1920's did that, and got teleported to Oz. If only getting to Oz were so easy, even if Mudge is one of the worst parts of Oz. This book is chalk full of Thompson weirdness, making it

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