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Dot and Tot of Merryland

L. Frank Baum

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Dot and Tot of Merryland is a novel by L. Frank Baum. After Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, he wrote this story about the adventures of a little girl named Dot and a little boy named Tot in a land reached by floating on a river that flowed through a tunnel. The land was called Merryland and was split into seven valleys.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Bear!" repeated Tot, with wide open eyes. "Funny bear!"

Halfway up the valley they saw a shaggy-looking creature sitting upon a rock. It seemed to have the form of a man, as Tot had first declared; but it was covered with long, thick hair, which made Dot decide it must be a bear.

Whatever it was, the creature was surely alive, and it had also seen the boat, for the next moment it rose from the rock and came bounding down to the shore of the river, leaping from stone to stone, and moving so swiftly that its long hair streamed out behind it in the wind.

The boat was now being carried by the current directly toward the shore, and soon its front end touched softly upon the gravelly beach. At the same time the strange . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not the best book by Baum but a fan will enjoy it. Like many early Oz books, Merryland is more or less just a description of fun and fanciful lands traveled through. Dot and Tot travel through the seven valleys of Merryland with no real purpose other than the loose idea that they need to return home

As far as I know, this is the first edition of “Dot and Tot of Merryland,” by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W.W. Denslow. I'm an illustrator, and Denslow is in my pantheon. It was published in 1901 and belonged to my grandmother when she was a child, then to her children (my mother was born in 19

eponymous-ey sentences:
p10: "She's Dot F'eelun'," repeated Tot.
"And this is my friend, Tot Thompson," she continued.
"I'm Tot Tompum," said Tot gravely.
"Oh," replied the man. "I'm pleased to make your acquaintance. I'm the Watch-Dog of Merryland."

Read like a knock-off Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

I had to take off stars for the racism. Without that scattered here and there, it would be a lovely book. If it were edited I would love to see it illustrated by Michael Hague or someone like that.

Very fun to see glimpses of things to come in the Oz books. a fairy queen, a man who needs to be oiled,

A Lesser effort from Baum his first attempt at a fantasy following the immense success of the wizard of Oz. Dot and tot lacks the narrative drive of the Wizard and is little more than a travelogue (as this is Baum that should be "fairylogue.")
In the introduction to the Wizard of Oz Baum condemns the

This isn't bad. The story is a bit thin, but it has an inventive fairy land and I enjoyed the journey. With Baum it's usually more about the journey than the plot.


A wonderful tale of Dot and Tot’s journey in Merryland. Another place with another ruler referenced in OZ. A fun light book.

Wow, I can't believe this book is here! I had a copy as a child that got damaged (ithad been my grandfather's book). I always wanted to read it again. Looks like I may be able to find a copy of it all these years later.

There is, I think, a reason why this "novel" - L. Frank Baum's first after the seminal Wonderful Wizard of Oz - has rarely been reprinted. Simply put, it isn't very good. The protagonists are unlikeable, and they don't really do anything; they just glide through the story, bouncing from one magical

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