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Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Book Overview: 

The Wizard of Oz has built two beautiful "Ozoplanes" to explore Oz. But the official launch party goes wrong when the Soldier with the Green Whiskers accidentally launches the Oztober into the cloud country of Stratovania! The ruler, Strut of the Strat, makes Jellia Jamb his "Starina" and then sets off to conquer the fascinating country of Oz! Meanwhile the Wizard, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow pile into the Ozpril and chase after the Oztober, but end up having an adventure of their own...

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Once, much against his will, he had been carried to an island in the sky, and that experience had been more than enough. In his own mind he already had decided not to accompany the Wizard on his proposed flight. Yessir, when the party assembled for the trip he would just turn up missing and manage to stay behind. Immensely relieved by this secret decision, he ambled forward.

"You will notice," the Wizard was pointing out briskly, "that I have done away with all controls and levers. On this board are all the buttons necessary to operate the ship."

"Looks like an organ," observed Dorothy, squinting at the bright array of buttons set in the top of the table within easy reach of the first seat. "Must you play all those stops and starters to guide the plane?"

"Not quite all," smiled the Wizard, "but if we wished to start, I'd first press this green button to depress the wings and inflate our balloon. Next, I'd push the button marked 'up' . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great book.

Ugh, thank goodness this is the last of the Thompson Oz books - reading the entire series became such a chore! Nowhere close to the charm, magic, and inventiveness of the originals. These books should not be considered Oz canon.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it was nice compared to some of Thompson's later books, better plot and pace for sure. What didn't work as well for me is some of the portrayals of Baum's most classic characters. Jellia Jamb stepped up and became a major player, but I'm not sure h