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The Patchwork Girl of Oz

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

An unlucky Munchkin boy named Ojo must travel around Oz gathering the ingredients for an antidote to the Liquid of Petrifaction which has turned his beloved uncle Unc Nunkie and the wife of the Liquid's creator into marble statues. Ojo is joined by the patchwork girl Scraps, Dorothy, Dr. Pipt's Glass Cat, the Woozy, the Shaggy Man, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman. They eventually visit the Emerald City to ask for help from the Wizard of Oz.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Scraps, gazing at him in astonishment. "Do you need more stuffing? Then why don't you use cotton, such as I am stuffed with?"

"I don't need that kind," said Ojo.

"But a mouth is to talk with, isn't it?"

"It is also to eat with," replied the boy. "If I didn't put food into my mouth, and eat it, I would get hungry and starve."

"Ah, I didn't know that," she said. "Give me some."

Ojo handed her a bit of the bread and she put it in her mouth.

"What next?" she asked, scarcely able to speak.

"Chew it and swallow it," said the boy.

Scraps tried that. Her pearl teeth were unable to chew the bread and beyond her mouth there was no opening. Being unable to swallow she threw away the bread and laughed.

"I must get hungry and starve, for I can't eat," she said.71

72 "Neither can I," announced the cat; "but I'm not fool enough to try. Can't you understand that you and I are superior peo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was the fifth of L. Frank Baum's fourteen Oz books that I have read with my son. We have not read all of the books in chronological order, though I don't think it makes much difference; though I may be wrong about this and it may account for some inconsistencies that we have noticed in the w...more

Let me tell you, dear readers...not all Oz books are created equal. I am deep into my mission to read all of the the Oz books (at least, all the volumes credited to Mr. Baum himself) and if anyone should try to follow suit, he or she had better do as the great Bette Davis once suggested and buckl...more

The Patchwork Girl of Oz is not about the Patchwork Girl of Oz, but rather is the story of a little munchkin boy and his motley assortment of followers journeying across the land of Oz in search of items that will create a magic capable of saving the boy's beloved uncle.

However, one of those mot...more

Ojo (the unlucky) and his Uncle, Unc Nunkie (both Munchkins) are in a bad state of hunger, so they go to visit someone Unc knows; Dr. Pipt (a crooked, legged magician). There, Ojo messes with a potion that Dr. Pipt is going to use to bring his wife's patch-doll to life as a servant... and things...more

In this volume, the first since Baum relented on his vow never to write another Oz book, we meet Ojo the Unlucky, the Glass Cat, the Woozy and Scraps, the titular Patchwork Girl. There's also plenty of our old favourites making return appearances.

This book takes the form of a quest and I'm a suck...more

Although this one began with a few gems and a sparkling new character addition; it quickly turned into a bore. The phrase of Scraps; 'I am original, therefore thoroughly incomparable' was so promising but not much came out of it to .

I am loving this series!

3,5
Not as good as the other books.

This was my favorite Oz book so far! Review to come (maybe)

People familiar with the first six books of the series might think it is all fun, rainbows, and unicorns in the Land of Oz. There are some not-quite-nice places, but they are isolated and their inhabitants never go outside of their designated area. The local population lives in what seems to be C...more

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