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The Road to Oz

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

The Road to Oz takes Dorothy and her friends on an adventure in Oz to a grand party in honor of Ozma’s birthday. It all starts near her home on Uncle Henry’s farm in Kansas when she tries to help a shaggy stranger find the road he is seeking. On the way they find a young boy, Button-Bright, and together they get lost, only to find themselves in the fairylands of Oz.

Once again in the Land of Oz, Dorothy and her friends encounter a number of new fantasy characters: some good, some bad, some amusing, and all entertaining. They make their way eventually to the Emerald City to participate in Ozma’s Birthday Celebration. In the end, Dorothy arrives safely back home, a little tired from her adventures, but quite content.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .one knee and then the other—so that the drum said; "Boom-boom."

"You must all do exactly what I do," ordered the captain; so the shaggy man pounded the drum with his knees, and so did Dorothy and so did Button-Bright. The boy wanted to keep on pounding it with his little fat knees, because he liked the sound of it; but the captain stopped him. Toto couldn't pound the drum with his knees and he didn't know enough to wag his tail against it, so Dorothy pounded the drum for him and that made him bark, and when the little dog barked the fox-captain scowled.

The golden curtains drew back far enough to make an opening, through which marched the captain with the others.

The broad, long room they entered was decorated in gold with stained-glass windows of splendid colors. In the center of the room, upon a richly carved golden throne, sat the fox-king, surrounded by a group of other foxes, all of whom wore great spectacles over their eyes, making . . . Read More

Community Reviews

OK. It’s obvious what’s going on here. As L. Frank Baum explained in the foreword to one of the OZ books (and I’ve seen such sentiments in some of his other forewords, too):
It's no use; no use at all. The children won't let me stop telling tales of the Land of Oz. I know lots of other stories, and

I've been reading my way through the Oz books lately in order to fill in some gaps of children's literature I'd missed as a kid. I wasn't too happy with the previous story because it felt like Baum didn't really feel any of it and just wrote Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz because he was pressured by a

These books are starting to feel a little repetitive. Somehow Dorothy, unintentionally, ends up on a journey to find OZ and along the way she meets a new cast of eccentric characters and/or she is reunited with every eccentric character she has met on her previous journeys.
Maybe I need take a longe

Another trip to Oz for Dorothy and Toto lovers will be pleased to hear that her little dog is along for the ride again this time.

Speaking of Toto, I'm slightly puzzled as to why every other animal arriving in Oz suddenly develops the capacity for human speech but Toto sticks to barks and woofs. Perh

While not as dark as the last book, The Road to Oz has many similarities to Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. Again, our little heroine unintentionally sets off on a journey during which she meets a host of new characters, experiences a few easily-overcome challenges, and ends up in Oz. This time, thoug

Catching up with the classics # 11

Well just whimsical
I always enjoy an Oz novel, even if it’s the new Dorothy Must Die series, which one can appreciate so much more the more one reads these old school Baum books. This time it is Ozma’s birthday, so it’s time to celebrate! We meet some new friends w

So im reading all the Oz books plus the side books but feeling a little sick so review to come when i'm feeling better

A shaggy-looking guy called Shaggy Man asked Dorothy for directions; the latter trying to show the right road completely lost her way and the pair ended up in a magical land - not Oz, but somewhere close to it geographically. Their decided to proceed to Oz instead of going back to Kansas. By doing s

This, is, quite frankly, the worst of all the Oz books I've read. I got the feeling that, by the end, Baum was bored with writing it and just stopped trying.

It starts rather disturbingly in that Dorothy walks away from her farm alone with a stranger called The Shaggy Man who says that he's lost and

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