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The Royal Book of Oz

L. Frank Baum

Book Overview: 

The Royal Book of Oz is the fifteenth in the series of Oz books, and the first to be written by Ruth Plumly Thompson after L. Frank Baum’s death. Although Baum was credited as the author, it was written entirely by Thompson.

The Scarecrow is upset when Professor Wogglebug tells him that he has no family, so he goes to where Dorothy Gale found him to trace his “roots.” Then he vanishes from the face of Oz.

Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion mount a search for their friend, but when that is successful, they will need to become a rescue party!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . that conversation was impossible, she clung fast to the lion's mane and began thinking about the Scarecrow. The thunder continued at frequent intervals, but there was no rain, and after they had been running for what seemed to Dorothy hours and hours, a sudden terrific bump sent her flying over the lion's head into a bush. Too breathless to speak, she felt herself carefully all over. Then, finding that she was still in one piece, she called to the Cowardly Lion. She could hear him moaning and muttering about his heart.

"Any bones broken?" she asked anxiously.

"Only my head," groaned the lion dismally. Just then the darkness lifted as suddenly as it had fallen, and Dorothy saw him leaning against a tree with his eyes closed. There was a big bump on his head. With a little cry of sympathy, Dorothy hurried toward him, when all at once something strange about their surroundings struck her.

"Why, where are we?" cried the little girl, stopping short.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I had recently re-read all the original Oz books with my son, and finally decided that I wanted to see what the non-Baum books were like. My son, on the other hand (he's 8) declared he only wanted to read the originals, so he declined!

The book is not particularly good, although there are some creati

I wasn’t too sure what I’d make of this one going into it because it’s the first of the Oz books to be written and published by a third-party after L. Frank Baum’s death. It had a little introduction to it that was surprisingly moving because it was written by Baum’s widow and talked about how he’d

This was my first time reading one of Thompson’s books and I was pleasantly surprised.

First and foremost, she is not Baum. Tonally and stylistically, this felt more like reading a Bobbsey Twins book than an Oz book. The language is simpler, the puns are more intense and the comedy is broader. That

I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

I've always loved the wizard of oz and the return to oz films and so I leapt at the chance to read one of the original books.
This book wasn't as great a delight as I had hoped an

While lacking the charm and fun of Baum’s Oz books, it did have some charm of its own. The characters were not really the same as previously written by Baum, with Dorothy and Ozma getting cross and saying things they would never say. Some of the new characters are as original and fun as the old, I e

I was very reluctant to read the Ruth Plumly Thompson OZ books and it took me over 25 years to finally succumb to temptation. I read the Baum 14 once every 3-5 years just to take a vacation back to my happy place - and the idea that Baum died and HIS Oz ended has always left a sour taste in my mouth

This book, in most forms, is credited to L. Frank Baum, but The Royal Book of Oz was written by Thompson after Baum's death. But even without having been told this, nothing could have been more obvious than Baum's absence upon reading the book. If the writing style alone hadn't been a dead giveaway,

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