Book Review: The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum

July 26, 2011

About:
“The Marvelous Land of Oz” by L. Frank Baum is the second story in set in the fictional land of Oz. The book however is not about Dorothy.

My rating for The Marvelous Land of Oz – 3

Thoughts:
“The Marvelous Land of Oz” by L. Frank Baum takes place after the “Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (book review) ends. The story follows a boy named Tip and, while I didn’t feel it was as good as its predecessor, is certain a worthwhile read just to get a glimpse into Baum’s imagination.

The writing in this book seemed forced, while I liked the message that the Tin Woodsman (heart) and Scarecrow (brain) need one another to coexist, the main character was strange and the ending was freaky.

Baum introduces some new characters: Jack Pumpkinhead, Mombi the witch among others which are very imaginative. I did find other aspects of the story interesting though, but not what Baum intended. The difference between 2011 and 1904 makes a great discussion with children and adults alike. For example, the women of Oz are happy at the men taking over the household duties because they are only truly happy at finally getting a chance to cook a good meal.

The more I read the book; I sadly realized that in 2011 a book like this has a very slim chance of actually getting published. The political correct crowd will demolish half the book before it gets to the printer and the conservative movement will gladly destroy the other half.

So tell me, have you read any books which won’t get published in this day and age?

Synopsis:
Tip is a young boy who lives with a witch named Mombie. Being fed up with the way he is being treated, Tip runs away with a pumpkin man he brought to life which he calls Jack Pumpkinhead. Together the two friends explore the Oz on their way to Emerald City so they can meet its king, the Scarecrow.

Zohar – Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I bought this book.

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7 Comments

  • Judaye July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I think Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell might have a hard time being published.

    • zohar July 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks for the comment Judaye – yes, I agree about Gone with the Wind

  • Ryan July 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I have never read any of these books though I have always wanted to, along with the Mary Poppins books. Thanks for the review.

  • bookspersonally July 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    So interesting to learn more about this book – I wonder how many people still read the original series (I’m certain I only ever read The Wizard of Oz but remember it being hard to read with the movie imagery in mind).

  • PaulDail July 27, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I’m curious what parts of the book you thought wouldn’t get it published in this day and age. I’m guessing it was something more than dated language. I think you’ve made a fascinating statement and would love to know specifics.

    Personally, while I know so many people love it, I don’t think “A Wrinkle in Time” would be picked up by a traditional publisher these days. I liked several parts of the book, but I had a hard time with Meg’s character (and have had several of my students say they didn’t really like her, either. They thought she was too weak and whiny to be the main protagonist in an age where female YA characters are supposed to have more going for them).

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com

    • zohar July 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks for the comment Paul.

      I don’t think that any children book in which the women happily give up control and be “liberated” into the kitchen will make it past an editor these days.

      Or the army of girls armed with knitting needles (which I found funny).

      • PaulDail July 30, 2011 at 1:27 pm

        Seriously? An army of girls with knitting needles? That’s awesome (and if used well by a horror writer, could be a little frightening as well. Hmm. I think I’m coming up with a new story 🙂

        Paul D. Dail
        http://www.pauldail.com

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