Review: The Emerald City of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Genre: Fantasy Age Level: Junior Series: Oz #6 Pages: Paperback - 296 Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Genre: Fantasy
Age Level: Junior
Series: Oz #6
Pages: Paperback – 296
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.

For newcomers as well as veteran travelers to L. Frank Baum’s fabled realm, this captivating tale promises a host of astonishing creatures, incredible feats and outlandish situations.

Considered to be the most spectacularly illustrated of all the Oz books The Emerald City of Oz vividly describes the continuing adventures of Dorothy, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry and their move to the magical kingdom. Readers discover how Dorothy became a princess, got lost and was found again by the Wizard; how the Wizard practiced sorcery, the Scarecrow displayed his wisdom and Uncle Henry got into trouble; and how the fierce warriors invaded Oz. And of course there are such bizzare characters as the Cuttenclips, Wogglebug, Grand Gallipoot and Flutterbudgets.


The Emerald City of Oz continues to be a highly imaginative and fun story. This time, we are taken on a tour of the land, meeting old friends as well as new ones. With a more complex plot, tons of suspense and humour, this novel didn’t hold anything back.

After every Oz novel I think that Baum must have exhausted his imagination, but time and time again I am proven wrong. I don’t know how he does it, but each story is packed with creatures that are unique, and have their own societal structure. They range from cunning to dimwitted, strong to weak, good to evil, from human to animated.

Instead of the plot just following the main character (usually Dorothy), in The Emerald City of Oz, the plot alternated between Dorothy’s friends and family’s tour of Oz and the Nome King’s plan to attack the Emerald City. This added a layer of suspense to the story and a different perspective on the land of Oz.

I really enjoyed the humour in the story as there was a  ton of wordplay and as usual, comments on society.

It seems that Baum intended for this to be the final Oz book, as the land of Oz cuts itself off from the rest of the world and therefore no more stories about the land can be heard. Thankfully, this was not the end of the series, and I look forward to continuing!

Other Oz books:

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (#1)

The Marvelous Land of Oz (#2)

Ozma of Oz (#3)

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (#4)

The Road to Oz (#5)

Have you read this book? What did you think? 


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