Review: The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Genre: fantasy Age Level: junior Series: Oz #7
Genre: fantasy
Age Level: junior
Series: Oz #7

In this dazzling tale, L. Frank Baum proves once again his power to delight and enchant readers of all ages. Follow the adventures of a charming new band of characters as they explore the wondrous land of Oz and discover that you learn more by traveling than by staying at home.

Forced to venture out of the dark forest, Unc Nunkie and Ojo the Unlucky call on the Crooked Magician, who introduces them to his latest creation: a living girl made out of patchwork quilts and cotton stuffing. But when an accident leaves beloved Unc Nunkie a motionless statue, it is up to Ojo to save him. In his search for the magic ingredients that will restore his uncle to life, Ojo is joined by the Patchwork Girl and by the conceited Glass Cat, who boasts of her hard ruby heart, the resourceful Shaggy Man, and the lovable block-headed Woozy, whose tail hairs are just one of the things Ojo needs to rescue Une Nunkie.

As they travel to the Emerald City, home of the wise and powerful Ozma, they meet Dorothy, the kind and sensible girl from Kansas; the gallant Scarecrow; and, of course, Toto. But no one proves more loyal than the spirited Patchwork Girl, who, although she was brought to life as a servant, is determined to see the wide world for herself. 


The Oz books never cease to amaze me. Baum is constantly introducing new characters and each is as original as the next.  I wish I knew how he did it, for original characters are hard to come by. While not the strongest of the Oz books, The Patchwork Girl of Oz is exciting and humorous all the same. 

Once again the theme of intelligence is revisited once again. Is knowledge the same as intelligence? Is a simple explanation or a convoluted one the sign of intelligence? None of these questions are ever answered but are argued about to some extent. There is also a touch of romance which is quite sweet.

The plot felt a little dragged out at times and at others boring. There is too much repetition between the books as some scenes are nearly identical. Oz and the central characters are described anew in every book and after awhile it becomes a little annoying.

I wasn’t such a big fan of the ending as it discounted the majority of the book. It also felt a bit rushed as the resolution takes place over a few pages. However, since I am not expecting a great work of literature, none of this detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book. I can’t wait to read the next one!

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)

The Emerald City of Oz (#6)

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!


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