|Ozma of Oz (Books of Wonder)|
L. Frank Baum
Date: 1904 — $16.49 — Book
Fiction, Fantasy, Children's
Baum is back on solid ground with Ozma of Oz. He brings back Dorothy, whose plain-spoken ways are marvelous when contrasted with the overtly magical land of Ix, where most of the action takes place. This tale also introduces a princess who has many different heads, the Tik-Tok Man (apparently a holdover from an unsuccessful play of Baum's), and the King of the Nomes, Roquat the Red— an adversary who begins, in this novel, to hate Oz.
This is a favorite novel of many Oz readers, bringing in the right amount of peril while having a backup plan just in case to reassure the children. The peril is real but there is still a sense that they will win out in the end.