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The Marvelous Land of Oz

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Author: L. Frank Baum
Published: 1904
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.6
LoC Category: PZ
Series: Wizard of Oz
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 9,533
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Origin: gutenberg.org

This early history of Oz takes readers on a series of incredible adventures with Tip, a small boy who runs away from old Mombi, the witch, taking with him Jack Pumpkinhead and the wooden Saw-Horse. The Scarecrow is King of the Emerald City until he, Tip, Jack, and the Tin Woodman are forced to flee the royal palace when it is invaded by General Jinjur and her army of rebelling girls. The Land of Oz ends with an amazing surprise, and from that moment on Ozma is princess of all Oz.

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e pumpkins in Mombi's corn-fields, lying golden red among the rows of green stalks; and these had been planted and carefully tended that the four-horned cow might eat of them in the winter time. But one day, after the corn had all been cut and stacked, and Tip was carrying the pumpkins to the stable, he took a notion to make a "Jack Lantern" and try to give the old woman a fright with it.

So he selected a fine, big pumpkin -- one with a lustrous, orange-red color -- and began carving it. With the point of his knife he made two round eyes, a three-cornered nose, and

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10 a mouth shaped like a new moon. The face, when completed, could not have been considered strictly beautiful; but it wore a smile so big and broad, and was so Jolly in expression, that even Tip laughed as he looked admiringly at his work.

The child had no playmates, so he did not know that boys often dig out the inside of a "pumpkin-jack," and in the space thus made put a lighted candle to render t

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
2011.12.11
Ron Black
*****

I remember reading this and being shocked at the twist. The whole book is a lot of fun. One of my favorite characters is the Wogglebug, but renewing acquaintances with the Scarecrow and the Tin Man was great, too.

2011.02.08
tgatzajr
*****

A wonderful and relaxing book! I loved the wit and humor that is found throughout the book as well as the many adventures that Tip and his friends encounter. Well written with a flowing story, I found it hard at times to put the book down.

This book may be considered for young readers but this "old man" found the joy of his youth again in this book. It's a nice escape from reality and I intend to finish the rest of the series soon.

I must say that Frank Baum was a wonderful story teller!


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