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Tik-Tok of Oz

Press:Lightning Source Inc IndyPublish (December 11, 2002)
Author Name:Baum, L. Frank


First published in 1914, this classic story continues the series of books featuring the magical land of Oz. 
Titles include "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz", "The Marvellous Land of Oz" and "The Wizard of Oz".

From the Publisher

This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. 
If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book.
Simple to run, no program to install.
Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading.
The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels.
Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2 and MacIntosh and Linux with Windows Emulation.
Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index.
the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.
This Electronic Paperback is illustrated.
This Electronic Paperback is read aloud by an actor.

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From the Inside Flap

Book 8 in L. 
Frank Baum's immortal OZ series, in which Betsy Bobbin and Hank the Mule are shipwrecked on the coast of Oz, meet up with the invading army of Queen Ann of Oogaboo, and help the Shaggy Man rescue his brother from the evil Nome King.

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About the Author

Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was born in Chittenango, Ne Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was born in Chittenango, New York. 
After trying many different professions, he turned tw York.
After trying many different professions, he turned to writing for children at the age of 40.
"The Wizard of Oz "o writing for children at the age of 40.
"The Wizard of Oz "is the first and most popular of his fourteen Oz novels.
is the first and most popular of his fourteen Oz novels.

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  •     The Lost Princess of Oz is one of L. Frank Baum's most imaginative books. It begins with a serious problem, Ozma's disappearance, and with many of the favorite characters. Yet in a parallel story, an early chapter takes us to the Winkie Country and introduces us to some delightful new characters, The Frogman and Cayke the Cookie Cook. We know that Cayke's stolen magic dishpan is somehow related to Ozma's disappearance.I love the role that Scraps, the Patchwork Girl, plays in this book. We meet some whimsical new villages and the beings who inhabit them. We pay attention to small details that are nonetheless important to those most affected by them, such as Toto's missing growl. Illusions are turned upside down and inside out, making us think. It's a delightful journey, all in all, one that I highly recommend.

  •     when they gave the size of these books... they were the same size as the Rand McNally books I'd bought years ago...

  •     I had to delete this book and all in this series from my Kindle...far too boring.

  •     I have always been a huge fan of the Wizard of Oz. Growing up, I only knew of the actual movie. Then once I became an adult and started working on my Oz collection, I read the book.Never knowing that there were several books in the series, I instantly stared downloading books and reading. Even at the age of 40 something, I love these books.Your never too old to wander to Oz and live the crazy life that exist with Dorothy and her friends.

  •     A very charming book in the original Oz series. This is a mystery in which Ozma and various magical objects disappear and must be found by many beloved characters.

  •     another good one in this awesome series

  •     9 year old LOVEs these books.

  •     As with the other Oz books, I loved Tik-Tok of Oz. Very imaginative and funny

  •     Like the previous Oz book, "Rinkitink in Oz," this was an outing by Baum that scores by deviating a bit from the standard Oz formula. The characters in the book are on a journey, as usual, but instead of trying to get to the Emerald City, the characters are departing that city to find the missing Princess Ozma who, along with most of the powerful magical objects in Oz, has vanished. Furthermore, Baum puts together one of the largest primary casts ever in an Oz book, including Dorothy and Toto, the Wizard, the Patchwork Girl, the Sawhorse, the Cowardly Lion, Betsy Bobbin and Hank, Trot and Button-Bright and the Woozy, as well as adding the Frogman, Cayke the Cookie Cook and the Big Lavender Bear and the Little Pink Bear.While it's nice to see to many characters, it does hurt the book somewhat -- it shows really how superfluous Besty and Trot are with Dorothy around, and it includes a bizarre little subplot with Toto that doesn't really add much. Furthermore, the ending is really syrupy and saccharine, even for an Oz book.The addition of the Frogman is a major plus, though -- he is easily the most entertaining new character added to the series since Scraps the Patchwork Girl, and it was nice to have a book that for once didn't rely on the old villains like the Nome King or the old deus ex machina of Ozma's magic picture and Glinda's magic book. In fact, I kind of wish those two items had stayed lost -- other Oz books rely on them entirely too much for their resolution.

  •     Good

  •     He's awesome

  •     Baum's 11th Oz book. While the stories had become a bit repetitive by this point, the introduction of new characters continues to entertain and there's something just so charming about these. They are, in every respect, American fairytales. If you like fantasy or have kids of any age, get these books.

  •     While charming enough to delight children, 'The Lost Princess Of Oz' (1917) is not one of the more exceptional books in L. Frank Baum's Oz series.The problem lies with both writer and illustrator; Baum's cast of characters has been poorly chosen, and John R. Neill's usually masterful, visionary illustrations are in many cases merely serviceable.The book features four child protagonists--Dorothy, Trot, Betsy Bobbin, and lone male Button-Bright--which is three interchangeable child protagonists too many (in several chapters, Trot and Betsy, though ostensibly present, do not speak and play no part in the action).As in most of the Oz books, the plot revolves around a journey, and those chosen in this case to undertake the search for the kidnapped Ozma are simply too bland a group.Colorful eccentrics the Woogle Bug and Jack Pumpkinhead are missing, and while Scraps the Patchwork Girl is included, she ambles about on the periphery of the story for most of the book with little sign of her trademark intrusive spark and spunk.There are also too many talking animals--whether of 'meat' or magical origin--the Cowardly Lion, Hank the Mule, Toto, the Woozy, and the Sawhorse (and later, the Big Lavender Bear and the Small Pink Bear).Though several interesting conversations arise from their differing philosophical viewpoints, the characters--which also include the 'Little Wizard' of the original title--are portrayed too homogeneously, and thus the tension and flair usually found in Baum's stories and dialogue are absent.Baum does score with the introduction to the series of the Frogman, a fun, imaginative character rivaling the Woogle Bug, the Gnome King, Tik-Tok, and Jack Pumpkinhead in pleasant absurdity, vibrance, and potential.But Baum's descriptive portrayal of his fairyland is sadly pedestrian throughout, as if these as-yet undiscovered kingdoms in the marvelous landscape of Oz are simply to be taken for granted.All of which may explain Neill's largely uninspired, functional illustrations. Neill's usual genius is almost entirely missing, though careful readers may notice the dramatic and humorous illustration of the wizard standing before a walled city, addressing the heads of numerous giants who stare him down from the other side. All are grisly, bearded, and fierce, except one, who resembles a breathless, slightly overweight, slightly effete matinee idol of the period. Another chapter features a mechanical, jeweled dragon, which Neill inexplicably ignores.Baum surprises with a hilarious scene in which the traveling assembly is anxiously ushered past a gauntlet of giants to meet a king rumored for his cruelty, only to find him delicately combing his eyelashes.The evidence and subtext in 'The Lost Princess Of Oz' suggest, as many other titles in the series do, that women are by far the stronger and more spiritually-refined sex.The Wizard is a well-known humbug, the Lion is a coward, the Frogman is a pompous fabricator, and Button-Bright, in behavior and dress, is in no way significantly different from Dorothy, Betsy, and Trot, who form a kind of juvenile triple-faced goddess.Glinda the Good, Oz's lone sorceress, and Ozma, the kingdom's child ruler, are strong, wise, and fundamentally incapable of error or even ungracious behavior. The Patchwork Girl is clever and indomitable under any circumstance.Was Baum slyly poking fun at his adult audience and critics? Considering Neill's strangely out-of-place, sissy-faced giant, is it an accident that the kingdom of the bears is ruled by the Big Lavender Bear and his constant companion, the sooth-saying Little Pink Bear?Adults desiring to introduce children to the Oz series should start with the first three books, 'The Wizard of Oz,' the better 'The Marvelous Land Of Oz,' the often bizarre 'Ozma Of Oz,' and then progress through the rest of the titles.'Little Wizard Stories Of Oz,' beautifully illustrated and colored by Neill, and specifically written for a younger audience than the regular titles, is also an excellent choice.The optimistic series, with its beautiful evocation of a better world and happier days, are perfect for today's children, who, as the success of the Harry Potter books show, are starved for imaginative, magical, and archetypal fare.

  •     My eight year old is reading through this series and really enjoying it.

  •     A delight. Pleased to have this book.


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