This is yet another fun adventure in a magical country. Both with old friends, such as the Shaggy Man, Polychrome the Rainbow’s Daughter, and Tik-Tok the machine man, as well as new friends, Betsy Bobbin, Hank the Mule, and the people of Oogaboo, a province of Oz, this adventure also involves the infamous Nome King.
Full of magic and intrigue, ‘Tik-Tok of Oz’ is a grand journey in search of the long-lost brother of the Shaggy Man. The characters are as dear as you remember, and Betsy Bobbin is just as kind as Princess Dorothy herself. Though most of the journey is through magical kingdoms that are not Oz, the story culminates in that beautiful land, which is still ruled by the wonderful girl ruler Ozma.
If you enjoy the other Oz books, this book should be added to your collection. Written in the same, simple way as the others before it, and no less charming and magical, the continuation of the beloved world of Oz and the adventures of the many characters we’ve followed for so long is another mark in the legacy of the man who invented them.
I love re-reading books from this series. Betsy Bobbin and Hank, her mule, replace Dorothy and Toto & Ruggedo the Knome is back as the fat and sassy villain. Hot-tempered and rude Ozite, Queen Anne, and her army set out to conquer to the world. The exiled Rose Princess has an excellent headpiece in the pictures and there is a fun fall into a hollow tube through the center of the world.
My favorite detail - the maiden aides of the Queen of Light - Moonlight, Starlight, Sunlight and Daylight, Firelight and Electra.
The book in which Baum forgot his own continuity...
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