Furthermore, the next two and a half books — Ozma of Oz, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, and the first half of The Road to Oz — take place primarily outside of Oz, so Baum had little chance to develop his new land. And by the time he got back to Oz for a full book, in The Emerald City of Oz, Baum had intended to end the Oz series. So over the first six books, there isn’t a lot of consistency because there was no call for it, and nobody thought it would be needed. Plus, he was developing the rules as he went — which is why there is money in The Marvelous Land of Oz, but its use had been abolished by The Road to Oz, to give one example. When Baum returned to writing Oz full time, he had a better idea what was going on and what his country was like, and so had an easier time of it — although he still contradicted himself at times. Then when other authors took over from Baum, they brought some of their own ideas and thoughts about Oz to the books, causing other minor inconsistencies.
By John R. Neill Cover Order Title Illustrator Year Publisher 34 The Wonder City of Oz John R. Neill 1940 Reilly & Lee Jenny Jump captures a leprechaun and forces him to make her into a fairy, but he only does half the job before escaping. Jenny then jumps to Oz using her half-fairy gifts. She soon sets up a fashionable Style Shop with a magic turnstyle which will give anyone high style and challenges Ozma to an ozlection to become ruler of the Land of Oz. 35 The Scalawagons of Oz John R. Neill 1941 Reilly & Lee The Wizard creates Scalawagons, intelligent cars that can also fly. He makes Tik-Tok superintendent of the Scalawagons Factory, but the mechanical man runs down.
He lands in the Hidden Valley, and becomes a prisoner, but they escape and set out on adventures with the Tin Woodman. By Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Lauren Lynn McGraw 40 Merry-Go-Round in Oz Dick Martin 1963 Reilly & Lee Robin Brown from the USA rides a magic merry-go-round horse to Oz.
Jack Snow was a Baum scholar, and even offered to take over the series at age twelve when Baum died. Snow’s books lack any characters created by Thompson or Neill, although he did create his own.
Bell Snickle, a mysterious creature, takes advantage of Tik-Tok’s condition by filling the scalawagons with “flabber-gas” and the Wizard nearly loses his scalawagons. 36 Lucky Bucky in Oz John R. Neill 1942 Reilly & Lee Bucky is aboard a tugboat in New York Harbour when the boiler blows up. He is soon blown into the Nonestic Ocean where he meets Davy Jones, a wooden whale. The pair take an undersea route to the Emerald City, and have many adventures along the way.
The sequel, The Marvelous Land of Oz, also wasn’t written with a series in mind. By the time Baum wrote the third book, Ozma of Oz, however, he had agreed to write several more Oz books, and so had to start figuring out the rules for his creation. Baum was blazing a new trail, as he was one of the first authors to create a series of fantasy novels.
Upon landing, Robin must help find the missing magic rings of Halidom. Like any other long series of books , a few inconsistencies have shown up within the books. The questions Why do some books have the Munchkin Country in the west and the Winkie Country in the east? and What’s the name of the Soldier with the Green Whiskers? are two examples, and there are several other smaller flubs and the like that have appeared in the books as well. Some Oz fans have had some fun creating fanciful explanations for these contradictions, but for the most part readers don’t worry about them too much. This can all be traced to the fact that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was not originally written with a series in mind, but as a stand-alone novel.
By Jack Snow 37 The Magical Mimics in Oz Frank Kramer 1946 Reilly & Lee Ozma and Glinda go to meet with the Fairy Queen Lurline in the Forest of Burzee and leaves Dorothy in charge of Oz. During Ozma’s absence, the evil Mimics escape their imprisonment on Mount Illuso and use their magic to take the form of others and attempt to conquer Oz. 38 The Shaggy Man of Oz Frank Kramer 1949 Reilly & Lee It is discovered that the love magnet, which was owned by the Shaggy Man has broken, and only its creator, the evil Conjo can fix it. Meanwhile, Twink and Tom are pulled through their television to the Isle of Conjo in the Nonestic Ocean along with the wooden clown Twiffle. Soon the Shaggy Man arrives and saves them from Conjo. By Rachel Cosgrove 39 The Hidden Valley of Oz Dirk Gringhuis 1951 Reilly & Lee Jam, a boy from Ohio builds a kite and attaches it to a crate and sets off to Oz with his two guinea pigs, Pinny and Gig, and a lab rat named Percy.
The vast majority of readers didn’t notice or care, however. So don’t let a small inconsistency get in the way of enjoying a good Oz story. However, if you really need an explanation for all of the inconsistencies, and how all of the Oz books can fit together, I’d recommend that you read the novel Paradox in Oz by Edward Einhorn.
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