- Author L. Frank Baum
I think this is my favourite of the Oz series so far, it has so many interesting ideas in there - the moving carpet to cross the desert, the princess with a selection of heads to choose from, the ornament guessing game, and of course the Wheelers. I think I had a picture book that combined the previous adventures with Jack Pumpkinhead with this one, and I remember the Wheelers being absolutely terrifying.
This time round, they’re not so much, and them crumbling under the realisation that they aren’t that scary was quite fun to read!
A great book, fun and redeeming, with characters getting their comeuppance wherever necessary. Also there’s a haughty talking chicken. What’s not to like?