- Author L. Frank Baum
I thought this was a really good Oz story, a little bit darker than previous affairs, but well balanced and well written. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of Dorothy and her friends travelling to different lands alongside the Nome soldier doing the same, except his purpose was to recruit an army to invade Oz.
I also thought it was about time Dorothy’s aunt and uncle arrived in Oz, because through all their previous struggles it didn’t make sense that they had so little while Oz had so much. It was fascinating to ponder their adjustment to this fairy land, however. Kids are so much more open to that kind of thing than older folk.
It’s also interesting to read the end, where it clearly ties the story up in a neat little bow so that there should be no more correspondence from the world of Oz. And yet, being only partway through my compendium of Oz stories, I know that is not the case!