- Author L. Frank Baum
It’s always fun to see an author resurrect a series that they had previously finished off so neatly. After tying up all the loose ends in the last book, Baum has to concede the children love Oz too much not to hear from there again, and hey presto, another story.
I thought this one got off to a bit of a slow start, with monosyllabic Unc and a mediocre journey to the wizard. However, when things go wrong and the Patchwork Girl is created, the traditional adventures start to begin - many strange characters, many strange lands, lots of imagination.
It’s quite nice, too, that Dorothy only comes in at the end of the story, going on only one portion of the journey. And there’s a nice moral about not believing yourself to be unlucky and in thinking positively.