Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz Series #4)

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (Oz Series #4)


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In this edition, Dorothy and the Wizard are sucked into the center of the Earth. Together they make their way back to Oz, dodging grim perils on a hazard-filled journey.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688098261
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/17/1990
Series: Books of Wonder , #4
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 767,907
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lyman Frank Baum (1856 - 1919), better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost works", 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts and many miscellaneous writings). His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country) and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work).

Date of Birth:

May 15, 1856

Date of Death:

May 6, 1919

Place of Birth:

Chittenango, New York

Place of Death:

Hollywood, California


Attended Peekskill Military Academy and Syracuse Classical School

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Chapter 1

The Earthquake

The train from 'Frisco was very late. It should have arrived at Hugson's siding at midnight, but it was already five o'clock and the gray dawn was breaking in the east when the little train slowly rumbled up to the open shed that served for the station-house. As it came to a stop the conductor called out in a loud voice:

"Hugson's Siding!"

At once a little girl rose from her seat and walked to the door of the car, carrying a wicker suit-case in one hand and a round birdcage covered up with newspapers in the other, while a parasol was tucked under her arm. The conductor helped her off the car and then the engineer started his train again, so that it puffed and groaned and moved slowly away up the track. The reason he was so late was because all through the night there were times when the solid earth shook and trembled under him, and the engineer was afraid that at any moment the rails might spread apart and an accident happen to his passengers. So he moved the cars slowly and with caution.

The little girl stood still to watch until the train had disappeared around a curve; then she turned to see where she was.

The shed at Hugson's Siding was bare save for an old wooden bench, and did not look very inviting. As she peered through the soft gray light not a house of any sort was visible near the station, nor was any person in sight; but after a while the child discovered a horse and buggy standing near a group of trees a short distance away. She walked toward it and found the horse tied to a tree and standing motionless, with its head hanging down almost to the ground. It was a big horse, tall and bony,with long legs and large knees and feet. She could count his ribs easily where they showed through the skin of his body, and his head was long and seemed altogether too big for him, as if it did not fit. His tail was short and scraggly, and his harness had been broken in many places and fastened together again with cords and bits of wire. The buggy seemed almost new, for it had a shiny top and side curtains. Getting around in front, so that she could look inside, the girl saw a boy curled up on the seat, fast asleep.

She set down the bird-cage and poked the boy with her parasol. Presently he woke up, rose to a sitting position and rubbed his eyes briskly.

"Hello!" he said, seeing her, "are you Dorothy Gale?"

"Yes," she answered, looking gravely at his tousled hair and blinking gray eyes. "Have you come to take me to Hugson's Ranch?"

"Of course," he answered. "Train in!"

"I couldn't be here if it wasn't," she said.

He laughed at that, and his laugh was merry and frank. Jumping out of the buggy he put Dorothy's suit-case under the seat and her bird-cage on the floor in front.

"Canary-birds?" he asked.

"Oh, no; it's just Eureka, my kitten. I thought that was the best way to carry her."

The boy nodded.

"Eureka's a funny name for a cat," he remarked.

"I named my kitten that because I found it," she explained. "Uncle Henry says 'Eureka' means 'I have found it.' "

"All right; hop in.'-'

She climbed into the buggy and he followed her. Then the boy picked up the reins, shook them, and said "Gid-dap!"

The horse did not stir. Dorothy thought he just wiggled one of his drooping cars, but that was all.

"Gid-dap!" called the boy, again.

The horse stood still.

"Perhaps," said Dorothy, "if you untied him, he would go."

The boy laughed cheerfully and jumped out.

"Guess I'm half asleep yet," he said, untying the horse. "But Jim knows his business all right-don't you, Jim!" patting the long nose of the animal.

Then he got into the buggy again and took the reins, and the horse at once backed away from the tree, turned slowly around, and began to trot down the sandy road which was just visible in the dim light.

"Thought that train would never come," observed the boy. "I've waited at that station for five hours."

"We had a lot of earthquakes," said Dorothy. "Didn't you feel the ground shake?"

"Yes; but we're used to such things in California," he replied. "They don't scare us much."

"The conductor said it was the worst quake he ever knew."

"Did he? Then it must have happened while I was asleep," he said, thoughtfully.

"How is Uncle Henry!" she enquired, after a pause during which the horse continued to trot with long, regular strides.

"He's pretty well. He and Uncle Hugson have been having a fine visit."

"Is Mr. Hugson your uncle?" she asked.

"Yes. Uncle Bill Hugson married your Uncle Henry's wife's sister; so we must be second cousins, " said the boy, in an amused tone. "I work for Uncle Bill on his ranch, and he pays me six dollars a month and my board."

"Isn't that a great deal?" she asked, doubtfully.

"Why, it's a great deal for Uncle Hugson, but not for me. I'm a splendid worker. I work as well as I sleep," he added, with a laugh.

"What is your name?" asked Dorothy, thinking, she liked the boy's manner and the cheery tone of his voice.

"Not a very pretty one," he answered, as if a little ashamed. "My whole name is Zebediah; but folks just call me 'Zeb.' You've been to Australia, haven't you?"

"Yes; with Uncle Henry," she answered. "We got to San Francisco a week ago, and Uncle Henry went right on to Hugson's Ranch for a visit while I stayed a few days in the city with some friends we had met."

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. Copyright © by L. Baum. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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ChicoLuce More than 1 year ago
I've been reading the full Wizard of Oz series since childhood. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz continues Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz after an earthquake transports her there once again. Filled with fantastical creatures, characters and compelling storytelling that fill your imagination. By far more than just a story for children...this book and the entire Oz series is something that adults will certainly enjoy as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dorothy meets her cousin, Zeb, and is riding the horse and buggy home when an earthqake hits, the ground splits, and Dorothy and Zeb are stuck in an underground world. They see many marvelous lands underground, full of surprises! How will Dorothy get home? Read the books and see for yourself! Baum has done it again... created another marvelous book with excitement on every page!!! THIS IS A MUST-HAVE TO YOUR OZ COLLECTION!!!!!
kaionvin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dorothy's traveling through San Francisco, when a earthquake occurs and she falls into the Earth. Once again, she's traveling through some dangerous magical lands, this time accompanied with her eat Eureka, her cousin Zeb, and his cab-horse Jim.I couldn't help notice that this is the first book of the series where Baum doesn't proclaim it to be the last Oz book ever in the introduction. I guess by this point Baum was resigned to the selling power of Oz, and it sort of shows in how much of Dorothy feels like him settling on a formula instead of the major tonal shifts he tried with Marvelous Land and Ozma (which made them back-to-back highs). I mean, what says more sequel fatigue than bringing back two favorite characters from previous books, and putting their names in the title!To be fair, Dorothy and the Wizard are the most interesting characters here: Dorothy her usual common-sense self and taking everything in stride (particularly now that fairy lands are basically normal to her now) and the Wizard managing halfway between magician and humbug. In contrast, Baum doesn't seem to be too interested in Zeb or Jim as characters (and poor Zeb is the only human visitor in the Oz books who never gets a return, let's face it, because he's boring and he's a teenage boy).Despite the overall disappointing "plot", there's still a lot of Baum's trademark inventions on display. I don't think anyone who reads this can forget the land of the vegetable people (who gain consciousness when they're plucked full grown off the vine)¿a rather unsettling passage enhanced by some wonderful line illustrations by John R. Neill. Or the land of the invisible people (who voluntary stay so to avoid being eaten by the invisible killer bears). Those are the kind of dark, weird one-off creatures that made the Oz books memorable, long past any generic stumbling-about storylines.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The imagination of L. Frank Baum astonishes me. Just when you think he can't possibly come up with something new and unique, he did it again in this fourth book of Oz. Creative method of traveling back to Oz? Check. Interesting new people and dangers? Check. Lessons learned? Check. Then there's.. unusual things - such as walking on air, people made of vegetables, fruit that makes one invisible, miniature piglets and a whole slew of new characters to fall in love with (Eureka the Cat had me laughing). I think, however, one of my favorite parts of each of these books is quickly becoming the letter to his readers that Baum includes in the forward. His appreciation of the children, of their enthusiasm and his humble joy at the love for his characters make reading the book that much sweeter. Fun, fun addition to the books.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is not the original baum book where dorothy meets the wizard, but a followup with new adventures. I gave it high ratings because of the imaginative entities dorothy and those with her meet. i also like the talking kitten, hen, horse, and nine little piglets the qizard carried around in his pocket. the water boogle professor, wise with all book knowledge, was a trip. the kitten in her laconic nastiness poured into the mould of a cat's personality in my mind.These so=called "children's books" resurrect the delight of imagination in me at 67 years of age and i hope children never never ever become so "sophisticated" to not enjoy them.
bzedan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More violence, which frankly make the books better. If you're going for that Grimm thing, you should just let people get chopped up or the whole thing feels weird. There are some mean people in this one. Including weird-ass vegetable folk.
Runa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not the greatest of the Oz books. True, we get the return of the Wizard, but it lacks the excitement and intrigue of the other books. It's not until the gang reaches Emerald City that the book gets really exciting. I did like the idea behind the Kingdom of the Vegetables, but the way it came out, and the journey before it and after just fell really really flat. The new characters, Jim and Zeb, also added absolutely nothing to the plot that we didn't already . But still, it's L. Frank Baum, so I can't rate it all that badly. Not to mention, the reunion of the Wizard with the rest of Emerald City was just amazing to read, because after the Wizard of Oz, who would have thought we'd ever see that reunion, right? Awesome!
EmScape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another 'journey to Oz, meet strange people along the way' tale. Moderately interesting. Enjoyed the Wizard's reunion with Oz.
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I'm liking this book so far very good.
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No plot no nothing exept for when it goes like this bears blah blah blah pigs blah blah ablh
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This series is the best series I have ever read
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