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The Emerald City of Oz (Oz Series Book 6) Kindle Edition
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I loved the way he has described Emerald City to be built through marbles and profusion of emeralds. There has been great effort in making sure that these stones are cut exclusively for the walls. But in the streets and upon the outside of the buildings only emeralds appear, from which circumstance the place is named the Emerald City of Oz.
I liked the chapters "how the Nome King Planned Revenge" and "How the Cuttenclips Lived" the most of all. This is really amazing to see Baum's level of creativity and Imaginative thinking. These are such varied concepts that he is able to pull together so smoothly. Hats off to him for that.
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The Emerald City of Oz is the sixth Oz book. There is a lot of delightful word play in this one making it extra fun to read. The ending indicates L. Frank Baum never intended to write another Oz book, but three years later he came out with the seventh book and ended up writing a total of 14, stopping for good only because he died. I highly recommend this book to adults and children alike!
In this story Uncle Henry and Aunt Em, finally come to Oz with Dorothy and they meet many new and interesting creatures, such as: the Cuttenclips, the Fuddles, the creatures of Utensia, Bunbury and Bunnybury, and the Flutterbudgets. However, the Nome King has become very angry at the loss of his Magic Belt, that Dorothy took from him when she, Ozma and her friends rescued the royal family of Ev, and decides, with the help of some fierce warriors (the Whimsies, the Growleywogs and the Phanfasms), to build a tunnel under the deadly dessert and invade and conquer the Land of Oz. Ozma knows that even though they are fairies they won't be able to defeat the invaders, and so decides not to fight, because she believes that no one has the right to destroy any living creatures, however evil they may be, or to hurt them or make them unhappy. So, they all must come up with a plan that will save them and the Land of Oz, without fighting. The Scarecrow, probably the wisest man in all of Oz, has an idea that involves the Magic Belt and the Forbidden Fountain, which could prove to not only save Oz, but could prevent all of the invaders from ever hurting anyone ever again.
I love these versions from For Your Knowledge. It is the only one that contains an introduction by Robert A. Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum (although not all copies have it). You get to learn about the author's life in a one and a half page introduction. You feel like you really get to know the author and are therefore able to appreciate his story that much more.
The story itself is pretty good. Although all of this series is clearly written for children, it's entertaining enough for adults to enjoy reading as well. But as an adult, I couldn't help but notice that many of the characters in all of these Oz stories, including the central characters, are often conceited, arrogant, and rude, yet at the same time, quite polite about it.
Along with those we already know and love, new peoples of Oz and of Ev are introduced. Whether they be evil or good, they’re all fascinating and fun to read about. Originally this was to be the end of the Oz series, but Baum added more stories down the line.
If anybody who loves the Oz series has ever wondered about Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, this is the book to read. For those young or even simply young at heart, this is a delightful read.
The normal Oz elements are there, as well as some evident growth in Baum's writing style. Other reviews note the first-time dual narrative, but Baum's style has grown in other ways as well. His homespun do-good philosophy remains but is now accompanied in some sections by puns that would make Piers Anthony blush. My personal preference among all chapters is the short trip to Utensia for this very reason. A very amusing chapter, completely lost on my son but entertaining to me.
One slight oddity is the political structure that is becoming increasingly clear in book after book: Oz is a Utopian Monarchy. Everyone does as they wish because everything is owned by a single person who gives completely free reign to everyone. I can see how this would be appealing to the kiddos (no need to work or go to school!), and I can accept the appeal as long as I get to be the king in my house!
This is an enjoyable read aloud to young children. Recommended.