Dorothy of Oz (book)

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Dorothy of Oz
Author Roger S. Baum
Country United States
Language English
Series The Oz Books
Genre Fantasy Children's novel
Publication date
1989
ISBN N/A
OCLC 19722581

Dorothy of Oz is a children's novel written by L. Frank Baum's grandson Roger S. Baum.[1] The book details Dorothy Gale returning to the Land of Oz when a Jester has been using the Wicked Witch of the West's wand (which also contained the ghost of the Wicked Witch of the West) to take over the Land of Oz. The book was adopted into a film called Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return in 2014 by Summertime Entertainment.

Plot summary[edit]

While Toto is barking at the chickens and Aunt Em and Uncle Henry are working on the farm, Dorothy Gale takes a peek out the window and sees a bright and beautiful rainbow. She notices that the rainbow is approaching her and Toto as both of them run. Dorothy starts to see Glinda the Good Witch who tells Dorothy that she must return to Oz so that she can save Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. Dorothy and Toto reclaim the silver shoes as they find a note from Glinda and Princess Ozma stating that the silver shoes can take her to the Land of Oz and back for the Impassable Desert has taken away much of their power. Dorothy then clicks her heels and quotes "Take me to Oz."

Dorothy and Toto arrive in the Land of Oz where the items that Dorothy has in her pocket are a small mirror, a safety pin, a glass bottle, and four of Aunt Em's home-made oatmeal cookies. Dorothy and Toto were wondering which direction should they take when they encounter a molasses-covered owl named Wiser. Wiser tells Dorothy that she is in Gillikin Country and tells her to head to Candy County and ask the Great Royal Marshmallow that rules over Candy Country. Upon climbing a large hill, Dorothy and Toto arrive in Candy County. While viewing the wonders of Candy County, Dorothy and Toto overlook a sign that reads "Do Not Pick the Lollipops" and end up busted by a candy apple that works as the Royal Sheriff of Candy Country. Dorothy and Toto are taken to the castle of the Great Royal Marshmallow. The Great Royal Marshmallow was not pleased with what the Royal Sheriff told him as Dorothy learns the Great Royal Marshmallow is depressed due to a stomachache. Dorothy convinces the Royal Sheriff to let her help the Great Royal Marshmallow get rid of his stomachache. Dorothy tells the Great Royal Marshmallow to stick to eating marshmallows for a while until his stomach is feeling better. When the Great Royal Marshmallow pardons Dorothy and Toto of their crime, Dorothy tells the Great Royal Marshmallow that she came to the Land of Oz upon being told by Glinda the Good Witch that the Land of Oz is in danger. The Great Royal Marshmallow helps Dorothy by having his subjects give her some supplies for her journey. The Great Royal Marshmallow has the Royal Sheriff escort Dorothy and Toto to the border as he tells Dorothy that Princess Gayelette can help her.

Arriving at Princess Gayelette's palace, Dorothy and Toto encounter the castle's Jester who welcomes them. The Jester tells them that Princess Gayelette and Prince Quelala have gone missing, adding that Princess Gayelette and Prince Quelala disappeared during a party at the palace which had become haunted and points them in the direction of the castle. When Dorothy and Toto enter the palace, they find a wand that belonged to the Wicked Witch of the West lying on the table. When Dorothy finds Princess Gaylette's bedroom, she ends up finding a China Princess that Dorothy previously encountered in the Dainty China Country. The China Princess tells Dorothy that the Jester captured her and brought her here. The China Princess also tells Dorothy that the Jester was the one responsible for making Princess Gayelette and everyone else in her kingdom disappear. When the Jester used the Wicked Witch of the West's wand it's evil took over him. When Dorothy and the China Princess return to the castle's great hall, they found that the Jester had turned Toto into a china doll. The Jester then makes Dorothy be his slave and shows her his china doll collection with Princess Gayelette, Prince Quelala, and their dinner guests as his latest additions. The Jester then takes Dorothy to his special china doll collection which contains the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion.

The next day, Dorothy came up with an idea to bring Glinda the Good Witch to the Jester under the condition that Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion assists her. The Jester agrees to Dorothy's deal, but Toto will remain with him. Dorothy then begins her journey with Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and the China Doll Princess. While traveling, Dorothy mentions that if Glinda confronts the Jester, she will grab the Wicked Witch of the West's wand from him during the confrontation. Dorothy and her group ran into Wiser again as Dorothy tells him of her next mission involving going to Quadling County to meet with Glinda. Wiser tells Dorothy to build a boat and drive it down the Munchkin River. Wiser tells Dorothy that the wood for the boat must come from the Talking Trees that grow along the banks of the Munchkin River.

After Wiser leaves, Dorothy and her group arrive at the banks of the Munchkin River. When Scarecrow borrowed Dorothy's red sash in order to tie it to a tree and sit near the river, he ends up surprised when a tree states that he should've asked permission to tie something to his trunk. This surprised the entire group as Dorothy guesses that the tree is one of the Talking Trees that grow on the banks of the Munchkin River. Dorothy introduces herself and her friends to the Talking Trees as one of the Talking Trees states that the Tin Man should stand back as they are afraid of woodsmen. Tin Man tells the Talking Trees about Wiser and how he told them that the wood from the Talking Trees must be used for making a boat that would take them down the Munchkin River. The Talking Trees agree to help Dorothy and the group as they tell Tin Man to cut some of their limbs and that they will have enough parts for a large boat that can talk. As the Tin Man cuts the limbs from the Talking Trees, the Cowardly Lion uses his great strength to haul the lumber to the edge of the Munchkin River. Dorothy and the China Princess design the boat with help from the Talking Trees. While the boat was made from the wood and straw from some nearby fields to make it waterproof, the vines were used to make the ropes that held them all together. The Tin Man even carved a foghorn out of a hollow log and used a vine for a cord. By the time the boat was completed, it resembled a tugboat and Dorothy had a special feeling that this boat would become well known and loved by the citizens of the Land of Oz. Under the suggestion of the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy used some water and wild red berries to make some paint for the tugboat's mouth. Once that was done, Dorothy names the tugboat Tugg who thanks everyone for building him. Tugg tells the Talking Trees that he will travel the Munchkin River and tell them of what he has seen. Dorothy and her group board Tugg and they travel downstream.

After some travel down the Munchkin River, Dorothy and her group have Tugg pull over on the banks of the river for the night. Scarecrow and Tin Man leave to take a look around this strange land. When night fell, Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, and China Princess have noticed that Scarecrow and Tin Man never came back. Dorothy and Cowardly Lion agreed to go look for them in the morning. When morning came, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion find a trail of Scarecrow's straw and collect it. Dorothy and Cowardly Lion soon find themselves in the maze as they encounter its Gamekeeper who tells them that Scarecrow and Tin Man are somewhere in his maze. The Gamekeeper then has Dorothy and Toto enter his maze where they must find them and the way out in 24 Hours where if they accomplish these goals, the maze and the Gamekeeper will vanish. If they fail, they will vanish forever. Dorothy and Cowardly Lion go through the maze and find more of the Scarecrow's straw leading them to Scarecrow and Tin Man. With Scarecrow and Tin Man's time almost up, Dorothy and Cowardly Lion lead them west while following the sounds of Tugg's foghorn. Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion then make it out of the maze and back to the Munchkin River as the maze and its Gamekeeper disappear. In its place is a beautiful flat land of purple flowers and a village of little people who are going about their business. A small man who resembled the Gamekeeper introduces himself as the Schoolmaster as he thanks them for giving them back their town of Purplefield. The Schoolmaster then tells Dorothy's group that Purplefield was under an evil spell of the Wicked Witch of the West until the spell was broken. Dorothy learned that the silver bell that resembled the one used by the Gamekeeper had an inscription on it that was dedicated to them by the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy and her group board Tugg and leave down the Munchkin River while saying goodbye to the inhabitants of Purplefield.

While traveling along the Munchkin River, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion are told by the China Princess that the sign they just passed says "Lake Orizon Ahead." Arriving in Munchkin Country. When Dorothy states that they might see the Yellow Brick Road, Tin Man mentions that some parts of the Munchkin River are uncharted. A fast part of the Munchkin River then pulls Tugg into a dark tunnel where they encounter a group of dragons whose sleep ended up disturbed by the commotion of Dorothy's group. One Baby Dragon tried to eat Tin Woodman only to spit him out when he doesn't taste good. Dorothy and Scarecrow tell the dragons that they know of a palace that they can live near which Tugg will guide them to after they are done visiting Glinda.

After emerging from the dark tunnel, Tugg continued down the Munchkin River until he arrived near the Munchkin Village as it starts to rain. Dorothy is reunited with Boq as she tells him that Toto is a prisoner of the Jester at Princess Gayelette's castle. Boq tells Dorothy that it has been raining for several months and that much of Munchkin County is underwater enough to put the Yellow Brick Road into a state of disrepair. Boq tells the group that the secret of the Yellow Brick Road involved the Wizard of Oz having the Good Witch of the North use magical ingredients to make it where it had the color of sunlight even when it rains for a short time. Following a break in the storm, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Boq headed to where Dorothy's house landed when she first arrived in the Land of Oz. While there, the group encounters the Queen of the Field Mice who mentioned that the constant rains have forced the Field Mice out of their burrows. Soon, the group encounters the spirit of the Wicked Witch of the East who tells Dorothy to go home before it was too late. The group then leaves where they headed to the Wicked Witch of the East's spike tree that guards the entrance to the Yellow Brick Road. The Tin Man then uses his axe to fight the spike tree until the rains were enough to make the Tin Man rusted. After whispering something to the Queen of the Field Mice, the Scarecrow then gets the spike tree's attention while the Queen of the Field Mice pushes a brick from the Yellow Brick Road into its place and it ends up breaking the spell and causing the rain to stop. The Munchkins and the Field Mice celebrate the spell being broken as Dorothy's group boards Tugg and heads down the Munchkin River once more.

The China Princess then has Tugg slow down for they are very close to the Dainty China Country. The Cowardly Lion then realizes that Tugg can't go to the Dainty China Country or Glinda's castle since he can't travel on land. Tugg tells Dorothy that she and her friends are going to have to continue from her as he heads back to the Talking Trees to tell them what he has seen on his journey. Dorothy states to Tugg that they will meet him again as soon as possible. Upon taking shelter in a cave, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and China Princess encounter a swarm of fireflies who will keep the cave lit while they stay for the night. At midnight, Dorothy and her group are visited by a transmission from Glinda and Princess Ozma where they had learned of their plight and that the Sawhorse will meet them at the gates of the Dainty China Country. The next morning, Dorothy and her group arrive at the Dainty China Country where they place the China Princess down. After thanking Dorothy for returning her to the Dainty China Country, she, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion meet up with Sawhorse.

The Sawhorse carries Dorothy's group on a red wagon rode like the wind. They arrive at the hill where the Hammer-Heads live. The Sawhorse moved fast enough to carry the wagon past the Hammer-Heads. Upon arrival at Glinda's castle, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion are escorted to the castle's reception hall where Glinda and Princess Ozma were waiting for them. Glinda and Princess Ozma then ask Dorothy about the Jester and the Wicked Witch of the West's wand. Princess Ozma states that the Jester is breaking the laws of Oz by using magic without her permission. Dorothy tells Princess Ozma about the Wicked Witch of the West's wand having corrupted the Jester as the China Princess had claimed. Glinda mentioned that the Great Book of Records (which records all the events in Oz) had foreseen that the Land of Oz was in trouble. Glinda states that the magics from the silver shoes and the Wicked Witch of the West's wand would become more powerful if they came close to each other. While Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion plan to use the talents they possessed, Princess Ozma tells Dorothy about their plan to stop the Jester and rescue Toto and those that had been turned into china dolls.

Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion return to the Dainty Chino Country to meet with the China Princess and tell her of Princess Ozma's plan. Dorothy has the China Princess assemble her craftsmen to make a life-size china doll of Glinda as well as Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion. Once the china doll duplicates were finished, they were loaded carefully onto the Sawhorse's red wagon to be taken to Princess Gayelette's palace.

The Sawhorse moved at a careful speed where he wouldn't damage the china doll decoys. On the outskirts of Princess Gayelette's palace, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion make some last minute preparations. Dorothy ends up encountering Wiser again who asked if she had found Glinda. Dorothy then asks Wiser to help the Cowardly Lion with a crate and get him into his life-size china doll. After the Cowardly Lion is in his china doll disguise, Wiser is told by Dorothy to find Tugg and tell him of their progress. When the Sawhorse pulled up in front of the gates of Gayelette's palace as she tells Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion that she will do everything she can to get the Wicked Witch of the West's wand away from him. Dorothy then meets up with the Jester who shows Dorothy his collection which is now on the outside. Dorothy takes the Jester to the red wagon where Dorothy has him open the crates where she claims that Glinda is in one of them claiming that Glinda turned herself, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion into china dolls. Dorothy then hears the voice of the Wicked Witch of the West's ghost who suspects a trick and orders the Jester to turn Dorothy into a china doll quickly. As the Wicked Witch of the West's ghost continues to warn the Jester of Dorothy's trick, the Cowardly Lion's tail came out of his disguise as the Jester prepares to attack. Dorothy reminds the Jester that jesters are supposed to make people happy causing the Jester to freeze in his tracks as the Wicked Witch of the West's ghost urges the Jester to turn Dorothy into a china doll. The Jester gives up the wand as the Wicked Witch of the West's ghost fades away. Thus, the spell is broken and everyone is returned to normal. Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Toto rejoice now that the spell is broken. When the Cowardly Lion asks Dorothy on what she plans to do with the Wicked Witch of the West's wand, Scarecrow and Tin Man plan to keep the wand locked up in a case until they can give it to Glinda and Princess Ozma. When Dorothy asks Princess Gayelette and Prince Quelala if the Jester can stay and jest for them again as a way to prove that he is sorry, Princess Gayelette accepts Dorothy's deals and has the Jester entertain them again. Princess Ozma arrived with Glinda and the Wizard of Oz telling Dorothy that they are proud of her and that the Great Book of Records stated that Dorothy would overcome the Wicked Witch's magic. Glinda plans to take the Wicked Witch of the West's wand and put it someplace where it won't cause any more trouble. The sound of a foghorn brings everyone to the edge of the Munchkin River as Tugg arrives with Wiser and the dragons stating that they have found a place near Princess Gayelette's palace for the dragons to live in. Dorothy knew that it was time for her to return to Kansas and says her goodbyes to Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Tugg, and Wiser. Dorothy then uses the power of the silver shoes to take her back to Kansas.

Dorothy returns to Kansas where they reunited with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. The three of them then see a rainbow in the twilight sky which Dorothy hasn't seen before. Dorothy knows that is must be Princess Ozma, Glinda, and the Wizard of Oz's way of saying goodbye to her. The rainbow shimmered over the prairie with all the bright and true colors of the Land of Oz.

Film adaptation[edit]

Summertime Entertainment (the family entertainment division of Alpine Pictures) has adapted the book into the film Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return which was released in 2014.[2] The film stars Lea Michele as Dorothy, Dan Aykroyd as Scarecrow, Kelsey Grammer as Tin Man, James Belushi as Cowardly Lion, Bernadette Peters as Glinda the Good Witch, Martin Short as the Jester, Hugh Dancy as Marshal Mallow (who is exclusive to the film), Megan Hilty as the China Princess, Patrick Stewart as Tugg, and Oliver Platt as Wiser the Owl.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zakarin, Jordan. "Heir of 'Oz': L. Frank Baum's Great-Grandson Weighs in on Disney's 3D Blockbuster, Reveals Family Secrets". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "All in the family: Another Baum takes on 'Oz'". AZ Central. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Mcnary, Dave (June 11, 2010). "Lea Michele heads to 'Oz'". Variety. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
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