Roger S. Baum
|Roger S. Baum|
|Born||Roger Stanton Baum
1938 (age 75–76)
|Occupation||Author, banker, stockbroker, school teacher|
|Notable work(s)||Dorothy of Oz, Lion Of Oz and the Badge of Courage|
Roger Stanton Baum (born 1938) is a former banker and stockbroker, and currently (as of 2005) a children's author, residing in Las Vegas. Baum publishes under the name Roger S. Baum. Baum is a former resident of Los Angeles. He also tours the country, reading from and signing his children's books. Baum is the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum, the original creator of the "Oz" series, and grandson of Frank Joslyn Baum, who published The Laughing Dragon of Oz in 1935. Many of Roger S. Baum's children's books are set in the same world.
Baum had written short stories and another children's book, entitled Long Ears and Tailspin, before being approached by the International Wizard of Oz Club in 1987 to write original "Oz" stories. The success of his "Oz" books allowed him to leave his banking job in 1990, and become a full-time children's author. Sometimes Baum's earlier material is reworked in his later books; Long Ears and Tailspin's "Candy Land" reappears in his 2000 Toto book, for example. His work does not follow the history in the canon Famous Forty Oz books, even disregarding information given in his great-grandfather's fourteen.
Baum book Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage was made into the movie, Lion of Oz, and a film adaptation of his book Dorothy of Oz is planned by Summertime Entertainment. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return is slated for a 2014 theatrical release.
- Long Ears and Tailspin in Candy Land: A Faraway Adventure (1968), illus. Mary Ann Farmer
- Dorothy of Oz (1989, 2012), illus. by Elizabeth Miles.
- The Rewolf of Oz (1990), illus. Charlotte Hart, ISBN 0-88138-152-7; (1998), illus. Jacque Klaus, ISBN 0-671-74982-X
- The SillyOZbul trilogy:
- Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage (1995, 2003), illust. Sean Coons, ISBN 0-9630101-4-X, ISBN 1-57072-255-2. This book formed the basis for the Sony animated movie Lion of Oz.
- The Green Star of Oz (2000), illus. Victoria Seitzinger, ISBN 1-57072-161-0
- Toto in Candy Land of Oz (2000), illus. Ronit Berkovitz, ISBN 1-57072-224-2
- The Wizard of Oz and the Magic Merry-Go-Round (2002), illus. Victoria Seitzinger, ISBN 1-57072-245-5
- Toto of Oz and the Surprise Party (2004), illus. Victoria Seitzinger, ISBN 1-57072-284-6
- The Oz Odyssey (2006), illus. Victoria Seitzinger, ISBN 1-57072-299-4
- Oz Odyssey II (2011), illus. Chad Thomas.
Baum currently lives in Springfield, Mo.