The Royal Book of Oz

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The Royal Book of Oz
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Cover of The Royal Book of Oz.
Author Ruth Plumly Thompson (mentions L. Frank Baum as author)
Illustrator John R. Neill
Country  United States
Language English
Series The Oz books
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Reilly & Lee
Publication date
1921
Media type Print (Hardcover)
ISBN NA
Preceded by Glinda of Oz
Followed by Kabumpo in Oz

The Royal Book of Oz (1921) is the fifteenth in the series of Oz books, and the first by Ruth Plumly Thompson, to be written after L. Frank Baum's death. Although Baum was credited as the author, it was written entirely by Thompson. Beginning in the 1980s, some editions have correctly credited Thompson,[1] although the cover of the 2001 edition by Dover Publications credits only Baum. The original introduction claimed that the book was based on notes by Baum, but this has been disproven. Baum's surviving notes, known as "An Oz Book" [2] are known from four typewritten pages found at his publisher's, but their authenticity as Baum's work has been disputed. Even if genuine, they bear no resemblance to Thompson's book.

Plot summary[edit]

The Scarecrow is upset when Professor Woggle-bug tells him that he has no family, so he goes back to the corn-field where Dorothy Gale found him to trace his "roots." Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion search for him, eventually meeting with a knight, Sir Hokus, the Doubtful Dromedary and the Comfortable Camel.

In this novel the Scarecrow discovers that, in a previous incarnation, he was human. To be precise, the Scarecrow was the King of the Silver Islands, a quasi-Chinese kingdom located underground beneath the Munchkin region of Oz. When Dorothy first discovered the Scarecrow (in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) he was hanging from a scarecrow-pole in a cornfield; it now develops that this pole descended deep underground to the Silver Islands, where it penetrated the king's grave.

After spending some time in his former kingdom among the Silver Islanders, the Scarecrow decides to return to Oz and continue his current existence. The Royal Book of Oz acknowledges that an Oz character can die.

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The Oz books
Previous book:
Glinda of Oz
The Royal Book of Oz
1921
Next book:
Kabumpo in Oz