Roger S. Baum

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Roger S. Baum
Born Roger Stanton Baum
1938 (age 77–78)
Occupation Author, banker, stockbroker, school teacher
Years active 1968-present
Notable work Dorothy of Oz, Lion Of Oz and the Badge of Courage
Relatives Frank Joslyn Baum (grandfather)
L. Frank Baum (great-grandfather)
Maud Gage Baum (great-grandmother)
Harry Neal Baum (granduncle)
Matilda Joslyn Gage (great-great-grandmother)

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 a great-grandson of L. Frank Baum,[1] 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's 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 was produced by Summertime Entertainment.[2] It was titled Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, and was released in 2014.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 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
  • The SillyOzbuls of Oz (1991), illus. Lisa Mertins
  • The SillyOzbul of Oz and Toto (1992), illus. Lisa Mertins
  • The SillyOzbul of Oz and the Magic Merry-Go-Round (1992), illus. Lisa Mertins
  • Lion of Oz and the Badge of Courage (1995, 2003), illus. Sean Coons
  • The Green Star of Oz: A Special Oz Story (2000), illus. Victoria Seitzinger
  • Toto in Candy Land of Oz (2000), illus. Ronit Berkovitz
  • The Wizard of Oz and the Magic Merry-Go-Round (2002), illus. Victoria Seitzinger
  • Toto of Oz and the Surprise Party (2004), illus. Victoria Seitzinger
  • The Oz Odyssey (2006), illus. Victoria Seitzinger
  • Candy Cane: An Oz Christmas Tale (2010), illus. Chad Thomas
  • Oz Odyssey II (2011), illus. Chad Thomas
  • The Oz Enigma (2013), illus. Kathy Hoyt

Baum currently lives in Springfield, Missouri.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biles, Jan (2013-09-21). "'Oz' creator's great-grandsons to attend OZtoberFest". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  2. ^ "Summertime Media". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 

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