Me — Yeah, this one was a bust for me. For this reason I would call Dorothy to be a little slow in the mental department, even considering her age. They arrive back at the Emerald City just in time for the final assault by the invading armies, and witness a surprise ending that can only happen in the Land of Oz. Toto and the Yellow Hen had become quite friendly by this time, although at first they did not get along well together. The Nome King is angry because Dorothy and Ozma had stolen his Magic Belt. Aunt Em and Uncle are in Oz, so that's different.
The entire group arrives at the Emerald City and, after dinner, talk with Ozma about the tunnel. It was a single arch of gray stone, and lying flat upon the bridge was a scarlet alligator, seemingly fast asleep. I think the best way will be to use the Magic Belt without warning them, and when they have arrived you can explain to them whatever they do not understand. They meet Billina, the yellow hen. Well it didn't work for the Kims of Korea, and it didn't work for Baum either.
Then he remembered that it was no fun being angry unless he had some one to frighten and make miserable, and he rushed to his big gong and made it clatter as loud as he could. Then he became seasick, and the rest of the way this naughty Nome was almost as miserable as he deserved to be. Kaliko appeared again, trembling and white with fear. There are other jewels used in the decorations inside the houses and palaces, such as rubies, diamonds, sapphires, amethysts and turquoises. I'm not gonna lie, this is has probably the most intriguing set up from all the sequels. It still remains at the forefront of American culture in many revisits in Hollywood let no one forget the horrific beauty that is Return To Oz and capitalizing on nostalgia as recently as six months ago I received a mailing from The Bradford Exchange that was selling original library-bound volumes signed by — get this — Baum's great-grandson. She was made a princess of that land several books ago, but waited for a while before realizing it might be a good idea to bring her only living relatives to the magic place.
There was a man who was not as evil as the other army general guys. When Guph stumbled over the rocks in approaching the bridge the creature opened its eyes, from which tiny flames shot in all directions, and after looking at the intruder very wickedly the scarlet alligator closed its eyelids again and lay still. Oz does not go out with a bang, but a yawn. Also the pinch of his claw is very annoying. And then there's Aunt Em. Each person was given freely by his neighbors whatever he required for his use, which is as much as any one may reasonably desire.
If that's some message about pacifism, the execution does not work in the slightest. Half my power is gone with that Belt! Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some light rubbing and wear. I also always appreciated the many entertaining puns Baum employed in depicting his various new characters. This gully was about a third of the way up the mountain, and it was filled to the brim with red-hot molten lava in which swam fire-serpents and poisonous salamanders. Then he remembered that it was no fun being angry unless he had some one to frighten and make miserable, and he rushed to his big gong and made it clatter as loud as he could. After relating all this, and telling of the tunnel the Nome King was building, he said he had come to ask the First and Foremost to join the Nomes, with his band of terrible warriors, and help them to defeat the Oz people.
Dorothy meets the King of Bunnybury and has lunch with him. Likewise there were jewelers who made ornaments for the person, which pleased and beautified the people, and these ornaments also were free to those who asked for them. Plotline 1: Dorothy finally realized it would be a good idea to bring her aunt and uncle to the Land of Oz. Kind of, because now I have to read them all and I g Aunt Em and Uncle are in Oz, so that's different. They spot his castle and plan to have lunch with him.
Baum meant this to be the last-ever Oz chronicle, and his weariness with the main characters and the whole Oz setup shows. And it's pretty much the only thing that keeps this book from a full five-star rating. I also thought it was about time Dorothy's aunt and uncle arrived in Oz, because through all their previous struggles it didn't make sense that they had so little while Oz had so much. Ozma is heralded in these books as such a great and endearing leader and she's completely worthless. Not that Ozma seemed to care much. Kind of, because now I have to read them all and I get a sense that they're all going to be like this.
No other inscribed first printing is known to have appeared at auction. It was fas I thought this was a really good Oz story, a little bit darker than previous affairs, but well balanced and well written. Baum wrote a whimsical set of tales, but they are torturously repetitive and would be easy to plug-and-play by replacing characters and moments with a computer to make an entirely new book. This resulted in more ear-pinching, and finally Dorothy told them that if they could not behave they must go back to the forest. This is, in fact, what she does at the end.