Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by John R. Neill.
Originally published by Reilly & Britton, 1908.
Books Of Wonder edition published by HarperCollins, 1990.

Our travels through the Baum fairylands continue with Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, the fourth book in the series.  Dorothy is in California when an earthquake hits, sending her carriage through a hole in the earth.  Dorothy, her kitten (Eureka), the boy driving the carriage (Zeb), and the old cab-horse (Jim) find themselves in a strange glass land, deep underground.  It's the Land of the Mangaboos, where the people are really heartless vegetables who grow on vines until they are ripe.  Soon after their arrival, a hot air balloon falls down toward the village.  It's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz himself!  And another adventure through the fairylands begins.

Let us now pause to admire the endpapers.  Drool.  I love beautiful endpapers...

Once again, we are reading the Books of Wonder facsimile edition.  These truly are the best editions currently available new.  Once again, John R. Neill is the illustrator, as he will remain for many years to come.  Neill painted this one in watercolors, one of only two Oz books he illustrated in this manner.

There are many charming bits in this book.  I'm especially fond of the Wizard's nine tiny piglets.  We're zipping through it at a pretty brisk pace, which makes me very happy.  As enjoyable as this one is, the next book in the series, The Road to Oz, is one of my very favorites.  We'll become reacquainted with Toto, and we'll meet The Shaggy Man, Button Bright, and Polychrome, the Rainbow's Daughter.  I'm so excited!



  1. Oooooooh it is such a close one as to which I love best...this one and the Road to Oz. This one is really special to me! I love the piggies!! Oh this is too beautiful. I know what I'm giving myself for Christmas!

    I used to dream endlessly about Polychrome's dress, I used to try and draw it. I saw it as every bit of the colors of the rainbow blending into one another...

    1. I love Polychrome. I can't wait for Little Sis to "meet" her. I have a feeling she'll be right up her alley...

      Until we meet Patch in book 7, of course.

  2. I have never seen this book before. It's so beautiful! I am in love with the illustrations! I need to make a trip to the library!

    1. This one is Book 4! Neill did all of the Oz illustrations, with the exception of The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz. Baum had a falling out with W.W. Denslow, the original illustrator, over money. I think that was a good thing. I love John R. Neill!


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