|Plot Summary of The Emerald City of Oz|
|"Roquat the Red, the Nome King -- whom we first met in _Ozma of Oz_ -- is mad that Dorothy and Ozma took his magic belt. He decides to raise an army to conquer and enslave all of Oz, and retrieve the belt, and enlists as his allies the Whimsies (who have tiny, doorknob sized heads that they cover with fake, pasteboard ones), the Growleywogs (who are the strongest people of the world, and are determined to enslave the Nomes as well as the people of Oz), and worst of all, the Phanfasms (who by sorcery can change into almost anything but usually appear as hairy men with beast heads). Meanwhile, Dorothy has prevailed upon Ozma to bring Uncle Henry and Aunt Em to the Emerald City for permanent residence since the Kansas farm is about to be foreclosed by a bank. While the invading army tunnels under the deadly desert to Oz, Dorothy and old friends show the land off to her elderly relations, which enables the reader to meet the Cuttenclips (paper cutout dolls and their forever-childish maker), the Fuddles of Fuddlecumjig (people who shatter into pieces when other folks come near and have to be put back together), Utensia (inhabited by walking, talking flatware), and other odd communities. Although this plot is a bit better than several of its predecessors, Baum resorts to a rather cheap solution to the truly horrific threat he has conjured up. This, the sixth Oz book, dated 1910, proclaimed itself the last . . . but it turned out not to be."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|"In the continuation of the Oz series, Dorothy Gale finally brings Aunt Em and Uncle Henry to the Emerald City. The family was in trouble in Kansas, so Dorothy asks Ozma to let her live in Oz. Just as her family is having hard times in Kansas, so is the Emerald City. The evil and angry Nome King is plotting to conquer Oz, enslave its people, and take over the Emerald City."
Jessica Marler, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Emerald City of Oz|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 50%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
- part earth & part fantasy world
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena
- exploring a CUTESY fantasy world
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
- a kid
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- long-lived adults
Has magical powers?
- emotionally unstable
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
- mean, arrogant
- Very much smarter than other characters
- Domed/Underground City
- 20th century
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- big overbuilt futuristic city
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- mostly dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog