|Plot Summary of The Magic of Oz|
Ruggedo the (ex-) Nome King is at it again: He wants to incite the wild animals of Oz to rise up and overthrow Ozma and the other humans. This time he has a powerful if not terribly bright ally: Kiki Aru, the good-for-nothing son of a retired sorceror who possesses his father's most powerful weapon--the magic word "Pyrzqxgl," which when correctly pronounced enables the speaker to turn anything into anything else. During an encounter in the Gugu Forest, Kiki turns the Wizard of Oz into a fox, Dorothy into a sheep, the Cowardly Lion into a Munchkin boy, and the Hungry Tiger into a rabbit. Meanwhile, Cap'n Bill and Trot, who have followed the Glass Cat to the far northeast of the Munchkin Country in search of the Magic Flower that grows different blooms continuously (they intend to give it to Ozma for her upcoming birthday), find themselves stuck to the little island on which the flower sits! This 13th book in Baum's Oz series--inventive but not that compelling--was published several months after his death in 1919, but there was one more to come.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Magic of Oz|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 60%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a CUTESY fantasy world
Kind of alteration:
- Magically turned into another being
- long lived adults
If magical mental powers:
- can talk to animals
- can cast many different spells
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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