Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

L. Frank BAUM (1856 - 1919)

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz was the fourth of 14 Oz books written by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919). Published in 1908, while Baum was resident in Coronado, California, it is considered one of the “darker” of the Oz tales. However, it also is enlivened by Baum’s considerable wit, penchant for puns, and dry social commentary. In this title, Dorothy, her kitten Eureka, Jim, a cab horse, and Zeb, a ranch hand, descend into the earth through a rift opened by an earthquake. There they encounter the “humbug” wizard who once ruled Oz. In their journey back to the earth’s surface, they meet a number of potentially dangerous magical peoples and creatures including the cold-blooded Mangaboos, invisible bears, the flying wooden Gargoyles, a den of dragonettes, and an eccentric inventor. With a little help from Ozma, the group end up in Oz where they are treated to feasts and celebrations. The animals end up humbled by a few of their experiences in Oz, where all animals can talk, and return home a little wiser. (Summary by Judy Bieber)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure

Language: English

Group: Oz books

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Ch. 1 - The Earthquake Judy Bieber
Play 02 Ch. 2 - The Glass City Judy Bieber
Play 03 Ch. 3 - The Arrival of the Wizard Judy Bieber
Play 04 Ch. 4 - The Vegetable Kingdom Judy Bieber
Play 05 Ch. 5 - Dorothy picks the Princess Judy Bieber
Play 06 Ch. 6 - The Mangaboos Prove Dangerous Judy Bieber
Play 07 Ch. 7 - Into the Black Pit and Out Again Judy Bieber
Play 08 Ch. 8 - The Valley of Voices Judy Bieber
Play 09 Ch. 9 - They Fight the Invisible Bears Judy Bieber
Play 10 Ch. 10 - The Braided Man Judy Bieber
Play 11 Ch. 11 - They Meet the Wooden Gargoyles Judy Bieber
Play 12 Ch. 12 - A Wonderful Escape Judy Bieber
Play 13 Ch. 13 - The Den of the Dragonettes Judy Bieber
Play 14 Ch. 14 - Ozma Uses the Magic Belt Judy Bieber
Play 15 Ch. 15 - Old Friends are Reunited Judy Bieber
Play 16 Ch. 16 - Jim the Cab Horse Judy Bieber
Play 17 Ch. 17 - The Nine Tiny Piglets Judy Bieber
Play 18 Ch. 18 - The Trial of Eureka Judy Bieber
Play 19 Ch. 19 - The Wizard Performs Another Trick Judy Bieber
Play 20 Ch. 20 - Zeb Returns to the Ranch Judy Bieber