John Dough and the Cherub

L. Frank Baum (1856 - 1919)

An evil Arabian sorcerer loans a golden flask full of the Great Elixir - a magic liquid that endows a person with pronounced health, strength, and longevity - to a colorblind baker's wife to stop it falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, the woman mixes up the Elixir with her rheumatism medicine, which, through even more misunderstanding, then ends up being used in batch of gingerbread. Out of this dough comes John Dough, a six-foot novelty gingerbread man who promptly comes to life and runs away, in an echo of an old nursery rhyme. Pursued by the evil sorcerer, who wants to eat him to gain the power of immortality, and children, who want to eat him because he's made of cake, John Dough and his sidekick the Cherub flee through a variety of strange fantasy lands and bizarre scenarios, including an encounter with "The King of Fairy Beavers," an animated Wooden Indian, a girl executioner who never gets to kill anybody and weeps over the fact, a two-legged talking horse that bullies its rider, and the youthful and tyrannical "Kinglet" of Phreex. Will John Dough escape those who want him eaten?

Though the novel (published in 1906) is not considered part of the Oz canon, its main characters make cameo appearances in The Road to Oz (1909). - Summary by Mary Kay, E. Toland and Wikipedia

Genre(s): Myths, Legends & Fairy Tales

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Great Elixir Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Play 02 The Two Flasks Rob Smith
Play 03 The Gingerbread Man Rob Smith
Play 04 John Dough Begins his Adventures Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
Play 05 Chick, the Cherub Leslie Howard
Play 06 The Freaks of Phreex Lynne T
Play 07 The Lady Executioner Rob Smith
Play 08 The Palace of Romance Rob Smith
Play 09 The Silver Pig Rob Smith
Play 10 Pittypat and the Mifkets Mark Nelson
Play 11 The Island Princess Diana Schmidt
Play 12 Para Bruin, the Rubber Bear Mark Nelson
Play 13 Black Ooboo Mark Nelson
Play 14 Under Land and Water Mark Nelson
Play 15 The Fairy Beavers Kalynda
Play 16 The Flight of the Flamingoes Mark Nelson
Play 17 Sport of Pirate Island Joseph Tabler
Play 18 Hiland and Loland Mark Nelson
Play 19 King Dough and his Court Rob Smith