Category Archives: Melody Grandy

Insect Aside

L. Frank Baum is never entirely clear on whether ALL animals in Oz can talk, or whether animals eat each other there. For instance, are insects there sentient? Well, the Wogglebug is, but that’s after he’s been Highly Magnified and … Continue reading

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Sizing Up and Down

Characters changing in size is a pretty frequent occurrence in the Oz books. It’s sort of a transformation, but not entirely, as someone exposed to such magic keeps the same shape. At least, that seems to be the case for … Continue reading

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Books Within Books

One of Robert Pattrick’s essays in Unexplored Territory in Oz, “Books in Oz,” discusses just what it sounds like. It’s interesting to examine what books characters IN books read. Since fantasy adventure stories often don’t have a lot of down … Continue reading

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Mountains of Mystery

Even though John Dough and the Cherub clearly indicates that Hiland and Loland are on an island, called Hi-Lo by some and Lo-Hi by others, the map in the Tik-Tok of Oz endpapers shows them as part of the mainland, … Continue reading

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Mangaboos and More

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz isn’t one of my favorite Oz books, perhaps because the Emerald City seems less welcoming than usual. And after a journey as dark as the one in the rest of the book, where the … Continue reading

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A Child’s Garden of Curses

While children’s media obviously tend not to contain many actual curse words, characters in them do often use milder swears. Sometimes they’re as simple as minced oaths like “darn” and “heck,” but other writers get much more creative. I’m sure … Continue reading

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How Is Education Supposed to Make Me Feel Smarter?

As I’ve said before, the Oz books don’t say a whole lot on education in the fairyland. When the Wogglebug, who becomes educated by listening to the lectures at a country schoolhouse, is given the post of Public Educator by … Continue reading

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