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Companimals

Animal companions are a recurring theme in the Oz books, starting with Dorothy’s dog Toto. Kids reading the books were likely used to pets, so it makes sense. Since animals talk in Oz, however, some animal characters are more equal … Continue reading

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Lovable and Not-So-Lovable Rogues

I’ve now read a few of the Best of the Baum Bugle volumes I just recently purchased, and there are some interesting articles in there, including some on the Nome King and L. Frank Baum’s other villains. I’ve already covered … Continue reading

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Foreign Relations in Fairyland

Since Oz is a country entirely surrounded by a desert that turns any living flesh that touches it into dust and sends up poisonous fumes, its foreign policy is largely at its own discretion. Jack Snow’s The Magical Mimics in … Continue reading

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Neill vs. Herring, Part 3: We’ve Got Thompson Covered

When writing my recent post on video game cover art, I remembered I was doing something similar with the Oz books six years ago, but never finished. I suppose it’s better late than never, so in hopes that you won’t … Continue reading

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In for a Pinny Penny

Ruth Plumly Thompson’s The Wishing Horse of Oz introduces the Kingdom of Skampavia, a desert country adjacent to Noland that’s ruled by King Skamperoo. At the beginning of the story, he imposes taxes of one-third of his subjects’ earnings, and … Continue reading

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A Bitty Bit of Information

In The Wishing Horse of Oz, we meet Bitty Bit, the Seer of Some Summit. I said a little bit (or should that be “a BITTY bit”?) about him here, but I think he deserves a little more attention. Physically, … Continue reading

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Wishing and Hoping

One common theme in fairy tales is an item or character who grants wishes. Honestly, I find this idea to be problematic, because they’re so ill-defined. Can a wishing item or creature grant ANY wish, or do they have limits? … Continue reading

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