The Royal Book of Oz


The Royal Book of Oz

infobox Book |
name = The Royal Book of Oz


image_caption =
author = Ruth Plumly Thompson
illustrator = John R. Neill
country = United States
language = English
series = The Oz books
genre = Children's novel
publisher = Reilly & Lee
release_date = 1921
media_type = Print (Hardcover)
pages =
isbn = NA
preceded_by = Glinda of Oz
followed_by = Kabumpo in Oz

"The Royal Book of Oz" (1921) is the fifteenth Oz book in the Famous Forty, and the first to be written by Ruth Plumly Thompson after L. Frank Baum's death. Although Baum was credited as the author, it was written entirely by Thompson. Subsequent editions, beginning in the 1980s, have been correctly attributed to Thompson.

Plot summary

The Scarecrow is upset when Professor Woggle-bug tells him that he has no family, so he goes to where Dorothy Gale found him to trace his 'roots'. Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion search for him, eventually meeting with a knight, Sir Hokus, the Doubtful Dromedary and the Comfortable Camel.

In this novel the Scarecrow discovers that, in a previous incarnation, he was human! To be precise, the Scarecrow was the King of the Silver Islands, a quasi-Chinese kingdom located underground beneath the Munchkin region of Oz. When Dorothy first discovered the Scarecrow (in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) he was hanging from a scarecrow-pole in a cornfield; it now develops that this pole descended deep underground to the Silver Islands, where it penetrated the king's grave.

After spending some time in his former kingdom among the Silver Islanders, the Scarecrow decides to return to Oz and continue his current existence. "The Royal Book of Oz" is a somewhat troubling installment in the Oz canon, as it acknowledges that an Oz character can die.

External links

* [http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20031220/bob8.asp "Bookish Math: Statistical tests are unraveling knotty literary mysteries"] , "Science News", Dec. 20, 2003; Vol. 164, No. 25/26 , p. 392.

oz books
before=Glinda of Oz
after=Kabumpo in Oz
title=The Royal Book of Oz
year=1921


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