- The Royal Book of Oz
infobox Book |
name = The Royal Book of Oz
Ruth Plumly Thompson
John R. Neill
language = English
The Oz books
genre = Children's novel
publisher = Reilly & Lee
release_date = 1921
media_type = Print (
isbn = NA
Glinda of Oz
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 Thompsonafter 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.
The Scarecrow is upset when Professor
Woggle-bugtells him that he has no family, so he goes to where Dorothy Galefound him to trace his 'roots'. Dorothy and the Cowardly Lionsearch 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.
* [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.
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