The Magic of Oz Book Summary and Study Guide

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Ruggedo the (ex-) Nome King is at it again: He wants to incite the wild animals of Oz to rise up and overthrow Ozma and the other humans. This time he has a powerful if not terribly bright ally: Kiki Aru, the good-for-nothing son of a retired sorceror who possesses his father's most powerful weapon--the magic word "Pyrzqxgl," which when correctly pronounced enables the speaker to turn anything into anything else. During an encounter in the Gugu Forest, Kiki turns the Wizard of Oz into a fox, Dorothy into a sheep, the Cowardly Lion into a Munchkin boy, and the Hungry Tiger into a rabbit. Meanwhile, Cap'n Bill and Trot, who have followed the Glass Cat to the far northeast of the Munchkin Country in search of the Magic Flower that grows different blooms continuously (they intend to give it to Ozma for her upcoming birthday), find themselves stuck to the little island on which the flower sits! This 13th book in Baum's Oz series--inventive but not that compelling--was published several months after his death in 1919, but there was one more to come.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 60% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a CUTESY fantasy world Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Magically turned into another being

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   can talk to animals    -   can cast many different spells


Terrain    -   Water    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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