The Scarecrow of Oz Book Summary and Study Guide

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Trot, a girl from California, and her friend Cap'n Bill, a retired seaman with a wooden left leg, are out boating when they are sucked down a whirlpool and carried up to a beach (probably by mermaids) inside a cavern. Soon an Ork turns up, which is a funny bird with a parrot head, chopping bowl wings, four legs, and a propellor tail. After much crawling through caves and some flying, the three come out on an island, manage to shrink and re-grow themselves, and land on the mountain of the Bumpy Man in the Land of Mo (where it rains lemonade and snows popcorn). They pull Button-Bright out of a popcorn snowbank (and the fifth book, The Road to Oz) and eventually arrive in Jinxland, part of the Quadling Country of Oz. Here, King Krewl summons a wicked witch with an eyepatch known as Blinkie, who transforms Cap'n Bill into a grasshopper with a wooden leg. Since his niece, Princess Gloria, has fallen in love with a gardener boy named Pon but the king wants her to marry an old courtier named Googly-Goo, Krewl has the witch freeze Gloria's heart so she cannot love anyone. Glinda sends the Scarecrow to help Trot, Bill, Button-Bright, and the Ork to set everything aright. Eventually Dorothy and Betsy Bobbin come out to greet the new mortal additions to Oz as well. This is the ninth full-length story in the Oz series (1915).
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

The Scarecrow yet again falls into center stage in this installment of the Land of Oz series. He's been captured by King Kruel, and two new characters are brought to Oz to rescue him. Not only must Trot and Cap'n Bill navigate Oz and save the Scarecrow, but they must also find Button Bright and bring everyone home safely.
The review of this Book prepared by Jessica Marler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a CUTESY fantasy world Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   long lived adults Really unusual traits?    -   Super genius    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   unfriendly aliens Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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