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  • The Royal Book of Oz
  • Ruth Plumly Thompson
  • English
  • 16 August 2018

10 thoughts on “The Royal Book of Oz

  1. says:

    H.M Wogglebug, T.E had an idea of creating a genealogy tree for every significant Oz inhabitant Scarecrow realized that he does not have any family tree whatsoever which made him visit his farm of origin He ended up discovering he was a long lost emperor of a distant country Dorothy bothered by his long absence set off in search for her oldest Oz friend The book is credited to L Frank Baum but it does not take a genius to figure out he had very little, if any, input The writing style and personalities of recurring characters are completely different The changed personalities are not bad as they allow for some minor friction between regulars making their interactions interesting Now about the bad parts of the novel In case somebody have not noticed the latest trend in winning any argument is to call you opponent racist regardless of the argument s nature and opponents view on races Repeat the accusation until it sticks and you win For this exact reason I am very careful not to throw around the word racist needlessly This time I feel justified calling the novel laughably racist The Silver Island where Scarecrow became an Emperor is made after Ancient China written by a person who literally had no clue what she was writing about and using all kinds of stereotypes as an inspiration I was willing to accept even this keeping in mind the time the book was written until I stumbled upon the description of a dinner At this point I decided enough is enough and an accusation in racism is justified The plot failed to excite me Quite probably the reason for this was a contrast with Baum s writing The novel was not completely hopeless, so I am willing to give it two stars This is the last book of Oz available from Project Gutenberg and I feel this would be a very good time to stop reading the series.

  2. says:

    This is the first Oz book I have read since I was a child I wouldn t call myself a fan, but by the end I could see the appeal of these books It was so happy and optimistic with such simple and yet magical adventures And the Librivox narrator was simply amazing.

  3. says:

    I had recently re read all the original Oz books with my son, and finally decided that I wanted to see what the non Baum books were like My son, on the other hand he s 8 declared he only wanted to read the originals, so he declined The book is not particularly good, although there are some creative things in it In fact, that s the best part when Thompson stops creating new things and tries to write like Baum, it doesn t come across so well She always has the Patchwork Girl speak in rhyme, for example It reminds me of recent Winnie the Pooh shows on TV, where each character has a speaking attribute and all lines fall into that formula.Also, a large part of the story takes place in pseudo China It s actually called the Silver Island, and they specifically say that China is elsewhere, but it seems like a poor parody Granted, for what is essentially fan fiction that was published in 1921, it could have been a lot worse, but still, the book would have been better for me if the entire country had been made up instead of a bad stereotype.But there were some good things, like the sea serpents and Sir Hokus I liked him in particular, because he had been in Oz, in slumber, since the Middle Ages I thought that was the most creative part of the book, that Dorothy wasn t the first person to come there, not by centuries.Overall, though, a bit of a slog to get through It s not the Oz books, but it s an Oz book at least I may try the next in the series to see if they get any better as they go along, but if they re the same as this one I ll likely stick with the originals.

  4. says:

    There are a lot of things I liked in this book.I like Ruth Plumly Thompson s voice It is clearly inspired by but different from Baum s It actually reads a hair sophisticated, I think she doesn t use the word droll so often, for example.It s interesting that Baum left notes for this one and Thompson wrote it maybe that s why despite Thompson s voice it feels like a Baum storyline than a Thompson one if I m remembering her other books correctly and from the beginning of Kabumpo in Oz, which I ve started already.I like that there s a dual plotline going on the Scarecrow looking for his family tree and Dorothy and the Lion looking for the Scarecrow and getting lost a bunch in typical wander around Oz and discover droll people fashion.I like a lot of the people I like Sir Hokus and I like the Pokes I like the Fixes I like the A B Sea Serpent and Rattles I especially like the Comfortable Camel and the Doubtful Dromedary I like Wish Way.I really like the reference to You are old, Father William I like the part where the princess says, All men are Scarecrows This book was headed for four stars from me Unfortunately, I had to subtract three stars for EGREGIOUS RACISM.The Scarecrow falls down the beanpole that is his family tree, and lands on Silver Island, where he is hailed as containing the spirit of their old lost emperor Here is the first thing we read about the people of Silver Isle They looked exactly like the pictures of some Chinamen the Scarecrow had seen in one of Dorothy s picture books back in Oz, but instead of being yellow, their skin was a crious gray, and the hair of old and young alike was silver and worn in long, stiff queues Welcome home, immortal and illustrious Ancestor Welcome, ancient and serene Father cried the others, banging their heads hard on the floor so hard their queues flew in the air OH GOD.It only gets worse from there We hear about their rigid political strictures, their difficult to walk in kimonos, their ludicrous names Chew Chew, for example , and their food as the Silver Islanders at much the same fare as their Chinese cousins, you can imagine the poor Scarecrow s feelings The Scarecrow makes up his mind to call one of them by a mixed up version of his name because he thinks it suits him better.COME THE EFF ON.I don t know if this is coming from Baum or Thompson, given the collaborative nature of the book And I understand that it was published in 1921 And in fact, when it gets to actually describing the general characters of the Silver Islanders, they are or less like all the other people we ve met in the Oz books a mixture of stupid and clever, some loyal, some conniving, most cowardly It s clear that even Baum and Thompson know that underneath all their exotic traits Silver Islanders are human But I still can t handle it, and it s too bad, but I still can t give this book than one star Sorry.

  5. says:

    I was very reluctant to read the Ruth Plumly Thompson OZ books and it took me over 25 years to finally succumb to temptation I read the Baum 14 once every 3 5 years just to take a vacation back to my happy place and the idea that Baum died and HIS Oz ended has always left a sour taste in my mouth but I get it, people die I tried to ignore the rest of the canon until now There is the theory that Baum had written a majority of THE ROYAL BOOK OF OZ before his death after naming Thompson as his successor aka The Royal Historian of Oz I read the book desperately hoping to feel his touch on this, the 15th story set in Oz I did not feel Baum anywhere in this IF he had written some of this it was very raw and very sparse and Thompson came in and truly finished the work I say this because of one giant plot hole that I could not get past and I do not believe Baum would have made this error The entire book begins with the Wogglebug creating a Royal Genealogy of everyone who lives in Oz which triggers the Scarecrow to go off looking for his family The Scarecrow has no family Over the course of the first 14 books we are reminded at least three times of where the Scarecrow came from he was made by a Munchkin farmer and only became sentient when his eyes ears mouth were painted on he isn t descended from anyone but he goes in search of his family anyway If you ignore this continuity error the book is pretty cute The Scarecrow decides that his family tree is simply the pole that Dorothy rescued him from in Book 1 Oddly enough, when he returns to the spot and for some reason launches himself back onto the pole the earth opens up and he slides and slides and slides, down down down, into the earth beneath Oz This takes him to The Silver Island where he is informed that YES he has a family and YES he is the long lost Emperor They give Scarecrow the Magic Fan, he opens it, fans himself and goes sailing across the island It s a super fan, basically It scares him because he s so light, so he tucks it into his vest pocket to be forgotten about until the last chapter Then, he is introduced to his three sons the princes and his fifteen grandsons Oh yeah, everyone on The Silver Island is really pretty racist by today s standards More about that later PLOT B Dorothy and The Cowardly Lion leave The Emerald City to go have a casual visit with the Scarecrow thus realizing he s missing, thus embarking on a journey to find him Once on the road they encounter the first major new character a la Thompson Sir Hokus of Pokes, the Knight Errant He s the comedic relief, the Don Quixote, the dingbat in search of a dragon there are no dragons in Oz, everyone knows that Either way, this road trip introduces us to new towns in Oz We visit Fix City, where all the people don t move but the furniture, food, trees, etc fly around as ordered they believe it spares them from becoming tired and gives them longer lives They encounter a 40 foot Giant who s made completely out of candy and then somehow wind up on Wish Way, a road that leads through the Winkie Country Once there, they meet The Comfortable and The Doubtful Dromedaries these two claim to have come out of The Deadly Desert and also sling a good deal of gentle racism toward Middle Easterners they both lament the loss of their Karwan Bashi, they both have literally EVERYTHING the group needs in their saddlebags including figs, tents, pillows and a half dozen things no camel should ever have on it There s a comic misadventure as each of the group accidentally wishes for things and transform into a dozen different creatures Thank goodness Dorothy keeps her head and screams I wish we could all be with the Scarecrow again, and poof we enter Plot A.While all that is happening, in Plot A on The Silver Island which is somehow inside the earth and somehow also an island no beach is ever seen, no edges so idk After the really stereotypical Asian characters declare the Scarecrow their long lost Emperor which they call the Great Chew Chew named, Chang Wang Woe I m not kidding the people of The Silver Island declare his current incarnation, that of a Scarecrow, to be unpleasing to the eye so they prepare to restrain him and transform him with magic Magic which will prevent him from ever returning or remembering his life in Oz Thank goodness a little street urchin named Tappy Oko bonds with Scarecrow and attempts to sneak him out of The Silver Island but that backfires and they re both thrown into a dank, dark pit Oh, right Tappy s last name IS Pudding, btw Other Silver Islanders of note are Princess Orange Blossom and General Mugwump.Once Dorothy s wish dumps her troupe into the cell with Scarecrow and Tappy we sail toward another happy ending They decide the best way out is to climb the bean pole but The Cowardly Lion can t climb a pole and Sir Hokus is too heavy with all his armor so they decide on a different tactic just as the royal army of the islanders appear to coronate the Scarecrow and begin his transformation brainwashing ceremony A lot of weird, random stuff happens even Thompson writes that she s not even sure what s going on but basically Scarecrow gives the fan to Dorothy, who shoots high into the air and closes her parasol which no one knew she had and as she fell, Sir Hokus thinks she s a dragon and leaps to attack her knocking over a silver vase filled with magic elixir which changes the three princes and General Mugwump into pigs conveniently The group proclaims Tappy Oko the new Emperor of The Silver Island and they head back to Oz using the fan parasol combo.Attaching a rope for each member of the party, Dorothy fans them back up along the course of the bean pole until poof they pop out of the ground, in the cornfield in Munchkin country, back in Oz Bim Bam Boom they re back in the Emerald City and Ozma gives everyone sanctuary and happiness, as per usual The plot of this book was all over the place It seemed like someone had a pretty decent adventure, chopped it up and stitched it back together all crooked The entire time, I kept overlooking things that would have bothered me, had Baum done it But he d never have made a book like this So, I allow one pass for Thompson for diving into this world and trying to do the best she could It s fair Not great, not good, not terrible just fair and in no way deters me from continuing

  6. says:

    This book, in most forms, is credited to L Frank Baum, but The Royal Book of Oz was written by Thompson after Baum s death But even without having been told this, nothing could have been obvious than Baum s absence upon reading the book If the writing style alone hadn t been a dead giveaway, then the characters having gone through complete personality changes probably would have done the trick Ozma as cross Dorothy as annoyed The Wogglebug as rude and haughty Though there were hints of their former selves, these were not the characters that we d come to know and love, a change that was the biggest disappointment And this was not the smooth and enchanting writing style to which we had become accustomed, either Though Thompson does include some witty remarks and word play that will be enjoyable to older readers, some of her sentence formation especially around the speaking of characters is on the complex side for younger readers to follow This is a far cry from Baum who, though writing at the turn of the century and with a style that reflected it, was still accessible for the younger set And you might be tempted to wonder if the book would have been better were I treating it as its own thing, but first, she didn t write it as its own thing she even published it under Baum s name and second, her style is choppy even when held up entirely on its own This book was a huge disappointment.

  7. says:

    The Royal Book of Oz is disappointing, and it s probably lucky that I originally read Kabumpo in Oz first, as I m not sure I d have bothered with Thompson after Royal Book While looking for his ancestors, the Scarecrow slides down to Silver Island, where he s acclaimed as Emperor when Dorothy discovers that he s missing, she and the Cowardly Lion go looking for him Thompson does introduce several new and interesting characters Sir Hokus of Pokes, the Doubtful Dromedary, and the Comfortable Camel but I never felt as though she had a good handle on many of Baum s characters particularly Dorothy , although she does develop the Cowardly Lion than Baum had Unfortunately, her effort to introduce new places goes awry Silver Island, on the other side of the world from Oz, abounds with offensive racial stereotyping of Asian culture and customs Perhaps it s just a product of its time, but that doesn t make it any attractive to read.

  8. says:

    Es bueno, de hecho me gust la frescura que Ruth le trajo a la saga, aunque de pronto escribe algo precipitado, lo que lo hace un poco confuso, sent mucho m s fuerte esta historia y a los personajes, que el 80% de los libros de Baum Es posible que los libros que escribi esta mujer sean mucho mejores que los de Baum, pero habr que leerlos para saberlo Por lo pronto, aunque algo extra o, esta mujer comenz con el pie derecho.

  9. says:

    The Royal Book of Oz is the fifteenth book in the Oz series and is written by Ruth Plumly Thompson and inspired by L Frank Baum It centers on the Scarecrow who tries to find his family and where he came from and goes missing.The Scarecrow is upset when Professor Woggle bug tells him that he has no family, so he goes back to the corn field where Dorothy Gale found him to trace his roots When he fails to return, Dorothy Gale and the Cowardly Lion set out to search for him They meet an elderly knight, Sir Hokus of Pokes They also meet the Doubtful Dromedary and the Comfortable Camel Together, they have several curious adventures while searching for the Scarecrow.The Scarecrow discovers that, in a previous incarnation, he was human More specifically, he was the Emperor of the Silver Islands, a kingdom located deep underground beneath the Munchkin region of Oz, inhabited by people who resemble Chinamen When Dorothy first discovered the Scarecrow The Wonderful Wizard of Oz he was hanging from a beanpole in a cornfield and learns that it develops that this pole descends deep underground to the Silver Islands.The Emperor of the Silver Islands had been transformed into a crocus by an enemy magician this magical crocus had sprouted and grown into the beanpole all the way up to the surface of the earth When the farmer placed his scarecrow on the beanpole, the spirit of the transformed Emperor entered the Scarecrow s body, causing him to come to life.The Scarecrow digs at the base of the beanpole and slides down the beanpole to the Silver Islands The islanders hail him as the Emperor, returned to save his people After spending some time in his former kingdom ruling the quarrelsome Silver Islanders, the Scarecrow decides to return to Oz and continue his carefree existence there The islanders, however, are reluctant to let him go, and plot to change him back into his human form, an 85 year old man Dorothy and her party reach the Silver Islands, rescue the Scarecrow from the islanders, and accompany him back to the Emerald City The Royal Book of Oz is written somewhat well Thompson has created a wonderful extension to Baum s wonderful Land of Oz and I adore the narrative, but I wished it was executed much better This installment gives the back story to the Scarecrow, similar to the story of the Tin Woodman in The Tin Woodman of Oz, however the execution was slightly off Thompson replicated the voice of Baum rather well, but fails to replicate the heart behind the words and at the end of the novel I can t help to wonder what Baum would have written as the Scarecrow s background.All in all, The Royal Book of Oz is written somewhat well However, I have decided to end my trek into the Oz series for now as I intended to only read the Baum written books of the series, but read this book for sake of completeness from the anthology that I reading from.

  10. says:

    Wow I realize this was published in the 1920s, but dearie me, this was one of the most racist things I have read in a long time.To be fair, I loved the original Oz books when I was a little kid I actually checked this one out of the library because I needed a prop for a family appropriate self portrait I didn t even end up using this book in the photo, and I guess I should be grateful for that I finally just read it for the Hell of it I was not expecting to find an offensive parody characterization of Chinese culture in the form of this Silver Island To sum up, an explanation is finally provided for how the Scarecrow came to life Long time fans are probably aware that Jack Pumpkin Head and The Patchwork Girl of Oz were both brought to life with a special magical powder However, this was never shown for the Scarecrow Here, Ruth Plumly Thompson takes up L Frank Baum s mantle in writing for Oz, and she butchers it She characterizes the Scarecrow as a reincarnation of the Emperor of the Silver Island, which is allegedly populated by a cousin race to the Chinese The emperor s spirit went through the magic bean pole and animated the Scarecrow who was mounted upon it The Scarecrow finds his people and is made miserable by them He doesn t eat at all because, you know, he s a scarecrow , but he still managed to find time to express moral outrage that these people ate cats and roasted mice Lot of problems with that A Non American cultures do often eat non American foods, and a rational person should be capable of accepting cultural differences, or at the very least show enough manners that you don t openly mock people who are treating you as an honored guest while they eat dinner, and B I m really not sure that any particular Asian culture eats cats and mice, anyway.The Scarecrow expressed constant misery about learning that he was Asian He was contemptuous of his sons and grandsons and refused to regard any of them as people He hated these people s cultural practices in every possible way and kept finding them wanting compared to Oz customs He took a lowly servant as his new best friend, destroyed this kingdom s culture, and then appointed the little Asian kid as the new emperor in his place, despite the kid begging to go to Oz I guess because Asian kids aren t good enough to go to Oz proper, and spend time with all the nice little white girls The only point I liked, which may have been accidental, was the idea that your biological family isn t as important as the family that you choose If the Scarecrow were supposed to be an analogy for an adopted child, that part of the message is sweet Of course, if you view this as a story where a disfigured adopted child learned that he was a different race than he thought he was, and thereafter abandoned his ethnicity to spend time with white people, it s crazy offensive and harmful to any minority children who might read this.I do not recommend this book for children It is only useful for research into American attitudes on race relations over the course of the last century.

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About the Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson

An avid reader of Baum s books and a lifelong children s writer, Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her writing career in 1914 when she took a job with the Philadelphia Public Ledger she wrote a weekly children s column for the newspaper She had already published her first children s book, The Perhappsy Chaps, and her second, The Princess of Cozytown, was pending publicati