The Road to Oz is the fifth book in the Oz collection I am currently reading.
By now, I can really say that the power of Baum’s stories rests with the quirky characters and landscape sprinkled in each trip to Oz.
This time around, I got to meet the Shaggy man, Button Bright and Polychrome. Together with Dorothy and Toto, they made their way to Oz in another adventure filled journey. Along the way they meet King Dox of Foxville, King Kik-a-Bray, Musicker and Johnny Dooit. I got scared a bit by the Scoodlers but thankfully they were able to get out of the mess.
I loved how this book ended with a grand celebration of Princess Ozma’s birthday. More than reuniting Dorothy with friends, it expanded the possibilities for the Oz collection. Apparently, there are other fairy countries outside Oz and they know each other. Even Santa was invited in Ozma’s party!
Personally, my favorite scenes are those when Dorothy encounters her friends from previous trips to Oz… So much love and respect for each other.
Seeing this dynamic, I remember a line in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which says that “there are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other.” There may be no mountain trolls in these stories (yet?) but Dorothy and friends are definitely not short of adventures.
Currently reading: Ultimate collection of the Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (E-book)