The Oz Odyssey by Roger S, Baum, Illustrated by Victoria Seitzinger, The Overmountain Press, Johnson City, TN, 2006.
Welcome back to the Oz world. I like the Oz characters, and so I find this book entertaining. It is written from L. Frank Baum's great grandson. Dorothy wanders off the trail where she encounters the Wicked Witch of the West, who is not dead after all, but reduced to a miniature state. However her powers increase daily, and she hopes to take of the Emerald City. In fact, in this book we see all four of the witches, although we cannot be sure if the are real or not. We see the sister upon whom the house fell. Could she too be alive? I guess that is another book. In the end, Dorothy and Toto wander of the Yellow Brick Road taking a short cut. The Lion, the Tin Man and the Scare Crow come to her rescue.
They all get shrunk by the Wicked Witch, and told they can never go back. However Dorothy befriends a cloud person, Micur, who is held captive. They help her escape, and she helps them by raining on the Wicked Witch. Toto discovers how to restore their size, and all is happy in the end.
Like the L. Frank Baum books, this book has some clever adventures. We even meet Frank Baum in a great mansion. However nobody can match the original author's wit.
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