Because I worry. Please picture me, at home, worrying about which books you all are reading. Because that's what I'm doing. Worrying and having fits of anxiety that certain books are out there, not being read. Like Beatrix Potter. Because we take these books for granted, maybe, and just figure, oh meh. How good can the Oz books be? They can't be HARRY POTTER good!
And here's me, freaking out, and worrying, which isn't good for my health. So let's read these books, and I can end this blog post and we can all go along our merry way.
But then....we'll wait. Until she's older and can read the older, larger books on her own.
'Ozma of Oz'. Dorothy returns to Oz, makes friends with a talking chicken and a mechanical man named Tik-Tok and you can see her up there, plucking lunchboxes off a tree. In this story, she meets the true ruler of Oz, Princess Ozma, who was introduced in Oz book 2, 'The Land of Oz', which Julia ADORED. Dorothy and her friends battle the very feisty and scampy Nome King (yes it's spelled that way), who kind of reminds me of an Oz version of Yosemite Sam. (both in looks and attitude)
And let me shout again, NOT JUST FOR GIRLS. There is a kindly Pumpkinhead man, a talking wooden saw horse, a flying Gump, (still not sure what that is), the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Wizard (yep, he comes back!), and so many many many many more characters that are fun, FUNNY, and exciting to read about.
There are witches.
Wheelers. (creatures that scoot on wheels, kinda creepy dudes)
Princesses with interchangeable heads.
A Patchwork Girl.
I could go on and on and on, but there are soooooooooooo maaaaaaaaaaaaany fabulous and imaginative creatures within the Oz landscape.
Julia and Andrew are reading these together because Andrew never read the series when he was young (GASP). And they are having a grand, swell time, and have plowed through the first three books, 'The Wizard of Oz', 'The Land of Oz' and 'Ozma of Oz'.
People. Friends. FELLOW BOOK LOVERS. Please don't let your kiddo's childhood slip away without reading the Oz books. I seriously started hyperventilating earlier this year when I realized that Julia was turning 8 and still had not read the original 'Wizard of Oz'. I knew once she got started on it all, she'd be hooked.
And if you want to give these books as gifts....you gotta check out the new editions published by Books of Wonder. Incredible. Full color end papers. Beautiful hardbacks! I would slowly like to switch out my old and falling-apart paperbacks that I have for these. They are FABULOUS. (and you can also find some of them on Amazon.)
MY FAVORITE SERIES OF BOOKS FROM MY CHILDHOOD. Go. Start. Reading. Them! (P.S. here's a list of the books in order.)
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