Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Baum continues to create a wonderful world that is fantastical in nature with this particular book. As we get further away from the book that was supposed to end it all (The Emerald City of Oz) we can see some of the joy returning to the writing of the series. He tells stories that entertain and he understands now that his audience wanted more of these stories. He seems to have a deeper respect for what he created with these books by this book than he has in the previous volume (The Patchwork Girl of Oz).

Tik-Tok of Oz is a very fun read! Most of the action takes place outside of OZ in the Nome Kingdom. Ruggedo is up to his old tricks and Baum introduces several new characters to the reader. Among them are Trot, Shaggy Man’s Brother, and Hank, the Mule.

There are several plots intertwining which I feel make the book much more pleasant to read and enjoy.

In this book he introduces Betsy Bobbins, who is another little girl like Dorothy from the US. This book sees her meeting some of the other characters from the previous books, but introducing a few other interesting characters along the way. Baum keeps the story simple and interesting while playing with his previous creations. A great part of this book is his reuse of his character of the Nome King. He is able to play on things he used in the other books and then build up something that makes total sense for everything that has come before. I really enjoy his world-building in this book. I am appreciating the writing aspects of his Oz series more than I am getting that “magical” feeling though for the series.

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