Title: The Lost King of Oz
Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson
Page Count/Review Word Count: 244
It’s been fun to crack on with the Oz series, and I feel like this was one of the better ones. There’s a lot to like about the Oz books, and even though Baum was dead by this point, I still think this is a great example of the series as a whole. And by this point, it doesn’t really matter if you’re reading them in order or not.
True, there are elements here that feel familiar, and they could well have been lifted from other books in the series. By this point, I’m so far in that I can’t remember, although I think Joel Swagman would be able to tell you. I’m technically reading these books as a buddy read with him, although we’re no longer in synch and so I have no idea where he is.
All in all, I thought The Lost King of Oz was a pretty good read, with some fun jokes along the way and some clever little plot points that almost stand out from the original Oz books because I don’t think Baum would have thought of them. I also didn’t spot a huge number of contradictions, although that doesn’t mean that they weren’t there. And besides, they’re pretty much a hallmark of the series by this point. Thanks, Baum.