Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The latest Oz reading

I'm back on an Oz reading cycle (and since I'm on winter vacation right now, it may go quick), so here are two more Oz things I've just read:

  • Dunkiton Press #19 (2010). This is the annual anthology of little known writings and illustrations by Oz contributors, put together by Ruth Berman. This year's theme is "Valentine's Day I" (so I bet there will be a follow up next year), and includes the story "Bunny of Hippety-Hoppety Village" and the poems "The Perhappsy Chaps Send a Valentine", "The Teddy Bear's Song", and "The Perhappsy Chaps and Miss Pozy and Derry Dan" by Ruth Plumly Thompson, all from her pre-Oz time writing for the Philadelphia Public Ledger. The illustrations are by John R. Neill, all from February 1914 edition of The Ladies' Home Journal. If you are interested in the non-Oz work of Oz authors and haven't already discovered the Dunkiton series, I suggest you take a look. For what you get, they're very affordable.
  • The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum by Kathleen Krull. This is a short, picture-book biography of L. Frank Baum, charmingly illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. It's a nice summing up of Frank's life up until writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (and with quite a bit after that as well), and paints a positive picture of the man, as we would expect. The order of a few events are juggled a bit, but nothing serious. This is a nice little book, a perfect introduction to who L. Frank Baum was and how he came to write The Wizard of Oz.

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