Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Latest Oz Short Story

Yet again, I have delved into I Should Have Stayed in Oz for our little tale this week, and this is a fun one, because Toto is the narrator of "It's a Dog's Life" by Melyssa Childs-Wiley. First off, best part is, this is clearly based on the book. There are no backhanded references to The Movie or any modern-day anachronisms. A close second best part is that Toto tells a good yarn. As he tells it, Dorothy isn't really the heroine of The Wizard of Oz, he is! Well, if he is telling the whole truth, he may have a point. I was particularly amused by two of Toto's claims: One, that there was no point to the green glasses in the Emerald City, since dog's are color blind anyway. And two, he didn't talk because he didn't know how, but while waiting for Dorothy and the Wizard to make the balloon in the Emerald City, he took lessons from the hounds in the Emerald City stables and was almost ready to talk to Dorothy when they left. That is a good explanation for why he didn't say anything until Tik-Tok of Oz, actually.

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