Sunday, February 07, 2016

This Week's Oz Short Story

Another example from American Fairy Tales, included in The Purple Dragon and Other Fantasies by L. Frank Baum, is "The Magic Bonbons", a light little bonbon (if you'll pardon the expression) of a tale in which Claribel Sudds commissions some magic bonbons that can turn her into a great performer, as she wants to go into showbiz. She leaves them behind while shopping, however, and thus they fall into the hands of a respectable Boston family. Needless to say, chaos and troubles ensue as the family members and their guests consume the bonbons. Not a lot actually happens, except a bunch of stuffed shirts are made to look foolish. At least Claribel learned her lesson, as she kept better track of her second batch and became a successful vaudevillian. As fun as it was, I can't help but think that there may have been some better choices for a story from American Fairy Tales.

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