Sunday, September 17, 2017

This Week's Oz Short Story

Another one from the 1983 edition of Oziana: "The Fate of the Yoops, or The Yookoohoos of Oz" by Frederick E. Otto, illustrated by Rob Roy MacVeigh. Like a lot of Fred's stories, this is just a fun romp, but still dolds together really well. Mrs. Yoop decides to get some help in disenchanting herself from the form of a green monkey (as last seen in The Tin Woodman of Oz), and seeks it from the only other Yookoohoo in Oz, Reera the Red. Reera, however, still just wants to be left alone, so she sends the green monkey out to fetch Mr. Yoop, hoping that would be that. However, Mrs. Yoop ends up freeing her husband, so Reera has to resort to plan B to rid herself of both Yoops. Seeing the relationship between the Yoops and getting a little of their history is a big plus, and everyone in the end probably gets what they deserve.

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