Sunday, July 01, 2018

This Week's Oz Short Story

The second story in the 1994 edition of Oziana is "Nine Tiny Piglets" by Kimberly Doyle, with illustrations by Maria Brown. This is a short little tail that elaborates and brings together the two origins of the Nine Tiny Piglets, first encountered in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. It tursn out, they are indeed the children of Professor Grunter Swyne and his wife, Squealina. It also turns out that they all lived on the island of Teenty Weent, which isn't too far from Lilliput. After the piglets settled in Oz, they convinced he Wizard to bring their parents there, too, and Prof. and Mrs. Swyne now have a lovely little retirement farm in the Munchkin Country. See? All neatly explained!

Since that was so short, I will also use this entry to look at the rest of this issue of Oziana. The cover is a gallery of portraits of several Oz characers, rendered by Allison McBain. There is also a quiz that, if you answer correctly, reveals a magic spell from the books. Pretty clever, but I cottoned on to it pretty quick.

Next week, the final story for 1994!

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