Monday, January 13, 2020

This Week's Oz Short Story

By 2010, the situation with Oziana had started righting itself, but it was still a little bit behind where it needed to be. To get back on track, the International Wizard of Oz Club put out a double-sided two-year flip-book 2009/2010 edition. As editor J. L. Bell states in his notes about the issue, one side was devoted to humor and parodies, the other to the challenges of governing Oz. It was up to the reader to decide which year was which! (Bell also adds that some stories could fit either theme.) Well, I decided to just start with the 2009 side (as I am trying to go in order), where the first story is "Toto Reveals" by Brianna Landon, with some really charming illustrations by Ben Wood. And it's pretty much a retelling of the events of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as seen from Toto's perspective. It's short, but fun. Let's just say Toto's not quite as concerned with getting home or the journey to get there as Dorothy was.

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