Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Way Back Wednesday - The Scarecrow of Oz

The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Scarecrow of Oz is the 9th book set in the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum. Published on July 16, 1915, it was Baum's personal favorite of the Oz books and tells of Cap'n Bill and Trot journeying to Oz and, with the help of the Scarecrow, overthrowing the cruel King Krewl of Jinxland.

Cap'n Bill - a sailor with a wooden peg-leg - and his friend - a little girl named Trot - set out from California on a calm day. The calm day suddenly turns dark and stormy and Cap'n Bill and Trot and washed overboard and are carried by mermaids to a cave where they meet an ostrich-like flying bird called an Ork.

The Scarecrow is at Glinda's palace in the Quadling Country and wants to help Cap'n Bill and Trot, so Glinda sends him to Jinxland with some of her magic to aid him.

Besides Cap'n Bill and Trot, we meet several other new characters: Button-Bright, Googly-Goo, King Krewl, and Bumpy Man. Dorothy, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion do not make appearances in this book.

(Inside book photos by Rare Antique Books)


C. B. James said...

I love coming by here on Wednesdays to read your comments and to see the terrific cover art on these books. Thanks.

Bobbi said...

Thanks, C.B.!!

Shellmo said...

I loved seeing the artwork in this OZ book!

Aspiring Writer said...

What a gorgeous blog. Will be popping in regularly to see what interesting comments and covers you post. I love those antique books. Keep them coming. And thanks for commenting on my blog and following. Have a lovely day.