Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Way Back Wednesday - Tik-Tok of Oz

Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Tik-Tok of Oz is the eighth Land of Oz book written by L. Frank Baum. Published on June 19, 1914, the book actually has little to do with Tik-Tok and is primarily the quest of the Shaggy Man (introduced in The Road to Oz) to rescue his brother, and his resulting conflict with the Nome King.

Queen Ann Soforth of Oogaboo, a small monarchy separated from the rest of Oz's Winkie Country, sets out to raise an army to conquer Oz. Betsy Bobbin, a girl who is a year older than Dorothy, and her loyal mule Hank are washed ashore during a storm. They all work together to rescue Tik-Tok from the well where the Nome King had tossed him.

This book also reunites us with the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger, and the Saw-Horse. New characters include Queen Ann, Tittiti-Hoochoo, Rose Princess Ozga (who is a cousin to Ozma) and Private Files.

Tick-Tok is also a character that shows up in the Disney movie Return to Oz.

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