Monday, September 15, 2008

The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum

If you subscribe to the Librivox podcast, you get random books downloaded to your ipod. I finally decided to try The Scarecrow of Oz since I enjoyed reading The Wizard of Oz back in the day.

I didn't realize this was the 9th book in the Oz series so it probably wasn't the best place to start however, this was a really great book! I forgot how whimsical and fantastic Baum's stories are and this brought it all back. Sometimes it's really a good thing to be 30+ and to read a story of your childhood :)

This is the story of Cap'n Bill and Trot, an old sailor and a little girl, who get sucked into a whirlpool and end up far from home. They come across an Ork who also got caught in the whirlpool and travels with them on their journey to Oz.

They end up traveling through the Land of Mo and meet the Bumpy Man, to Jinxland where they meet Princess Gloria and Pon, two lovers who aren't in the same class. The Scarecrow comes along, sent by Glinda, to help the travelers maneuver through Jinxland.

The voices on this recording were exceptional. Every character was portrayed by a different person and really gave this a great story feeling.
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