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Book Title: Handy Mandy in Oz|
The author of the book: Ruth Plumly Thompson
ISBN 13: 9780929605494
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.29 MB
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Reader ratings: 4.5
Edition: Wonder Publishing
Date of issue: June 28th 1996
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Probably more of a 3.5 than strict 3. Handy Mandy brings then and fantasy back that I feel was somewhat lacking in the previous book (Captain Salt in Oz). Thompson sticks to the formula she works well with in her Oz books: there is some sort of quest to save a kingdom or royal person. This time she brings in Mandy the seven armed goat herder from Mount Mern, who has been brought to Oz quite suddenly by a powerful erruption. Once there she encounters the Royal Ox of Kereteria who has been puzzling over a mystery for the past two years regarding the location of the young King Kerry who vanished one day while hunting. The two soon embark on a journey to find the young ruler and are eventually entangled in a would be conquerer's plot to overtake all of Oz. While fun, I do wish more of Wutz's plot had been fleshed out and that some of his other stolen prizes were revealed. All in all a fun and fast paced read that fits the Oz mythos well.
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Read information about the authorAn avid reader of Baum's books and a lifelong children's writer, Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her writing career in 1914 when she took a job with the Philadelphia Public Ledger; she wrote a weekly children's column for the newspaper. She had already published her first children's book, The Perhappsy Chaps, and her second, The Princess of Cozytown, was pending publication when William Lee, vice president of Baum's publisher Reilly & Lee, solicited Thompson to continue the Oz series. (Rumors among fans that Thompson was Baum's niece were untrue.) Between 1921 and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year. (Thompson was the primary supporter of her widowed mother and invalid sister, so that the annual income from the Oz books was important for her financial circumstances.)
Thompson's contributions to the Oz series are lively and imaginative, featuring a wide range of colorful and unusual characters. However, one particular theme repeats over and over throughout her novels, with little variation. Typically in each of Thompson's Oz novels, a child (usually from America) and a supernatural companion (usually a talking animal), while traveling through Oz or one of the neighboring regions, find themselves in an obscure community where the inhabitants engage in a single activity. The inhabitants of this community then capture the travelers, and force them to participate in this same activity.
Another major theme has elderly characters, most controversially, the Good Witch of the North, being restored to "marriageable" age, possibly because Thompson herself never married. She had a greater tendency toward the use of romantic love stories (which Baum usually avoided in his fairy tales, with about 4 exceptions). While Baum's child protagonists tended to be little girls, Thompson's were boys. She emphasized humor to a greater extent than Baum did, and always considered her work for children, whereas Baum, while first and foremost considering his child audience, knew that his readership comprised all ages.
Thompson's last Oz story, The Enchanted Island of Oz(1976), was not originally written as an Oz book.
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