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Emily Dickinson: Selected Poems
Emily Dickinson, Helen McNeil
Les Misérables
Victor Hugo, Norman Denny
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Selected Poems
William Shakespeare
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fannie Flagg
Ozma of Oz - L. Frank Baum Ahh, so this is the book where we encounter many of the freakishly scary characters from the 80's film Return to Oz. I mean did anyone see that film? With the wheelers and the head swapping witch? Oh the horror and nightmares that caused in my childhood! Anyway, onto the book. It introduces a lot of new characters, such as Billina the hen and Tik-Tok the wind up mechanical man, whom accompany Dorothy on her journey. It also sees a return to the characters of the tin man, scarecrow and cowardly lion, although they have a lesser part to play in this adventure. Overall I enjoyed the book and found it quite endearing, again it's one that I would enjoy reading to younger children - although some parts may cause nightmares! Side note - there were aspects of the story and characters that really reminded me of The Hobbit. To such an extent that I wondered if Tolkien drew inspiration himself from these Oz books. Has anyone else thought the same thing? I mean there are some major similarities! hobbits/munchkins, the use of four lands/ farthings, each type of people having a specific colour assigned, lions drowsiness in the poppy field/ bomburs drowsiness in the stream of Mirkwood, good witch Glinda/ good wizard Gandalf and the similar adventure into the rock face and caves below the earth