Deciding what to blog about is always difficult when there are so many directions to take.
Since today is Thursday, today's blog posting is brought to you by the letter D.
When L. Frank Baum wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, it was very well recieved, though Mr. Baum had not yet realized just how popular it would become. As such, he then tried his hand at another set of fairy tales with his next book, Dot and Tot in Merryland, which was published in 1901.
It was illustrated by W.W. Denslow, who had also illustrated The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The Oz Wiki describes Dot and Tot in Merryland as follows:
"Dot Freeland and Tot Thompson float away in a boat while on a picnic and find themselves entering Merryland. They travel through each of the seven valleys of the fairyland and have many strange experiences before leaving the country and returning home."
I own a 1st edition of this fine book and the illustrations are very nice and very similar to those of Baum's 1st book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Owing to the fragile nature of my copy, I have chosen from images from Google rather than try to scan my own book images. One thing you'll notice is W.W. Denslow's signature, which includes a Seahorse. Very nice!!!
Here, we see Dot and Tot as they make their towards Merryland.
Once there, they run into an fine adventure with some clowns. Again with the clowns!
And before they return to our world, they discover how babies are brought into the world.
Of course, the children of America would not let Mr. Baum off the hook and he soon found himself writing many more Oz books. He did try his hand at some other children's fantasy books, a few of which I may blog about during the month.
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz