The Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy is a 3 volume tale of magic and wonder that recalls the cherished values of friendship, loyalty and courage. This timeless tale of Oz reminds us of the value of overcoming our deepest fears and conquering the challenges that might otherwise defeat us.

Volume One; Magician of Oz, Volume Two; Shadow Demon of Oz and Volume Three; Family of Oz are now available for your reading enjoyment, as well as The Ozian Adventure of Pickleless & Blu.

The Emerald Slippers of Oz
, featuring an Introduction by Roger S. Baum; great grandson of L. Frank Baum, as well as Tails of Oz are also
available for your reading enjoyment.

The newest adventure in Oz, entitled: Nomes of Oz is now available and fast becoming a best-seller in the Land of Oz.

All are available in both paperback and Kindle.

Monday, April 15, 2013

#AtoZChallenge : Magic of Oz and Pyrzqxgl!

Monday has seen a most disturbing event in Boston, but I feel that to give in and forgo our regular routines is to give victory to those who would commit these cowardly acts. I refuse to do that, and so today's blog posting is brought to you by the letter M!

The Magic of Oz was L. Frank Baum's 13th book about the Land of Oz and was published on June 7th,  1919, a month and a day after his death.


I thought I would show the endpapers, which are very unique and once again show off the talents of John R. Neill, the illlustrator who would go on to become a Royal Historian of Oz, following Ruth Plumly Thompson's work as said Historian.



This story starts out on top pf Mount Munch, the highest mountian in Oz, which borders the Shifting Sands and is home to the Hyups, who live on top.

Turns out a young man of the Hyups named Kiki Aru has discovered a means of transforming people and objects, by speaking (and correctly pronouncing) the word Pyrzqxgl. I have no idea how to pronounce it, but if I did, you can bet I would use it on some people I know who are in need of a good transformation.

Once again, Scraps, the Patchwork Girl and favorite character of my friend, Dennis Anfuso, makes an appearance while Kiki starts transforming everyone in sight into various animals and such.


At some point, Kiki transforms himself and Ruggedo, the Gnome King, into two very strange creatures called: Li-Mon-Eags.


These two wind up spreading rumors of war and such among the animals of the forests and generally creating havoc.
The animals, actually transformed humans such as Dorothy, the Wizard of Oz, along with the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger get together to discuss the rumors of war, which Oz is generally not used to.


Finally, the Wogglebug shows up to add in his two cents worth and help save the day. Now that is one stylin' outfit and special hat!


And of course, a happy ending for all, even the Gnome King and Kiki Aru, both of whom are made to drink from the Forbidden Fountain and lose their memories.

This is perhaps my favorite Oz book and many of the elements here served as inspiration for Shadow Demon of Oz, including the Hyups and Mount Munch. It was also during the writing of Shadow Demon of Oz that our beloved granddaughter, Heavenlee was paralyzed in a car crash and I found myself writing her into the story as a means of healing my very deep emotional pain. It's amazing how much Oz can do to affect our lives in many positives ways.

James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz


2 comments:

  1. What an interesting look at Oz. You are so right, we must continue as usual, when we can, to show those who would commit such horrific acts, that as a people, we can not and will not be taken down.Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

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  2. I agree that we need to carry on as usual despite the circumstances.

    What delightful pictures. Interesting take on Oz.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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