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.
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