Today's blog posting is brought to you by the letter S!
The Scarecrow of Oz was L. Frank Baum's 9th book about Oz and was published in 1915. Of course, John R. Neill remains as illustrator, so we'll take a look at his great artwork.
This story starts out back in America with Cap'n Bill and Trot;
Two locals who wind up in Mo, a small country near Oz, courtesy of a whirlpool in the ocean.
Once in Mo, they meet up with an Ork in a cave and find themselves shrunk down small enough to fit in a sunbonnet. Nobody wears sunbonnets anymore, do they?
At some point in the story, the Scarecrow winds up back on a pole, facing a bit of fire this time. Somehow, he just can't seem to catch a break, can he?
Of course, Button-Bright shows up and it's time for lunch!
Cap'n Bill manages somehow to book passage across the Deadly Dessert that surround Oz, courtesy of some birds that look very much like crows. Nice hats!
Hmmm? Looks like they have an audience watching from the grape arbor!
I wonder if that cricket's name is Jimminy? Are those poppies I see?
During the fun, Blinkie the Witch, leader of all the witches in Jinxland finds herself airborne.
Blinkie is one of the witches we write about in our new book, The Emerald Slippers of Oz, which premiers on the Summer Solstice.
Fortunately for the headless man of straw, Cap'n Bill comes to the rescue.
And of course, a happy ending ensues and the Scarecrow regains his head and hopefully is a bit wiser for the experience.
Once again, the endpapers provide a wonderful vision of Oz and all its unique characters.
Well, bust my buttons, I've come to the end of another look at John R. Neill's wonderful artwork about Oz!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison of Oz