Oz & Non-Oz IWOC Books

The International Wizard of Oz Club has a long history of publishing rare and original books related to Oz and its Royal Historians. You can order them below!

Oz Books published by the Club, the Del Rey Oz paperbacks and miscellaneous Oz books available here

Non-Oz books written by L. Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly Thompson, and IWOC publications about collecting the works of the Royal Historians are available here

 

 

Oz Books Published by The International Wizard of Oz Club

Yankee in Oz (Cloth)

Yankee in Oz (1972) – Written by Ruth Plumly Thompson and illustrated by Dick Martin. Maps by James E. Haff. When a hurricane brings Tompy, a drummer boy to Oz, he meets Yankee, a space dog. In the town of Wackajammy, they learn that they are destined to rescue the missing princess. They soon meet the denizens of Tidy Town, and an idyllic community of “Lanternese” people who have Chinese paper lanterns for heads. On Upandup Mountain, they encounter Jinnicky the Red Jinn, but also a malevolent giant called Badmannah the Terrible!

 

 

The Enchanted Island of Oz (1976) – Written by Ruth Plumly Thompson and illustrated by Dick Martin. This book is the last of Thompson’s 21 novels about the Land of Oz. It tells the story of David Perry, a boy from Pennsylvania who, while visiting a circus, wishes that a camel can talk. He is amazed when his wish is granted, and discovers that he possesses a magic wishing button! David nicknames the talking camel Humpty Bumpty, and together they embark on a whirlwind tour of strange lands, including Somewhere, Dwindlebury, and the flying island of Kapurta (the Enchanted Island of the title). They meet a host of strange characters, including the Water Lily, Queen Else of Somewhere, and a dragon named Dismocolese.

 

The Forbidden Fountain of Oz (1980) – Written by Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Lauren Lynn McGraw. Illustrated by Dick Martin. On Clover Day in the Emerald City, the Clover Festival is held. Emeralda decides to sell limeade. She enters the Palace Gardens and fills her pitcher with water from a fountain she finds at a fountain there, unaware that it’s the Forbidden Fountain! Her only customer if Ozma, who drinks and forgets who she and where she is! Ozma falls in with the Monarch of the Butterflies, who names her “Poppy,” a talking hedgebird, and a lamb named Lambert, who is ostracized from his Gillikin flock for his unnatural color.

 

The Ozmapolitan of Oz (1986) – Written and illustrated by Dick Martin. The only Oz book written by Martin tells the story of the Ozmapolitan newspaper (originally created as promotional material for the earlier Oz books). When newcomer Tim seeks to increase circulation, he travels into the Winkie Country with Dorothy, Eureka, and a Mifket printer’s devil named Jinx to find new stories and spread the word. Tim’s background is shrouded in mystery, however, and someone appears to be trying to sabotage the mission. After a series of wild encounters, the party finds itself in a series of caverns inhabited by water elementals and prehistoric people and creatures, where they run into the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman! The ending provides a twist, as the Ozian press take center stage.

 

The Wicked Witch of Oz (1993) – By Rachel Cosgrove Payes, illustrated by Eric Shanower. Originally written not long after The Hidden Valley of Ozbut rejected by Reilly & Lee, it was finally published in 1993 by the Club. It tells the story of Singra, the Wicked Witch of the South, who has awakened after a one-hundred-year nap. Discovering that Dorothy has killed her cousins, she seeks revenge on her, but accidentally enchants Trot instead! Meanwhile, Dorothy, aided by Percy, the giant rat, and Leon the Neon, a man formed entirely from lighted neon tubing, seek to thwart the evil Singra. A suspenseful Oz tale balanced with humor and Eric Shanower’s outstanding illustrations make this a book all Oz enthusiasts will want to read!

 

The Hidden Prince of Oz (2000) – By Gina Wickwar. Illustrated by Anna-Maria Cool. The winner of the Club’s Centennial contest, Wickwar’s 2000 story features old friends and new. When American orphan Emma Lou finds a magic beaded bracelet, she uses it to bring a cigar store Indian to life and transport them both to Silica, a kingdom in the Munchkin Country that is planning a glassworks dedication to which the Glass Cat has been invited. Princess Vitrea recognizes the beads as a gift for her long-missing fiancé, Prince Cyan of the Blue Mountain, and organizes a search party to find out what became of him. Her uncle Vitriol, however, wants the magic beads for himself. Meanwhile, the former sorcerer Zeebo has disappeared, and his pets, Penny the Teacup Poodle and Beak the Parrot, set out to find him, meeting a feathered boa named Ketzal and a leprechaun called Paddy O’Paint along the way. The Tin Woodman and the Wizard of Oz join to uncover the mystery of the missing prince.

Toto of Oz (2006) – By Gina Wickwar, illustrated by Anna-Maria Cool. Written before The Hidden Prince of Oz but not published until 2006. A princess and royal pup vanish into thin air! A Kentucky pony and a little boy are magically whisked off to Oz. And Toto’s growl? well, it’s as lost as when Ugu the Shoemaker stole it. When things start disappearing in Oz and America, you know there has to be some mighty bad magic behind it all.The disappearance of his bride has caused the King of Kiltoon to ban just about everything fun and gay in his cozy Gillikin kingdom. Alarmed this will stir up rebellion, the Royal Poet Sonny Burns determines to find something that will cheer him up. At the same time, a growl-less Toto sets out for the deep, dark Gillikin forests to find the beasts who stole his growl. Eventually he meets an aristocratic guinea pig, the poet Sonny, a plaid Hoot Owl, and the two visitors from Kentucky. Joining forces, the adventurers soon realize that some mysterious magic keeps thwarting their goal of returning to Kiltoon. And they begin to suspect that it is Toto, Dorothy’s very own royal dog, who is the cause of their misfortunes and the key to unraveling the secret of all these strange disappearances. An original publication of the International Wizard of Oz Club.

Other books published by the International Wizard of Oz Club

Bibliographia Baumiana (2017) This comprehensive bibliography of the non-Oz books by L. Frank Baum goes into exquisite detail about every known printing of every book submitted for publication during his lifetime, enough to satisfy the most particular researcher, collector, book seller, or book restorer. Introductory  material in each section provides biographical and historical context for each of Baum’s literary projects, and the bibliographical material is supplemented by 48 pages of color plates, an extensive set of appendices, and a full index.

 

Bibliographia Oziana (Revised Edition) (2002) One of the primary goals of the International Wizard of Oz Club upon its founding was to research and catalog the various different editions of the Oz books and try to figure out the publishing history of each book. “Bibliographia Oziana” was a regular column in the Club’s journal, The Baum Bugle, in the 1960s, and that initial research was expanded upon and published in 1976. But even then more was discovered, so a revised, expanded edition of Bibliographia Oziana came out in 1988. Not only are all forty books of the regular Oz series described, but also various other Oz writings of the Royal Historians, and even W. W. Denslow, Dick Martin, and Frank Joslyn Baum are represented. These descriptions are for anyone who is interested in the publication of the Oz books, including collectors and booksellers who want to know when their books were published.

 

Collected Short Stories of L. Frank Baum (2006) While best known for his fantasy novels, L. Frank Baum was also a prolific short story writer. He was published in magazines and newspapers of the day, as well as in his own anthologies, and this volume reprints seventy-five of those stories, many published in a book for the first time. These stories run the gamut of Baum’s career, from his first published fiction to his later years. Baum delved in many different types of stories, including realistic fiction, ghost stories, mysteries, science fiction, and (of course) fantasies for children, all of which are represented here.

 

Sissajig and Other Surprises (2002) This volume collects various stories and poems by Thompson, originally published between 1915 and 1962, mostly from her work for the Philadelphia Public Ledger, King Comics, and Jack and Jill Magazine. The first two stories, Adventures in Sissajig and Tommy and the Flying Slippers, are longer ones serialized in 1942 and 1943 that take a young boy from Philadelphia to the Kingdom of Sissajig, a fairyland where most things that are round here are square or rectangular. There is considerable overlap with her Oz work, including the inclusion of the character Bustabo from Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz, although he is much friendlier here. Other stories feature locations that would later be incorporated into Oz, like Pumperdink, Sun Top Mountain, and the Kingdom of Patch. There are traditional fairy tales, comic pieces, serial stories of the Perhappsy Chaps, and advertising bits. It ends with the script for A Day in Oz, a short play Thompson wrote to promote the Oz series.