Review: Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz, by Sylvia Patience. Independent Book Publishers Association (BPA) Members Titles

This is an utterly charming book. It is apparently intended as Middle Grade Children’s Fiction. However, as a childhood reader of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz books, I found it a well-told tale that is eminently sensible, written as it is from the view of Dorothy’s tiny but valiant Toto.

We are given a view of Dorothy’s arrival on an orphan train and her adoption by kindly farm wife Em and her husband. Toto, a runt destined for a sad end, escapes his fate, draws Dorothy’s attention at the train station; Dorothy promptly makes Toto part of the adoption deal.

So many sensible things happen in this retelling. The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion all acquire proper names (Jack Straw, Nick Chopper, and Leo the Lion). Another needed addition to the journey of Dorothy and her friends was provision for them to EAT on their journey. I had never thought about it, but of course they all needed fuel to carry out their adventures. Also, this group is remarkably resourceful, and touching in their dedication for mutual cooperation and support. Like the Three Musketeers, it’s “all for one and one for all.” Wicked witches are dealt with, suffering victims are freed from dreadful slavery, and even the flying monkeys are redeemed. Glinda the Good comes through in a matter thoroughly befitting her name.

This is a wonderful book. I recommend it to all who like to read a good story, well told.  My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for making this lovely book available for me to read and review.

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