The Magic of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

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When Kiki Aru discovers the magic word “PYRZQXGL” can transform him into anything he chooses (if you pronounce it correctly), he turns himself into a hawk and sets out for adventure. Former Nome King Ruggedo, an old enemy of Oz and Princess Ozma, joins him on his quest. Elsewhere, Dorothy, the Wizard of Oz, the Cowardly Lion, and the Hungry Tiger are searching the forest for the perfect birthday present for Ozma. Farther away, Trot, Cap’n Bill, and the Glass Cat visit a magic island, also in search of a gift for Ozma. The three groups come across each other in various misadventures from Munchkin Country to the Land of Ev to the Forest of Gugu. Heroes and villains alike are transformed into foxes, lambs, rabbits, geese, munchkins, magpies, hawks, honeybees, walnuts, hickory nuts, and even Li-Mon-Eags! Will they all return to their true forms? Will Ozma get her perfect birthday present? How do you pronounce “PYRZQXGL?” What is a Li-Mon-Eag? All the answers lie within…

The Magic of Oz: A Faithful Record of the Remarkable Adventures of Dorothy and Trot and the Wizard of Oz, Together with the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger and Cap’n Bill, in Their Successful Search for a Magical and Beautiful Birthday Present for Princess Ozma of Oz is the thirteenth and penultimate book in the original Land of Oz series and was published one month after Frank L. Baum’s death. Like most of the Oz books, it features illustrations by John R. Neill, which have been reproduced in this edition.

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