Road to Oz takes Dorothy and her friends on an adventure in
Oz to a grand party in honor of Ozma's birthday. It all starts
near her home on Uncle Henry's farm in Kansas when she tries
to help a shaggy stranger find the road he is seeking. On
the way they find a young boy, Button-Bright, and together
they get lost, only to find themselves in the fairylands of
again in the Land of Oz, Dorothy and her friends encounter
a number of new fantasy characters: some good, some bad, some
amusing, and all entertaining. They make their way eventually
to the Emerald City to participate in Ozma's Birthday Celebration.
In the end, Dorothy arrives safely back home, a little tired
from her adventures, but quite content.
Many of the characters that appear at Ozma's birthday party
(Queen Zixi of Ix, John Dough, Chick the Cherub, Bruin the
rubber bear, the Queen of Merryland, and of course, Santa
Claus) were all previously introduced in Baum's other "non-Oz"
stories, as he appeared to resign himself to unite all of
his fairylands as one, continuing and expanding the saga of
The full title was The Road to Oz: In Which Is Related
How Dorothy Gale of Kansas, The Shaggy Man, Button Bright,
and Polychrome the Rainbow's Daughter Met on an Enchanted
Road and Followed it All the Way to the Marvelous Land of