this tale of magical intrigue, Ruggedo is once again up to
his old tricks, seeking revenge on Ozma and Dorothy and trying
to conquer the Emerald City. In his wanderings after being
deposed as the Nome King and deprived of all his magical powers,
he encounters a young Hyup boy, Kiki Aru, who has learned
how to cast transformation spells. Led by Ruggedo, they hatch
a wicked plot to enlist the animals of the Gugu Forest to
overpower the people of Oz and claim the throne for themselves.
in the Emerald City preparations are underway for Ozma's birthday.
In the search for new and unusual gifts, Trot and Cap't Bill
are led by the Glass Cat to the far north of the Munchkin
Country in search of the Magic Flower. They become trapped
on the island which houses the flower, surely to die if help
does not quickly arrive.
this is happening, Dorothy has determined to give Ozma a Surprise
Cake, so named because it is to be filled with twelve dancing
monkeys. This quest to find such an entertaining cake filling
turns into another great adventure in Oz. In this most enchanting
tale, they must deal with the Nome King and Kiki Aru, and
find a way to rescue Cap't Bill and Trot.
This is the first of two posthumously published Oz books.
L. Frank Baum died on May 6, 1919.
2. The full title was 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.