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THE RUNAWAY IN OZ {Founded On and Continuing the Famous Oz Stories by L. Frank Baum}

John R. Neill; L. Frank Baum; Eric Shanower

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ISBN 10: 092960539X / ISBN 13: 9780929605395
Published by Books of Wonder, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Mint Hardcover
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his edition of THE RUNAWAY IN OZ is limited to copies 1-350 signed by the artist, and copies numbered I-XLV with his limitation beautifully leaf hand-colored and signed by the artist, Eric Shanower. This is copy number XXXIX. Written by John R. Neill, (from 1904-1943 the illustrator of the Oz books) the author of three of them previously, including THE WONDER CITY OF OZ, this fourth and final OZ tale by Neill was published after his death. Lavishly illustrated by the Eric Shanower, it has gold-stamped titles and characters to spine and front cover, decorative endpapers. and black-and-white drawings throughout the text. Mint first edition, first printing copy in black cloth boards, in as new (one tiny nick from lower bottom white edge)mylar-protected dust jacket. {BUND}. Bookseller Inventory # 021834

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Title: THE RUNAWAY IN OZ {Founded On and Continuing...

Publisher: Books of Wonder, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Mint

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Running away from Oz, Scraps, the patchwork girl, encounters the Wogglebug's castle in the air, Fanny the Weather Witch, and Popla, a power plant

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Grade 4-6?The manuscript for this pedestrian book is finally seeing the light of day after 52 years, thanks to the author's children and Shanower, who did the editing and illustrating. Scraps, described as an animated quilt, has her feelings hurt in Ozma's palace and runs away from Oz. She gets into one scrape after another with her friends Popla, Alexample, and the Twinkler. The Patchwork Girl's old friends set out to find her and return her to Oz, which they do, accompanied by her new friends. The wordplay in this book is reminiscent of Piers Anthony's "Xanth" novels (TOR), except that his works have much more depth. Neill's writing is even and simple. However, the characters have little or no personality (with the exception of Scraps, who is annoyingly rambunctious and wayward) and have a great deal of trouble hanging onto the very thin plot; thus, the story has no meat on its bones and more strongly resembles a rough draft than a finished book. Shanower, whose experience with comic books is apparent from his style, does a competent job of illustrating Scraps's adventures in black and white, but even that is not enough to make this story attractive to any but the most avid (and adult) readers.?Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
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