Magic is big in all of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, but in his 13th book in the series, the reader gets a bigger dose than usual of the enchantments of this extraordinary place.
Ozma's birthday is approaching, and her loyal and loving subjects in the Emerald City want to make sure the princess' special day is great. Dorothy, the Wizard and several others brainstorm what might be the perfect gift for their fair ruler. The Glass Cat tells of a beautiful magic plant it discovered in a far corner of Oz, a plant that continually blossoms different flowers. Trot and Cap'n Bill set off to retrieve the plant for the princess' birthday. The Wizard, meanwhile, has his own idea for a gift, and heads out with Dorothy to a different area to get his "supplies," black bag of magic in tow.
But this book has to have some bad guys, so enter the Munchkin boy Kiki Aru, who learns a magic word that can transform anyone or anything into whatever is wished. This new villain encounters an old one -- the evil Nome King Ruggedo of previous books. Together they concoct a plan to conquer the Land of Oz with the magic word (well, really, it's mostly Ruggedo's idea), and the requisite chaos ensues when they cross paths with the good guys from the Emerald City.
- Paperback: 265 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (30 January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486400190
- ISBN-13: 978-0486400198
- Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
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