Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz HTML version
To My Readers
A Faithful Record of Their Amazing Adventures
in an Underground World; and How with the
Aid of Their Friends Zeb Hugson, Eureka
the Kitten, and Jim the Cab-Horse,
They Finally Reached the
by L. Frank Baum
"Royal Historian of Oz"
To My Readers
It's no use; no use at all. The children won't let me stop telling tales of the Land of Oz. I
know lots of other stories, and I hope to tell them, some time or another; but just now my
loving tyrants won't allow me. They cry: "Oz--Oz! more about Oz, Mr. Baum!" and what
can I do but obey their commands?
This is Our Book--mine and the children's. For they have flooded me with thousands of
suggestions in regard to it, and I have honestly tried to adopt as many of these
suggestions as could be fitted into one story.
After the wonderful success of "Ozma of Oz" it is evident that Dorothy has become a
firm fixture in these Oz stories. The little ones all love Dorothy, and as one of my small
friends aptly states: "It isn't a real Oz story without her." So here she is again, as sweet
and gentle and innocent as ever, I hope, and the heroine of another strange adventure.
There were many requests from my little correspondents for "more about the Wizard." It
seems the jolly old fellow made hosts of friends in the first Oz book, in spite of the fact
that he frankly acknowledged himself "a humbug." The children had heard how he
mounted into the sky in a balloon and they were all waiting for him to come down again.
So what could I do but tell "what happened to the Wizard afterward"? You will find him
in these pages, just the same humbug Wizard as before.
There was one thing the children demanded which I found it impossible to do in this
present book: they bade me introduce Toto, Dorothy's little black dog, who has many
friends among my readers. But you will see, when you begin to read the story, that Toto
was in Kansas while Dorothy was in California, and so she had to start on her adventure
without him. In this book Dorothy had to take her kitten with her instead of her dog; but
in the next Oz book, if I am permitted to write one, I intend to tell a good deal about
Toto's further history.
Princess Ozma, whom I love as much as my readers do, is again introduced in this story,
and so are several of our old friends of Oz. You will also become acquainted with Jim the
Cab-Horse, the Nine Tiny Piglets, and Eureka, the Kitten. I am sorry the kitten was not as