the first Oz book written byRuth Plumly Thompson, who was
but 20 years old when she wrote it, taking over as Royal Historian
of Oz from the late L. Frank Baum.
this tale, Professor Wogglebug lets fall the weighty observation
that the Scarecrow has no background - no family tree. So
the Scarecrow, in an effort to prove the know-it-all bug wrong,
indignantly goes in search of his family tree in the blue
Munchkin corn field, where he had long ago been placed on
a pole to frighten away the crows.
pole turns out to be a magic bean pole (as do most things
in Oz!), and the Scarecrow falls down it - far below the surface
of Oz - down to the Silver Islands. Here, the Scarecrow discovers
that he is supposed to be the re-created (i.e., reincarnated)
Emperor Chang Wang Woe. Leaving is no longer an option as
the Silver Islanders plan on transforming him into the real
Chang Wang Woe.
the new characters introduced are Sir Hokus of Pokes (a knight
from England, also known as The
Yellow Knight of Oz), Comfortable Camel and Doubtful Dromedary.
an effort to guarantee sales, The Royal Book of Oz was originally
published under L. Frank Baum's name, supposedly based on notes
expanded on by Ms Thompson. This was just not so and later reprints