Title: The Runaway in Oz
Publisher: Books of Wonder, New York
Publication Date: 1995
Illustrator: Shanower, Eric
Book Condition: As new
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: 1st ed..
1st ptg. of the trade edition. 8vo, full navy cloth stamped in gilt. The first edition of Neill's last Oz book, left unedited at his death. Edited and illustrated by Eric Shanower. As new in fine, unclipped dj. Bookseller Inventory # 22459
Synopsis: When Scraps, the Patchwork Girl of Oz, gets into trouble with some of the Emerald City's citizens, she decides that she is unappreciated and runs away from home.
From School Library Journal:
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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