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The Astonishing Tale of the Gump of Oz
Price: $18.95 *S&H $6.00

The Astonishing Tale of the Gump of Oz

"This paperback edition has almost 90 pen and ink illustrations and has the same exciting fun tale as the hard cover edition but in a slightly less deluxe setup. Perfect for a fan who just wants to sit down and read a good Oz book.

The book tells the story of Matty Messina and his journey to Oz with Sweeps the Broom and their magical adventure as they search for the lost parts of the Gump of Oz. Meanwhile Ozma and Jack Pumpkinhead are solving an ancient Oz mystery with the aid of the Tin Woodsman and the Wooden Sawhorse.

All the magic and fun you expect from an Oz book as you solve two exciting mysteries, without the violence and heartache too often found in modern fantasy novels."

-Dennis Anfuso
Author & Illustrator

"In The Astonishing Tale of the Gump of Oz Dennis Anfuso has succeeded admirably in developing an Oz book that reminds me of the work of L. Frank Baum at about the time he wrote The Patchwork Girl of Oz. The new tale reflects a well-grounded knowledge of L. Frank Baum's marvelous land of Oz, and creates a link between America and that magical realm in a believable and satisfying way. Deftly contrasting the limited vision of Oz as reflected in the 1939 MGM movie version of The Wizard of Oz and the "real" Oz, Dennis transports us with our new protagonist, Matty Messina, to new adventures in Oz that help tie up a number of loose threads left behind in Baum's second treatise on Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904). We also encounter familiar and brand new characters that remind us that much remains to be explored in the country surrounded by the Deadly Desert. The balance between a twenty-first century visit to Oz and the rich originals written by Baum at the beginning of the twentieth century works extremely well. The book wil appeal to young and older readers, just as it should!"

-Peter E. Hanff
Past President
The International Wizard of Oz Club

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