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"The Emerald City of Oz" is the fifth book of the series. Oz is in trouble. The evil Nome King is determined to recover the Magic Belt from Ozma, ruler of Oz. He plans to tunnel under the Deadly Desert that surrounds Oz, to emerge in the Emerald City and lay waste to it and the land around it.
Meanwhile, Dorothy has moved to Oz with her Uncle Henry and Auntie Em after life got hard in Kansas. They tour the land, having entertaining adventures, and return to the Emerald City just as the armies of the Nome King are beginning their final assault.
Gr 4 Up‘If only the superior production values of this audiobook were in service to a better story. The fine vocal characterizations by the actors and actresses really bring the characters to life. To children unaccustomed to read-aloud tapes, using several readers instead of only one will help listeners distinguish who is who. The entire text of the book is narrated, including "he said" and "she said," which allows the tape to be used as a read-along when paired with a copy of the book. Too bad this title is one of Baum's least compelling, even though there are several action scenes. The Emerald City of Oz begins at a snail's pace with the introduction of the villain, Nome King, who wants to destroy the Emerald City and retrieve his magic belt. The beginning also reintroduces Dorothy, Auntie Em, and Uncle Henry. We can look forward to other releases by Piglet Press if they are produced with such a fine cast of actors.-Penny Peck, San Leandro Public Library, CA