The Road to Oz is the fifth book in L. Frank Baum's Oz book series.

Plot Summary

A Shaggy Man wanders past the Kansas farm where Dorothy Gale lives. He asks for directions, and while Dorothy is showing him the way, they meet a boy named Button-Bright and later encounter Polychrome, the Rainbow's daughter.

The travelers visit a city of foxes and one of donkeys. They meet the Musicker and the Scoodlers and eventually, with the help of Johnny Dooit, cross the Deadly Desert into the Land of Oz.

They journey to the Emerald City meeting many of Dorothy's old friends along the way. They arrive just in time for Princess Ozma's birthday party, to which many distinguished guests from the neighboring countries have been invited as well as King Dox and King Kik-a-bray.

Finally, Dorothy and Toto return to Kansas while the Shaggy Man is invited to stay in Oz.


Chapter List

  1. The Way to Butterfield
  2. Dorothy Meets Button-Bright
  3. A Queer Village
  4. King Dox
  5. The Rainbow's Daughter
  6. The City Of Beasts
  7. The Shaggy Man's Transformation
  8. The Musicker
  9. Facing the Scoodlers
  10. Escaping the Soup-Kettle
  11. Johnny Dooit Does It
  12. The Deadly Desert Crossed
  13. The Truth Pond
  14. Tik-Tok and Billina
  15. The Emperor's Tin Castle
  16. Visiting the Pumpkin-Field
  17. The Royal Chariot Arrives
  18. The Emerald City
  19. The Shaggy Man's Welcome
  20. Princess Ozma Of Oz
  21. Dorothy Receives the Guests
  22. Important Arrivals
  23. The Grand Banquet
  24. The Birthday Celebration

Design and illustration

The Road to Oz was the first Oz book to be published without color plate illustrations. Instead, the entire book was printed on pastel-colored paper — in sections of blue, green, beige, orange, gray, and lavender. (Later printings of the book dropped the colored paper for a standard white.) To compensate for the absence of color plates, Neill made his ink drawings unusually elaborate, with 21 full-page pictures.

Color plates returned with the next book in the series, The Emerald City of Oz, and remained standard until Captain Salt in Oz in 1936.

External links

L. Frank Baum's original Oz books
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Marvelous Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
The Road to Oz
The Emerald City of Oz
The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Tik-Tok of Oz
The Scarecrow of Oz
Rinkitink in Oz
The Lost Princess of Oz
The Tin Woodman of Oz
The Magic of Oz
Glinda of Oz