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  • Ozma of Oz: A Record of Her Adventures with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, Billina the Yellow Hen, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, Tik-Tok, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger; Besides Other Good People Too Numerous to Mention Faithfully Recorded Herein published on July 30, 1907, was the third book of L. Frank Baum's Oz series.
Ozma of Oz
AuthorL. Frank Baum
IllustratorJohn R. Neill
CountryUnited States
SeriesThe Oz books
GenreChildren's novel
PublisherReilly & Britton
Publication date
July 30, 1907
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Preceded byThe Marvelous Land of Oz
Followed byDorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Ozma of Oz: A Record of Her Adventures with Dorothy Gale of Kansas, Billina the Yellow Hen, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, Tik-Tok, the Cowardly Lion and the Hungry Tiger; Besides Other Good People Too Numerous to Mention Faithfully Recorded Herein, published on July 30, 1907, was the official third book of L. Frank Baum's Oz series. It was the first in which Baum was clearly intending a series of Oz books.[1]

It is the first Oz book where the majority of the action takes place outside of the Land of Oz. Only the final two chapters take place in Oz itself.[2] This reflects a subtle change in theme: in the first book, Oz is the dangerous land through which Dorothy must win her way back to Kansas; in the third, Oz is the end and aim of the book.[3] Dorothy's desire to return home is not as desperate as in the first book, and it is her uncle's need for her rather than hers for him that makes her return.[1]

The book was illustrated throughout in color by artist John R. Neill. It bore the following dedication: 'To all the boys and girls who read my stories – and especially to the Dorothys – this book is lovingly dedicated.'

Plot summary[edit]

Uncle Henry has been ordered by his doctor to take a vacation from the stress and labor of having to replace the Kansas farmhouse due to the first one being swept away in a cyclone. He is accompanied by his adolescent niece, Dorothy Gale (this is the first of the Oz books in which the reader learns her last name), while aboard a small steamship headed to Australia while Aunt Em and Dorothy's pet dog Toto, stay behind to look after the newly built farmhouse. While traveling on the sea, a terrible storm suddenly hits, bringing rain and lightning, tossing the little ship violently over the waves. Henry and Dorothy are separated when she is accidentally thrown overboard and cast away into the water along with Billina, a yellow hen that was also on board. The two take refuge in a wooden chicken-coop floating nearby.


The next morning Dorothy and Billina wash ashore to an unknown region. Once on dry land, Billina scrates around the beach to find food. Her beak strikes metal, finding a key. Dorothy holds onto it, reasoning that all keys must open something. In Dorothy's search for food, they come across a message inscribed in the sand: 'BEWARE THE WHEELERS'! Dorothy soon comes across two trees, one bearing lunch-boxes and one bearing dinner pails. Dorothy picks something to eat from a lunch-box tree. She guesses that they are in a 'fairy country' because lunch boxes do not grow on trees in ordinary countries, and only in a fairy country would an animal like Billina be able to talk. However, Dorothy knows they are not in the Land of Oz because that country has no coastline. After the meal, they meet these gaudily dressed, loud-yelling baddies who have wheels instead of hands and feet, and roll around on all fours. Dorothy and Billina climb a small rocky mountain to escape them and find a door carved into its side. Having found the key on the beach, they open it and find Tik-Tok, a round copper mechanical man whom they activate by winding up all three of his clockwork motors (one each for thinking, motion and speech) with the key like a wind-up toy.

Tik-Tok informs Dorothy and Billina that they are in the Land of Ev, which has recently lost its royal family due to the King of Ev selling them to the Nome King, who rules in a neighboring underground kingdom. Afterwards, the King regretted what he had done and in despair jumped off a cliff into the sea and was drowned. Tik-Tok protects Dorothy and Billina from the Wheelers and takes them to the royal residence where Princess Langwidere resides. Langwidere is the spoiled and highly vain niece of the deceased king of Ev, and she has many exchangeable, detachable heads. When Dorothy refuses to let Langwidere take her head and add it to her collection, Langwidere has a tantrum and locks Dorothy in a high tower within the palace.

A color illustration from the book.

Luckily, Princess Ozma and her Royal Court of Oz, (many of whom appeared in the two previous Oz books) just happen to cross over the Deadly Desert on a mission to free the royal family from the Nome King. Upon arriving, Ozma takes charge and has Dorothy, Billina and Tik-Tok released from Langwidere's custody. Cheerful reunions ensue with the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion, and new introductions are made to Ozma and the Hungry Tiger, a massive tiger who desires to eat fat babies, but is prevented from doing so by his conscience.

The expedition journeys to the underground kingdom of the Nomes, where the Nome King reveals that he has magically transformed the royal family into decor ornaments. When Ozma asks him to release them, he offers a bargain: the Oz people may enter his chambers and try to guess which of the Nome King's many ornaments they are, but if they fail to guess correctly, they will also become ornaments themselves. Ozma, the twenty-seven soldiers of the Royal Army of Oz, including the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and Tik-Tok all suffer this bizarre fate. Dorothy escapes it only by luckily touching a purple ornament in one of her guesses. When the guests from Oz retire one night, Billina sleeps under the King's throne and overhears the King telling his chief steward how one can tell which of the ornaments were once people. She also learns that the King's magic powers reside in the Magic Belt that he wears.

Billina was originally not going to be allowed to guess, but she so infuriates the Nome King by laying an egg under his throne (eggs are poison to Nomes) that he orders her to take her chances of being transformed by guessing. Since she knows the secret of the transformations, all of her guesses turn out to be right. The enraged Nome King refuses to honor his promise to let the Oz people and the Ev royal family go; he commands his army to recapture all of them by force. The Scarecrow throws two of Billina's eggs, which he had luckily kept, into the Nome King's face. While the King is blinded by egg in his eyes, Dorothy takes his magic belt and uses its power to rout his army.

After returning the royal family of Ev (the queen mother, five boys, and five girls) to their rightful forms and place, Ozma, Dorothy, and the others finally return to the country of Oz where a great victory celebration is held in the Emerald City's royal palace. Dorothy is officially made a Princess of Oz, Billina elects to remain in Oz, and Ozma uses the magic belt to send Dorothy to Australia where she is happily reunited with her Uncle Henry.


L. Frank Baum revisited this story for the plot of his 1913 musical The Tik-Tok Man of Oz, starring James C. Morton and Fred Woodward. Aside from Tik-Tok, a princess named Ozma, and a visit to the Nome King's domain, the similarities between the book and the finished play were minimal, allowing Baum to re-adapt the latter as the eighth Oz book, Tik-Tok of Oz, in 1914.

A theatrical adaptation called Ozma of Oz : A Tale of Time, written by Susan Zeder with music by Richard Gray, premiered at the Poncho Theatre in Seattle, Washington, in 1979. On its 20th anniversary in 1999 it was revived with the addition of further songs and titled, Time Again in Oz.[4]

Casino slot games for windows 10. Elements from Ozma of Oz and the previous novel, The Marvelous Land of Oz, were incorporated into the 1985 film Return to Oz, featuring Fairuza Balk as Dorothy. Although most of the plot was taken from Ozma, the action was chiefly relocated to the derelict Emerald City, ruled by Princess Mombi (Princess Langwidere in all but name, as well as keeping Ozma as her slave) and her Wheelers. In the second half of the film, Dorothy, Billina, Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, and the Gump traveled to the Nome King's mountain, to rescue the Scarecrow from the King's ornament collection, which were emerald green unlike the book's royal purple. The 1939 film The Wizard of Oz's famous ruby slippers were used in place of the magic belt.

The 1986 anime adaptation of the first novel included this story. It was later shortened and edited into a single feature for United States VHS and LaserDisc (and later DVD) release.

The book was also made into a Canadian animated feature film in 1987 called Dorothy Meets Ozma of Oz. It is a condensed version, running only 28 minutes. A video release features a live introduction by actor Michael Gross.


  1. ^ abPeter Glassman, 'Afterword,' p 271 L. Frank Baum, Ozma of Oz, ISBN0-688-06632-1
  2. ^Riley, p. 135
  3. ^Riley, p. 137
  4. ^'Life Again in Oz'. austinchronicle.com. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
Works cited
  • Riley, Michael O. Oz and Beyond: The Fantasy World of L. Frank Baum. ISBN0-7006-0832-X.

External links[edit]

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'The Former Life of Brian'
Family Guy episode
Episode no.Season 6
Episode 11
Directed byPete Michels
Written bySteve Callaghan
Production code6ACX04
Original air dateApril 27, 2008
Guest appearance(s)
  • Harvey Fierstein as Tracy
  • Chace Crawford as Boyfriend
  • Erinn Hayes as Attractive Mom
  • Max Burkholder as Kid in Audience[1]
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'Play It Again, Brian'
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'The Former Life of Brian' is the eleventh episode of the sixth season of Family Guy. It was originally broadcast on April 27, 2008. The episode follows the Griffins' anthropomorphic dog, Brian (Seth MacFarlane), as he discovers that he is the father of a 13-year-old boy named Dylan (Seth Green). Dylan's mother, Tracy (Harvey Fierstein), leaves him with Brian after they meet and Dylan starts causing mischief at the Griffin's house.

The episode was written by Steve Callaghan and it was directed by Pete Michels. The episode guest starred Harvey Fierstein, Chace Crawford, Erinn Hayes and Max Burkholder. Recurring voice actors Patrick Warburton, writer Alec Sulkin, episode writer Steve Callaghan, writer John Viener and show creator Seth MacFarlane's sister Rachael MacFarlane made minor appearances. It received mixed reviews from critics.

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Brian (Seth MacFarlane) decides to visit his old girlfriend Tracy Flannigan (Harvey Fierstein), who reveals that she has a son named Dylan (Seth Green) and that he is the father. Dylan proves to be quite the unruly teenager and Brian laments to Peter (MacFarlane) and Lois (Alex Borstein) about his experiences with him. Despite his objections, they attempt to convince him that he should take responsibility for his son. At this time, Dylan arrives at the Griffins' house, explaining that Tracy dropped him off for Brian to raise. There he begins tearing the house apart and acts hostile toward everyone, even attacking the Evil Monkey in Chris's closet. He especially acts hostile towards Brian, who decides to take control and kick him out. However, after he attempts to leave with a bag of Brian's cannabis, they discover a shared enjoyment of the drug and the two smoke up and bond. When Brian apologizes for not being there for Dylan when he was born, it leads to an emotional reconciliation.

Brian quickly shapes Dylan up to be a fine young man, though he himself begins to act a bit self-righteous in his newly discovered role as father. Peter feels very uncomfortable about this, so he decides to convince Tracy to take Dylan back to live with her in the hopes that Brian would go back to normal. While Brian attempts to justify his behavior, Dylan steps up, saying it is time for him to turn his mother's life around just as Brian had done for him. Brian agrees, and the two part ways.


Steve Callaghan wrote the episode.

The episode was written by Steve Callaghan, in his second writing credit for the season, as he has written 'Lois Kills Stewie' earlier in the season.[2][3] It was directed by Pete Michels, also on his second working episode of the season (he directed 'Padre de Familia' earlier in the season).[3][4] Series regulars Peter Shin and James Purdun acted as supervising directors for the episode.[3] The episode's music was composed by Walter Murphy.[3] The episode marked the first appearance of Brian's son Dylan, voiced by one of the shows main voice actors, Seth Green.

'The Former Life of Brian', along with the last four episodes of the sixth season and the first eight episodes of the seventh season were released on DVD by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in the United States and Canada on June 16, 2009, one month after it had completed broadcast on television.[5] The 'Volume 7' DVD release features bonus material including deleted scenes, animatics, and commentaries for every episode.[6]

In addition to the regular cast, actor Harvey Fierstein, actor Chace Crawford, actress Erinn Hayes and actor Max Burkholder made guest appearances in the episode.[1][3] Recurring voice actors Patrick Warburton, writer Alec Sulkin, episode writer Steve Callaghan, writer John Viener and show creator Seth MacFarlane's sister Rachael MacFarlane made minor appearances.[3]

Cultural references[edit]

When Brian finds out that he has a son, Stewie, with much anticipation, yells 'Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!' in reference to The Jerry Springer Show.[7] Dylan ties Meg to a chair and makes her watch 178 hours of Monty Python that were not funny or memorable.[7] In a scene, Sonny the Cuckoo Bird being subjected to a psychological evaluation, where the tester presents to him a bowl of the cereal to test his reaction, this is a reference to his famous motto 'cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!'.[7][8]

When Brian finds his magician outfit, Peter is seen wearing a 'Count Crotchula' costume, this is a reference to the breakfast cereal and character of the same name, Count Chocula.[8] In a scene Dorothy says goodbye to the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow, all of them from the film The Wizard of Oz.[8] When Peter gets his hair cut by Dylan, he is able to grow it back thanks to being 'full of Play-Doh'.[7][8]


In its original broadcast on April 27, 2008, 'The Former Life of Brian' was watched by 8.42 million households according to the Nielsen ratings, the audience measurement systems developed to determine the audience size and composition of television programming in the United States.[9] The episode acquired a 4.3 rating/10 share in the 18–49 demographic,[9]

The episode received mixed reviews from critics. Ahsan Haque of IGN wrote that 'not all of the manatee jokes were hits, but the storyline makes up for it'. He graded 'The Former Life of Brian' 8.3 out of 10.[7] Brad Trechak of TV Squad called the episode 'pretty good' and stated that 'it had it's [sic] ups and downs but it came out ahead overall'.[8]

Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club criticized the episode, saying that it 'didn't really offer many surprises or laughs', and commenting that Brian is 'too much of a straight man to carry an arc with one-time character no one cares about'. She graded 'The Former Life of Brian' C+.[10]Greg Rock of the Parents Television Council, an organization that has frequently criticized the series, named this episode the 'Worst TV Show of the Week'.[11]


  1. ^ ab'Family Guy Episode: 'The Former Life of Brian''. TV Guide. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  2. ^'Family Guy - Lois Kills Stewie - Yahoo! TV'. Yahoo!. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  3. ^ abcdef'Family Guy: The Former Life of Brian'. Yahoo!. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  4. ^'Family Guy: Padre de Familia'. Yahoo!. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  5. ^'Family Guy, Vol. 7'. Amazon.com. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  6. ^'Family Guy – Season 8'. EzyDVD. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  7. ^ abcdeHaque, Ahsan (April 28, 2008). 'Family Guy: 'The Former Life of Brian' Review'. IGN. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  8. ^ abcdeTrechak, Brad (April 28, 2008). 'Family Guy: The Former Life of Brian — VIDEO'. TV Squad. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  9. ^ abCalabria, Rosario T. (May 5, 2008). 'Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, May 4, 2008'. Your Entertainment Now. Retrieved December 22, 2012.
  10. ^Koski, Genevieve (April 27, 2008). 'Apocalypse Cow' / 'Strangeness On A Train' / 'Former Life Of Brian' / 'Red October Sky'. The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  11. ^Rock, Greg. ''Family Guy' on Fox'. Worst TV Show of the Week. Retrieved October 5, 2012.

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