Merry Go Round in Oz

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Merry Go Round in Oz
Merry go round cover.jpg
First edition
Author Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Lauren McGraw Wagner
Illustrator Dick Martin
Country United States
Language English
Series The Oz Books
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Reilly & Lee
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 303 pp.
Preceded by The Hidden Valley of Oz
Followed by Yankee in Oz

Merry Go Round in Oz (1963) is the fortieth in the series of Oz books created by L. Frank Baum and his successors. It was written by Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Lauren McGraw Wagner (her married name was dropped from reprinted editions after the marriage ended). It was illustrated by Dick Martin.

Merry Go Round in Oz is the last of the "Famous Forty" and the last "official" Oz book. Reilly & Lee had refused many other authors, including previous author Rachel R. Cosgrove, to publish a fortieth Oz book because of poor sales, but were persuaded by McGraw's two Newbery Awards to admit a fortieth book into the series. The first edition, the so-called "white edition," is the rarest book in the series in its original printings.


Halidom and Troth are two adjacent principalities within the Land of Oz, both resembling medieval kingdoms. Heir to the throne of Halidom is Prince Gules. The people of Halidom have always derived their physical and mental abilities from three golden circlets worn by their ruler: the first around his forehead, the second on his right forearm, the third on his right thumb. The first circlet confers intelligence upon all the citizens of Halidom, the second confers physical strength and fighting prowess; the third confers manual dexterity and craftsmanship. The first and third circlets have been lost before the beginning of the book, with attendant loss of abilities by the subjects of Halidom.

Fess is a young pageboy in the household of Prince Gules, but Fess was born in Troth, so the circlets have no effect on him. Awakening one day to discover that all the natives of Halidom are strangely languid, Fess learns that the second (and last remaining) circlet has been stolen. He embarks on a quest with Prince Gules, aided by a unicorn and a Flittermouse (a mouse with wings) to retrieve all three.

Meanwhile, Dorothy Gale and the Cowardly Lion temporarily leave the Emerald City to place an order with the Easter Bunny, whose underground domain is conveniently accessible from Oz. Having placed the order, they get lost on the way back, and meet and join the Prince and Fess in their quest.

Robin Brown, an orphan from Oregon, USA, rides a magic merry-go-round horse to the Land of Oz. The horse whisks him to the Quadling and Munchkin Countries of Oz, where Robin has adventures in View Halloo (a region dedicated to fox-hunting) and Roundabout (a land where everything is round, inhabited by Roundheads). The Roundheads mistake him for a new king foretold by a prophecy, and force him to remain there and serve as their king. Dorothy's party happens on Roundabout and help Robin to escape. Eventually, Robin must help find the missing magic circlets of Halidom.

External links

  • On Merry Go Round in Oz
The Oz books
Previous book:
The Hidden Valley of Oz
Merry Go Round of Oz
Next book:
Yankee in Oz

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