Shabby Sunday: Return to Oz by Joan D. Vinge 1985

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Shabby Sunday Meme

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s shabby share is:

Return to Oz

by Joan D. Vinge


Blurb: Dorothy returns to Oz during a storm only to find that the magical kingdom has been conquered by the evil Nome King and Mombi the Witch, and she sets out with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and other new friends to find the rightful ruler.

I chose this book for today’s Shabby Sunday because I enjoyed this movie as a child and I love the novelization. My copy is the original from 1985 and is in very rough shape with a worn cover and heavy wear to the pages. 

My Thoughts:

After Dorothy’s original return from Oz, Aunt Em and Uncle Henry tell her that Oz was never real, but Dorothy finds a key from Oz and realizes that it simply isn’t true. A wicked storm returns her to Oz, but she finds that it’s nothing like it was when she left.

I read this many years ago after watching the movie featuring Fairuza Balk. The book is way better than the movie, in my opinion, because it really gets into the characters and their feelings. It covers the entire story of the movie, but also has added extras from the original screenplay that weren’t in the movie.

The writing is simple and this is a quick, easy read that’s even suitable for upper elementary readers. Although I remember the movie being a little scary, the book isn’t as bad and I wouldn’t hesitate to read it out loud to my younger kids. There are also photographs from the movie which make it even more enjoyable. Even though I would prefer Baum’s original Oz books over this one, it’s still one that I’ll keep on my shelf for the nostalgia. This gets a 3.5-star rating from me.



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  • Mass Market Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Media Tie-In edition (May 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034532207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345322074







Watch the movie trailer below


Thanks for checking out today’s Shabby Sunday! Have you read this book or seen the movie? What did you think about them? Please feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions below.



27 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: Return to Oz by Joan D. Vinge 1985

        1. I don’t think they could have picked a better actor to play Dorothy than her. Suited the movie perfectly. This is probably sacrilege but I think I enjoyed it more than the original 🙃


      1. If we ever upgrade to a house again so we have more space for bookshelves I will definitely start collecting older books for nostalgia again. I think my Mum has some in her loft I will probably steal as a starting point!

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  1. Noriko

    It’s amazing that you keep all these books for such a long time! My mother once took all my books that I had stashed and accumulated out as garbage without even consulting me! How shocked I was… lol

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    1. Noriko, I would die! That’s like a nightmare. I can’t imagine what you must have felt like! 😢😭

      I admit, I need to go through my old books and clear some out. There are a few I’ll never read again and I’m sure someone else could get some use out of them. I’m sort of a hoarder I guess, heehee. 🤔😆

      Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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      1. Noriko

        Thanks, Mischenko ❤ Yes, there were books that I was personally GIVEN by my favorite teachers so it literally broke my heart to bits lol I still wish my mom had kept them!
        Thanks, I had a relaxing weekend 🙂

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  2. Amber Cook

    Return to Oz is the only modern film version of an L. Frank Baum book, so therefore precious. I wish someone would do all 14 of his Oz books like that. Ozma of Oz especially. But Return to Oz is a ton of fun, and they did great with the Gump.

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    1. Amber, I agree with you and wonder why they didn’t do more movies from the books. I’ve read a few, but need to complete them all. I read The Marvelous Land of Oz earlier this year and enjoyed it. ❤ Ozma and Pumpkinhead were faves! 😊 Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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