#17 "The Cowardly Lion of Oz" [1923] cowardly lion of oz, ruth plumly thompson, synopsis, text, book, l. frank baum, john r. neill, famous forty, mudge, mustafa, notta bit more, bob up, ozma, dorothy, scarecrow, tin man, tinman, tin woodman, emerald city, wizard of oz, glinda, hungry tiger, munchkins, winkies, quadlings, gillikins, deadly desert
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"The Cowardly Lion of Oz"

by Ruth Plumly Thompson
illustrations by John R. Neill

Founded on and continuing the Famous Oz Stories

by L. Frank Baum

published July 25, 1923
Reilly & Lee, Chicago

The Cowardly Lion of  Oz

Our old friend the Cowardly Lion is in trouble.

You see, he feels the courage given to him by the Wizard of Oz [in the aptly titled, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)] has been all used up, so he begins to look for a way to get more courage. Under (poor) advice, he is told that to gain courage, he must eat a man with much courage. He starts out on a journey to do just this - hoping to accomplish this horrid task quickly, since the Cowardly Lion is not one to harm anyone.

Meanwhile, in the barbarous Kingdom of Mudge (in the southwest portion of the blue Munchkin Country), the Mustafa of Mudge has a collection - of all things - lions! He already has 9,999 lions in his collection, but is still very unhappy because he wants one more and is convinced that no really worthwhile lion collection can be complete without the famed Cowardly Lion of Oz.

Mustafa makes his big mistake when he sets out to collect the Cowardly Lion, for this particular lion has become one of Dorothy's constant companions and is just about the most important animal in all of Oz. Of course, no one from Mudge can go on this quest because the Book of Mudge states that anyone who leaves Mudge will die. What can Mustafa do? Who can he send?

In this book, you will also enjoy meeting Notta Bit More the clown and his friend, Bob Up. While performing his disappearing act in a circus for the citizens of Stumptown USA, Notta Bit More makes Bob Up - a little orphan boy from the audience - disappear. Reciting the magical verse again, he then makes himself disappear! They both re-appear together in... you guessed it... the Kingdom of Mudge. Mustafa now sends Notta Bit More and the young, redheaded Bob Up out into the Land of Oz to bring him the Cowardly Lion to complete his collection.

Synopsis text © 2000-2001 by Lawrence D. Weisberg
with some adaptation from original text written by
Jack Snow in Who's Who in Oz © 1954.

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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

The Royal Book of Oz

Kabumpo in Oz

The Cowardly Lion of Oz

Grampa in Oz

The Lost King of Oz

The Hungry Tiger of Oz

The Gnome King of Oz

The Giant Horse of Oz

Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz

The Yellow Knight of Oz

Pirates in Oz

The Purple Prince of Oz

Ojo in Oz

Speedy in Oz

The Wishing Horse of Oz

Captain Salt in Oz

Handy Mandy in Oz

The Silver Princess in Oz

Ozoplaning with the Wizard of Oz

The Wonder City of Oz

The Scalawagons of Oz

Lucky Bucky in Oz

The Magical Mimics of Oz

The Shaggy Man of Oz

The Hidden Valley of Oz

Merry Go Round in Oz

The Famous Forty Addendum
(later Oz titles by the Royal Historians)

The Runaway in Oz

Yankee in Oz

The Enchanted Island of Oz

The Forbidden Fountain of Oz

The Wicked Witch of Oz

The Rundelstone of Oz

[any missing Synopses will be online Winter 2001/02]

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