Front and back cover for The Bouncy Bunnies in Oz The Thists, those diamond-headed thistle-eaters first introduced in L. Frank Baum’s The Lost Princess of Oz, are having adventures with three adorable young rabbits! Review by Suzanna E. Henshon in "The Baum Bugle" Winter 2008
Is it possible to write another sequel to The Wizard of Oz? Many writers would find this a daunting task, but Marin Xiques's The Bouncy Bunnies of Oz takes off with a hop, seamlessly taking readers back to the Oz landscapre created over 100 years ago by L. Frank Baum.
Thora Sunnydee, the Thist, is sent by Queen Ozma to visit a farm
in 2001, Thora's first trip out of Thi. She quickly meets three bunnies
(Amanda, Risa, and Jodie) who have been adopted by Thornton
Etchasketch, a fellow Thist who lives on a nearby farm. When Thornton
catches the falling Thora, he shatters his stomach, causing gold dust
to enter his lungs and thus prompting a trip to the local doctor. Thora
begins to realize that caring for three little rabbits is difficult for
a single parent like Thornton. Thora and Thornton spend time getting to
know each other, and the little rabbit Jodie hopes Thora will become
her new mother. Jodie becomes upset, however, when she learns that her
father is not planning on remarrying, and she runs out into the starlit
night. Thornton begins searching for his daughter, and Thora goes along
to keep him company, leaving the Cowardly Lion to babysit the other
Meanwhile, Jodie meets up with the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow.
She is excited to meet characters from her favorite story and has long
hoped to meet Dorothy. While traveling with Thornton, Thora realizes
what a loving father he is, and she begins to appreciate his positive
qualities. Thora and Thornton become close friends and begin to fall in
love while Jodie arrives at the Tin Woodman's castle with a
determination to explore every corner of it.
While searching, Thora and Thornton fall into a bottomless pit,
and can't figure out how to climb out until they find themselves in a
cotton candy cloud. Meanwhile, Jodie's sisters worry they'll never see
The Bouncy Bunnies in Oz is a fun trip back to L. Frank
Baum Oz. Young readers will enjoy a return visit with classic
characters, while meeting a new protagonist, Thora Sunnydee.
--Suzanna E. Henshon
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