They say that The Scarecrow of Oz is the best book in the Oz series, as it's always been Baum's favorite novel. It came out in 1915 and mesmerized the readers with yet another fascinating adventure full of magical creatures, unique lands, amazing characters and a great plot.
Trot, a little girlie, along with Cap'n Bill, a hard-boiled sailor with a wooden leg, are originally from California, and they embark on a short trip aboard their own row-boat. The day is calm and sunny, which is perfect for a little adventure. A scary maelstrom turns their boat upside down and pulls the poor things into water. Then, a bunch of mermaids takes them to an underwater cave. Next, a whimsical flying being - the Ork - joins the team.
Together they make it through a dark tunnel and end up in a beautiful island. Pessim the Observer greets them with a grim face. The island is full of magical berries that shrink the Californians into tiny creatures and the Ork carries them all the way to the land of Mo. There, they consume another bunch of tasty berries than bring their normal sizes back.
Land of Oz works:
1. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
2. The Marvelous Land of Oz (1904)
3. Ozma of Oz (1907)
4. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908)
5. The Road to Oz (1909)
6. The Emerald City of Oz (1910)
7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1913)
8. Tik-Tok of Oz (1914)
9. The Scarecrow of Oz (1915)
10. Rinkitink in Oz (1916)
11. The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
12. The Tin Woodman of Oz (1918)
13. The Magic of Oz (1919, posthumously published)
14. Glinda of Oz (1920, posthumously published)
Thankfully, there are no ferocious creatures in Mo, and Trot gets to enjoy the delicious rain and snow before she and the sailor come across Button Bright, a character known to the fans of the Oz series from a previous book. The boy is lost again, and he needs someone to take him back home. Cap'n Bill asks the birds to eat some of the berries that make you bigger to carry 'em all to the magical Land of Oz. However, the birds take the friends to Jinxland, a dangerous kingdom with trouble on every single corner. Will the heroes be able to make it out of there alive?