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The Royal Book Of Oz is the 15th book in the Oz series. It is also the first book in the series written by Ruth Plumly Thompson.
Released in 1921, the book was originally credited as the last to be written by series creator, L. Frank Baum. Baum died in 1919, but the manuscript for Royal Book of Oz was said to have been completed before then.
It wasn't until years later that the truth behind this book's origins were revealed.
Clover Press aims to celebrate the work of this forgotten female author with a brand new edition of The Royal Book of Oz featuring updated, all-new illustrations by Eisner Award winning artist, Sara Richard. This edition also features an afterword by Eisner Award winning artist and writer, Eric Shanower.
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About the book:
The Royal Book of Oz follows the Scarecrow on his journey to trace his ancestral heritage across the magical land of Oz. Meanwhile Dorothy and friends are on a mission to find the Scarecrow and return safely with him to the Emerald City. Numerous adventures and new friends abound.
Ruth Plumly Thompson
An avid reader of Baum's books and a lifelong children's writer, Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her writing career in 1914 when she took a job with the Philadelphia Public Ledger; she wrote a weekly children's column for the newspaper. She had already published her first children's book, The Perhappsy Chaps, and her second, The Princess of Cozytown, was pending publication when William Lee, vice president of Baum's publisher Reilly & Lee, solicited Thompson to continue the Oz series. (Rumors among fans that Thompson was Baum's niece were untrue.) Between 1921 and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year.
Eric Shanower is the award-winning cartoonist of the graphic novel series Age of Bronze (Image Comics), retelling the story of the Trojan War. With cartoonist Skottie Young, he adapted six of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books to a series of New York Times best-selling graphic novels (Marvel Comics). He wrote the Eisner Award-winning comics series Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland (IDW) with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, based on the classic comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland by Winsor McCay. Shanower’s past comics work includes his own Oz graphic novel series, available as Adventures in Oz (IDW), the story “Happily Ever After” included in the Lambda Literary Award finalist How Beautiful the Ordinary (HarperCollins), and art for An Accidental Death by Ed Brubaker (Fantagaphics Books), The Elsewhere Prince by Moebius and R-JM Lofficier (Marvel), and Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor (Dark Horse Comics). In 1994 he co-founded—and through 2002 was co-publisher of—Hungry Tiger Press, which specializes in books and cds reprinting and continuing the works of L. Frank Baum. Shanower illustrated books by original Oz series authors, including The Rundelstone of Oz by Eloise McGraw (Hungry Tiger Press), The Wicked Witch of Oz by Rachel Cosgrove Payes (The International Wizard of Oz Club), and The Runaway in Oz by John R. Neill (Books of Wonder). Shanower has illustrated for television, magazines, stage, and children’s books, including his own books The Giant Garden of Oz (Dover Publications) and The Salt Sorcerer of Oz and Other Stories (Hungry Tiger Press). His work appears in several documentaries, including The Origins of Oz (BBC), which runs occasionally on the Smithsonian Channel, and “Because of the Wonderful Things It Does” on the video release of the 1939 MGM The Wizard of Oz. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his partner, David Maxine. www.age-of-bronze.com
Sara is the illustrator of The Ghost, The Owl (Action Lab) and Kitty & Dino (Yen Press) and her art can be found on over 80 covers of My Little Pony (IDW). Sara has also illustrated covers for Rick & Morty (Oni Press), Clue (IDW), Bob's Burgers (Dynamite), Jem and The Holograms (IDW), Deadpool (Marvel) and is the illustrator of the Justice League Tarot Card Set from DC Collectables. Sara's gallery work can frequently be seen at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles and scattered around Salem (where she is the 11th great-grand daughter of the Witch Trial victim, Margaret Scott).
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