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Tuesday, June 15, 2004


John Dough and the CherubL. Frank Baum is pretty much everywhere ... at least pretty much everywhere around here. Any bookstore nearby has at least one "much loved" book written by the Royal Historian of Oz and now I've got one myself.

Published some 7 years after Baum's first success, Father Goose, His Book, 6 years after The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and just before Ozma of Oz, John Dough and the Cherub is the story of John, a gingerbread man brought to life by an Arabian Exlixir of Life, who then flees from the evil Ali Dubh to an encounter with a 'Fresh-Air Fiend' on the Isle of Phreex where John meets Chick the Cherub who is the Original Incubator Baby ... this all in the first few chapters ... more action than some of John Grisham's recent efforts, no?

Written almost 100 years ago by Baum, who believed "that dreams ... day dreams with your eyes wide open, are likely to lead to the betterment of the world", John Dough is a pleasant escape that is in some weird way still topical and could be just the title you are looking to add to your collection.