Sky Island


Read by Judy Bieber

(4.4 stars; 43 reviews)

Sky Island (1912) was the second of three titles written by Baum featuring a spunky girl from California, Trot, and her companion, the old sailorman, Cap’n Bill. Baum had hoped to end the Oz series in 1910 and the following year he introduced Trot and Cap’n Bill in The Sea Fairies. In Sky Island, they journey to an island in the sky by means of an enchanted umbrella belonging to Button Bright, a character who first appeared in The Road to Oz (1909). The trio is then captured by the Boolaroo of the Blues, a monarch who is both comical and dangerous, escape to the country of the “Pinks”, and eventually regain the magic umbrella and return back to earth. This is one of Baum’s best fantasy books and contains enough not-so-veiled commentary on race and politics to interest adults as well. However, it (and The Sea Fairies) did not sell as well as the Oz books and Baum resumed writing them in 1913. He subsequently brought Trot and Cap’n Bill to Oz in 1915 in The Scarecrow of Oz. (Summary by Judy Bieber)

(5 hr 40 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 15:04 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 02 16:07 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 03 14:02 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 04 7:56 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 05 13:45 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 06 11:13 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 07 11:28 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 08 11:53 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 09 13:50 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 10 14:52 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 11 9:16 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 12 10:25 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 13 10:56 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 14 11:48 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 15 14:08 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 16 9:50 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 17 11:53 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 18 9:17 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 19 7:15 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 20 9:58 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 21 15:01 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 22 11:09 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 23 14:29 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 24 15:52 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 25 7:51 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 26 14:12 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 27 7:30 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 28 5:43 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 29 6:25 Read by Judy Bieber
Chapter 30 7:47 Read by Judy Bieber

Reviews

yo!

(5 stars)

i love it. p.s what idiot has done random letters.

Oz-ish, but not Oz. Good nonetheless.

(3.5 stars)

The second of a series (with The Sea Fairies) featuring Trot and Cap'n Bill. Baum was trying to get away from Oz, but his fans (and disappointing book sales) wouldn't let him. The Oz character Button Bright appears here, but he really seems to be a different character altogether, who just got saddled with the nickname so young Oz fans would recognize something familiar and give the new series a chance. Eventually Baum gave up and just dragged the new characters into Oz (in, I think, The Lost Princess of Oz). Entertaining and imaginative. It's a bit darker and more- bitter, maybe?- than the typical Oz book.

Enjoyed

(3.5 stars)

Fun kid's story with a bit of politics thrown in for the adults. I'm surprised it didn't sell better when it was written. But I suppose people wanted Oz.

Fine

(5 stars)

I liked that this book had some new characters. The storyline was a bit hard to follow.

OK.

(3 stars)

Not bad but not the best, I like the Sea Fairys better.