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Of The Woods

Sanchez, Dennis
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In a hilarious reinvention of classic children’s books characters, this is a tale of a singular family tree from a forest in the Land of Oz that is cut down and carved by a sculptor into wooden puppets and candlesticks. The wooden puppets speak and behave as real children, but the parents, who are made into self-lighting candlesticks, are unable to walk on their own. Enter an unscrupulous pair of characters who, realizing the enormous worth of these rare, beautifully carved candlesticks, kidnap them. To find their parents, the children puppets turn to a private detective agency for help. The detectives, a twelve year-old girl named Dorothy, a blind scarecrow, and his small, black seeing-eye dog named Toto, set off on the trail with the children tagging along. The trail leads them to the Whale Inn where they find the parents perched on the tavern bar, forced to entertain gruff Caribbean pirates. Guarding the entrance is a huge, ferocious lion. With the aid of a tin woodman, the detectives and the children plot a wacky and rousing rescue.

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