On Thursday I posited that “the closer American children’s books come to Kansas, the more they have to allude to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and/or its sequels.” Today’s example is Savvy, by Ingrid Law.
This contemporary fantasy starts just outside Kansas, strictly speaking—in a patch of magically-made land between that state and Nebraska. But the Oz allusions are inescapable:
- swirling wind storms that send Mibs Beaumont, her brothers, and their neighbors on their journey of discovery.
- a town called Emerald.
- yellow brick.
- a diner owner referred to as “the great and powerful Ozzie.”
- another character called a witch.
- one of Mibs’s brothers called a “mangy, snooping little dog.”