The Marvelous Land of Oz - L. Frank Baum, David McKee
I listened to the Librivox audio version, read by Phil Chenevert.

Before I discovered Goodreads, I didn't even know there was a whole Oz-series. Now that I do, it gives me plenty of (audio) material to use before falling asleep. This second book in the series is technically a sequel to [b:The Wonderful Wizard of Oz|236093|The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz, #1)|L. Frank Baum||1993810], which I love dearly. However, the story of The Marvelous Land of Oz feels totally different, even though it takes place in the same land and with some of the characters we already know from the Wizard of Oz.

Despite this being a children's book, I felt like a lot of the jokes were meant for an adult audience. Somehow I couldn't shake the feeling L.Frank Baum was on a huge acid trip while writing this. That or the man just had an endless amount of pleasantly strange imagination. This is probably the reason why I didn't see the end twist coming at all. I was listening to the last chapter in bed last night and when the end conclusion came, I started laughing out loud (probably to the annoyance of my boyfriend who was trying to sleep). It would be a huge spoiler to say more about it, but weird and unexpected are two words to describe it. On to the next one in the series, [b:Ozma of Oz|60177|Ozma of Oz (Oz, #3)|L. Frank Baum||891152], which already makes me giggle because of what I know now.