How to make your own powder of life!
The Patchwork Girl of Oz is hands down, my favourite of the Oz books by L. Frank Baum. Not only is Scraps a most memorable character, but the plot is a cracking good one as well--the seemingly impossible quest.
The story begins with Ojo the Unlucky and his monosyllabic uncle Unc Nunkie called “The Silent One” visiting Dr Pipt, the Crooked magician, who is crooked in more ways than one. His is described by Baum like this:
He was really very crooked and Ojo wondered how he managed to do so many things with such a twisted body. When he sat down upon a crooked chair that had been made to fit him, one knee was under his chin and the other near the small of his back; but he was a cheerful man and his face bore a pleasant and agreeable expression.
He is also crooked in his dealings--magic is outlawed in Oz and Dr Pipt knows this. Only Glinda the Good and the Wizard are allowed. (The Wizard was a humbug and at one point evil, but now is reformed and a proper magician). He makes an excuse that he is allowed to do it for himself or his household, but not for others or for a profession. Ozma puts a stop to this later.
2. Lift your left hand and point your little finger upwards and say Weaugh!
3. Lift your right hand and point your thumb upwards and say Teaugh!
4. Lift both hands a with fingers and thumb spread out and say Peaugh!
Note: not having several years to waste (not to mention not owning 4 kettles) I opted to fill my jar with bicarbonate of soda.
That’s all for today. Stay tuned for the next instalment of Crafts from the Crooked Magician!