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John Dough and the Cherub

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John Dough and the Cherub is a delightful tale by L. Frank Baum that takes readers on a whimsical journey with the lovable character John Dough and his mischievous sidekick, the Cherub. The story is filled with adventure, humor, and heartwarming moments that will captivate readers of all ages.

Baum's vivid storytelling and imaginative writing bring the world of John Dough and the Cherub to life, creating a magical and enchanting setting that readers will not want to leave. The characters are well-developed and endearing, making it easy for readers to become invested in their journey and root for their success.

One of the standout aspects of this book is Baum's ability to seamlessly blend fantasy elements with universal themes of friendship, kindness, and loyalty. Through the ups and downs of their adventures, John Dough and the Cherub ultimately learn the importance of standing by each other and being true to themselves.

Overall, John Dough and the Cherub is a charming and delightful read that will leave readers feeling uplifted and inspired. With its whimsical storyline, lovable characters, and timeless messages, this book is a must-read for fans of fantasy and adventure.

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An evil Arabian sorcerer loans a golden flask full of the Great Elixir - a magic liquid that endows a person with pronounced health, strength, and longevity - to a colorblind baker's wife to stop it falling into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, the woman mixes up the Elixir with her rheumatism medicine, which, through even more misunderstanding, then ends up being used in batch of gingerbread. Out of this dough comes John Dough, a six-foot novelty gingerbread man who promptly comes to life and runs away, in an echo of an old nursery rhyme. Pursued by the evil sorcerer, who wants to eat him to gain the power of immortality, and children, who want to eat him because he's made of cake, John Dough and his sidekick the Cherub flee through a variety of strange fantasy lands and bizarre scenarios, including an encounter with "The King of Fairy Beavers," an animated Wooden Indian, a girl executioner who never gets to kill anybody and weeps over the fact, a two-legged talking horse that bullies its rider, and the youthful and tyrannical "Kinglet" of Phreex. Will John Dough escape those who want him eaten?

Though the novel is not considered part of the Oz canon, its main characters make cameo appearances in The Road to Oz . - Summary by Mary Kay, E. Toland and Wikipedia

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