Summary from GoodReads:
The story begins in an isolated corner of Oz, in the small country of Oogaboo. There Queen Ann Soforth musters an unlikely army and sets off to conquer the rest of Oz. Meanwhile, a girl from Oklahoma named Betsy Bobbin and her companion, Hank the mule, are shipwrecked and washed ashore in the Rose Kingdom, a magical land of talking roses. There they meet the Shaggy Man, who is on a quest to rescue his brother from the clutches of the wicked Nome King. Betsy, Hank, and the Rose Princess join the Shaggy Man on his journey, and before long they meet up with Polychrome, the Rainbow’s Daughter; Tik-Tok; and Queen Ann with her army. The rest of Baum’s tale is filled with hairbreadth escapes, wild puns, and mystifying magic
Baum is on a roll! I loved The Patchwork Girl of Oz and I blew through Tik-Tok of Oz as well (Of course, Tik-Tok is one of my more favorite characters). The puns were fantastic, the adventures fun to read and, most of all, I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to Betsy Bobbin and Hank.
This book added something a bit more than just adventure – there was an actual quest here, something that’s been lacking since book 1. Of course, there have been smaller quest (quest-lights I like to call them) but nothing as epic as Tik-Tok of Oz brings. Because the evil Nome King is back (although I’m still not sure how he regained his memory) and he’s causing mischief. The result? Much fun, interesting puzzles and a most satisfactory ending.