Woozy (Oz)

Woozy (Oz)

The Woozy is a four-legged fictional creature from the pages of L. Frank Baum's 1913 Oz book "The Patchwork Girl of Oz".

The Woozy was described as being dark blue in color and made up of all squares, flat surfaces and edges. Its head is an exact cube and its body is in the shape of a box twice as long as it is wide and high. All four of the Woozy's legs are four-sided, as is its stubby tail. The Woozy hears via two openings in the upper corners of its head, has a flat nose and a mouth formed by an opening on lower edge of its head. When the Woozy gets angry, it has the ability to flash fire with its eyes.

The Woozy lived in the Munchkin country in Oz and survived primarily on a diet of honey bees. The Munchkin farmers who raised the honey bees nearby drove the Woozy into the forest and confined it with a fence. Since the Woozy couldn't climb, he could not escape his prison. (The Woozy does mention in the text that he can jump very high, but also mentions that he has a ferocious roar, which turns out to be completely untrue).

The creature is entirely hairless except for three stiff, stubby hairs on the end of its tail. Those three hairs were one of five required ingredients to the antidote for the Liquid of Petrification that Ojo, Scraps the Patchwork Girl, and Bungle set out to retrieve during the story. In return for some scraps of bread and cheese that Ojo fed him, the Woozy agreed to give his hairs to the party. When it became clear that the hairs could not be removed from his tail, Ojo freed the Woozy and allowed the creature to accompany the group.

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