The cover shows a slimey green lizard hatching out of an egg. There's an alternative version of the cover, with the lizard having darker scales, a longer spike on its head, and a slightly darker background.
Kate Lipton's family has some strange ideas. Her dad is convinced that their family should be running a farm for lizards. Who doesn't love lizards? The whole family takes a trip to Australia to find the most exciting and rare species. They return home with a mysterious egg.
Kate can't wait for the egg to hatch. It feels like it's taking forever! But when it does, strange things start to happen. She can't help but notice certain changes around her house. Will Kate and her family be able to survive this Lizard of Oz?
There are several differences between the pre-release version and the released version. When the book was first announced, it was originally titled "Lizard of Oz". Later, the word "The" was added to the title. According to early synopses of the book, Kate's last name was originally Kate Orton. Her last name was later changed to Lipton. The cover art was also different. The lizard's skin color was purple and green, had a longer spike on its head, and the background was slightly darker.
- The title is a reference to the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz.
- This is the second book to reference The Wizard of Oz. The first book was The Wizard of Ooze.
- The alternative cover art (the cover with the darker lizard) was created after the final cover art (the cover with the light green lizard). It is unknown why the original art was chosen instead of the newer cover art.
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