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Written by  Grace Duffie Boylan
Illustrator  Edgar Keller
Published  1909
Publisher  Reilly & Britton

Yama Yama Land: Where Everything is Different is a 1909 children's book written by Grace Duffie Boylan, and illustrated by Edgar Keller (1868–1932). It is one of the noteworthy examples of imitation of L. Frank Baum's Oz books by another writer and illustrator.

(It is also an unusual instance in which an Oz imitation was issued by Baum's publisher. Reilly & Britton advertised Boylan's volume as "An Extravaganza in Book Form for Children.")

Boylan was a friend of Baum and of W. W. Denslow. Her story bears a clear resemblance to Baum's fourth Oz book, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz: Boylan's heroine Sylvie enters a magical underground realm through a fissure in the Earth that opens during an earthquake. In Yama Yama Land she encounters cities of lost things, which suggests the Valley of Lost Things in Baum's Dot and Tot of Merryland.

In the century since its first publication, the book has attracted attention and praise more for Keller's illustrations than for Boylan's story. Keller's illustrations include fourteen color plates, two of which are double-page spreads.

Boylan's novel was inspired by a comic song of her era, "The Yama Yama Man" (1908).

Boylan (1861–1935) was an experienced children's book author. She was noted for her books on children of other cultures and races, as in Young Folks' Uncle Tom's Cabin. She wrote a series on Kids of Many ColorsOur Little Philippine Kiddies, Our Little Cuban Kiddies, etc. Ike Morgan illustrated some of these titles. A longtime resident of Chicago, Boylan traveled in the city's bohemian circles; she knew Baum, W. W. Denslow, and Eva Katharine Gibson, who wrote her own Oz-like book in Zauberlinda.

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