The American Fairy Tale stories, as critics have noted, break away from the high fantasy of the Wizard of Oz. These American Tales have ironic or nonsensical morals attached to their ends, their tone is more satirical, glib, and tongue-in-cheek than is usual in children's stories; the serialization in newspapers for adult readers was appropriate for the materials.
"The Magic Bon Bons" was the most popular of the American Fairy Tales.
Other American Fairy Tale Stories like "The Enchanted Types" and "The Dummy That Lived," create "knooks" and "ryls," the fairies that Baum would use in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus the next year, 1902. "The Dummy That Lived" uses a premise about a department-store mannequin that is brought to life, an idea that would be re-used again and again, by many writers in television and films.