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Kabumpo in Oz (Oz (Thompson and others) #16)

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When the Scarecrow returns to the corn field where Dorothy first found him, he discovers that his old bean pole is magical. Sent tumbling far below the surface of Oz down to the Silver Islands, the Scarecrow discovers that he is supposedly the re-created Emperor Chang Wang Woe of this distant kingdom. But is the Scarecrow ready to give up his life in Oz and rule the Silver ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 12th 1985 by Del Rey (first published 1922)
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Shoshana
Talk about your giant step up from the Royal Book! Even if the Royal Book weren't full of racism, this one would be better. I love Kabumpo in Oz.

I love Peg Amy the most. Also, I love Kabumpo, and I like Pompa, especially bald!Pompa, and I like the hilarious runaway plot of land. Ruggedo is back and at his best (slash worst). Wag is great too. I do not object to the romance, even though Baum rarely included romantic plots. I like that Scraps has a bit that is more than just the standard character
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Blake Petit
Not bad. This was Ruth Plumly Thompson's second Oz book after the death of creator L. Frank Baum, and the first under her own name. A birthday party disaster in the kingdom of Pumperdink sends the prince on a quest to find -- and Marry -- Princess Ozma. At the same time, Ruggedo the Nome King is planning his latest assault of the people of Oz. Like most of the books, this story introduces several new characters to the Oz lore, and some of them are fairly charming (although Peg Amy kind of loses ...more
Julia Brumfield
This was an interesting read but it definitely ended up losing a bunch of its goodness in my opinion due to it being an Oz book. Instead this definitely could have been a fairytale re-telling for towards the end it reminded me a lot about "Beauty and the Beast" although with a twist.

The characters following Ms. Ruth's writing have a bit more personality than the regular Oz books while being more human. And yet within this writing you see the same repetitive formula and character building as wi
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Margaret
Kabumpo of Oz is a big improvement over The Royal Book of Oz, Thompson's first. There are a few mistakes (the constant misspellings of "Gillikin" as "Gilliken" and "Nome" as "gnome", for instance), but Thompson does a nice job using Ruggedo the Nome King as the villain and introducing several other excellent characters: Kabumpo the Elegant Elephant, Peg Amy the wooden doll, and Wag the rabbit, whose constant spoonerisms are very amusing.
Edward Davies
This was a bit of an improvement on the last Oz book, and it feels like Thompson is getting to grips with Baum writing style (and not making as many terrible puns). This is quite similar to The Marvellous Land Of Oz with its plot about secret identities and brings back some favourite characters while introducing some new ones too.
Allison
OK, I just spent half an hour writing a review to this book, and the stupid site erased it. I'm not doing it again. Suffice to say, an entertaining story, some good new characters, a few issues with charater and plot development, writing style not quite so charming but easier to read aloud. Whatever.
Neil
One of Thompson's better Oz books, I've so far read about half of her books. This is her second book following the pretty terrible Royal book of Oz, she's developing her own style and characters here and moving away from trying unsuccessfully to copy Baum.
Debbie
Much better than the first Oz book Thompson wrote. She added more intriguing and fun characters to this wonderful world. I'm glad I get the chance to rediscover one of my favorite series again for the first time (since I never read Thompson's books!)
Dehibberdwrites
Enjoyed reading this for my grandchildren. Stays true to the Oz world. The main characters are new but we do meet important characters from the Oz books. Adults will find this enjoyable but predictable. Kids will enjoy it.
Jessica
Not up to par with the charm of an actual Baum Oz tale..but worlds better than the Royal Book of Oz, the only other book I've read by Plumly Thompson. That one was the worst.
Steve Shilstone
Ruth, Queen of the Adverb (her middle name is Plumly, after all), weaves an imaginative tale.
hpboy13
This is the best of the Thompson Oz books, but that's not saying much.
Pizzalover157
Great book, just like the other Oz books.
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An avid reader of Baum's books and a lifelong children's writer, Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her writing career in 1914 when she took a job with the Philadelphia Public Ledger; she wrote a weekly children's column for the newspaper. She had already published her first children's book, The Perhappsy Chaps, and her second, The Princess of Cozytown, was pending publicati ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Oz (Thompson and others) (1 - 10 of 35 books)
  • The Royal Book of Oz (Oz, #15)
  • The Cowardly Lion of Oz (Oz, #17)
  • Grampa in Oz (Book 18)
  • The Lost King of Oz (Book 19)
  • The Hungry Tiger of Oz (Book 20)
  • The Gnome King of Oz (Book 21)
  • The Giant Horse of Oz (Book 22)
  • Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz (Book 23)
  • The Yellow Knight of Oz (Book 24)
  • Pirates in Oz (Book 25)
The Royal Book of Oz (Oz, #15) The Cowardly Lion of Oz (Oz, #17) The Hungry Tiger of Oz (Book 20) The Lost King of Oz (Book 19) Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz (Book 23)

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