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

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  686 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
During Prince Pompadore of Pumperdink's eighteenth birthday celebration, his birthday cake explodes, revealing a magic scroll, a magic mirror, and a doorknob. The scroll warns the prince that if the he doesn't wed a "proper princess" within seven days, his entire kingdom will disappear. The prince, along with the kingdom's wise elephant Kabumpo, set off on an adventure to ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 12th 1985 by Del Rey (first published 1922)
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Dec 16, 2015 marked it as to-read
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?

I swear I've read this story with a different title.
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.
Rick Brose
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Light years better than the Royal Book of Oz, Thompson has started to get the feel for Baum's incredible world. The new characters are diverse and interesting, and the overall story was good. It still does not have the elegant pace of the original Oz books, but it gives me a lot of hope for the rest of her works.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the Oz books.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Samuel Valentino
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first Oz book claimed to have been written by Thompson (though I suspect the previous one was too, despite Baum's name on it). It's only okay. There are some interesting parts - the runaway country, for example, and the candle people. But a lot of it reminds me of what the Disney Channel does with Winnie the Pooh - if you throw in enough "Hoo boohoo hoo!" lines from Tigger, it sound like the story without having to have any substance. In this instance, it seems that characters are ju ...more
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
Blake Petit
Sep 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
An improvement over Thompson's first Oz book because this one did not have any overt racism. However, it was a bit manic, with lots of weird characters introduced, then dropped, kind of like Baum's earlier Oz stories, in which these characters were introduced seemingly just for the puns, but without really moving the plot forward. I expect that as the Thompson contributions continued, she found her groove.
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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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Oz (Thompson and others) (1 - 10 of 35 books)
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  • The Lost King of Oz (Book 19)
  • The Hungry Tiger of Oz (Book 20)
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