Long ago, the Kingdom of Radbad, in the southwest corner of the Quadling Country, used to supply all the dress goods in Oz. But King Fumbo spent all his money on books and tobacco, and the population shrank from 2700 to 27. One day, a violent wind storm blows Fumbo's head away. Grampa, an old soldier with a wooden leg and veteran of 980 battles, joins the king's son, Prince Tatters, on a mission to find his father's head and seek his fortune. They are joined by an iron weather cock blown in from Kansas by the storm, whom they name Bill. Over the next few days, Grampa, Tatters, and Bill are waylaid by bandits, fall down a cavern to the Garden of Gorba (where they meet a beautiful floral fairy named Urtha, who joins their group), and have further adventures on islands of fire and ice.
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Meanwhile, Princess Dorothy gets lost outside the Emerald City with Toto and meets Percy Vere, the Forgetful Poet of Perhaps City, who is searching for his kingdom's lost princess. The two different parties eventually meet and find themselves buffeted in the Kingdom of Play, as well as having to outsmart the old and ugly wizard of Perhaps City, Abrog. Thompson published this, her fourth Oz book, in 1924.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus
In the Land of Oz anything can happen -- which is why when Prince Tatters of Ragbad learns his father King Fumbo has lost his head in a storm leaving his body running around the castle, the young prince decides to leave Ragbad in search of his father's missing head, a fortune, and a princess. Accompanied by the old soldier Grampa and Bill, an iron weathercock brought to life by a lightning storm, Tatters' journeys take him to a Wizard's Garden where he awakens Urtha, a lovely fairy girl made of flowers. With the help of his old and new friends, Tatters survives harrowing adventures through a live volcano and glacier kingdom, but fails to find the objects of his quest.
But when Tatters runs into Princess Dorothy Gale, who is on a quest of her own to find the missing princess of Perhaps City, he learns some startling news about one of the members of his party that could affect the outcome of his quest and the future of his kingdom.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael Jung