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The island of Pingaree, in the Nonestic Ocean, is ruled by King Kitticut. While King Rinkitink, a merry fat man who rides a grumpy talking goat named Bilbil, is visiting from his kingdom on the mainland, the armies of the twin islands of Regos and Coregos invade, lay Pingaree to waste, and enslave everyone. Only Kitticut's son, Prince Inga, and Rinkitink and the goat, are left on the destroyed island kingdom. But Inga has his father's magic pearls -- the blue one that confers super strength, the pink one that protects its holder from all harm, and the talking white one that always speaks wisdom -- to aid him in his quest to free his parents and revive Pingaree. So he and the fat man on the goat go to Regos and Coregos to accomplish the job. Eventually, the despotic rulers of those islands spirit Inga's parents away and bribe the Nome King (Kaliko, now) to keep them prisoners under the mountains. Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz eventually get involved. Baum originally drafted the tale of Rinkitink as a separate story in 1905, but after the collapse of his Hollywood silent-film venture, he adapted it into an Oz story. Even though almost none of it takes place in Oz, this 1916 book, the tenth, is one of his better narratives in the series.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 50% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   rescue mission/escape from confinement Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   overthrowing govt/kingdom Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   can talk to animals    -   super strength    -   is very quick

Setting

Terrain    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to torture How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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