is the first Oz book with an animal in the title role. Kabumpo,
however, is much more than an animal he is a genuine
personality. Kabumpo, the elegant elephant, is the wisest
and oldest living creature in Pumperdink (an area of the purple
excitement begins during Prince Pompadore's 18th birthday
celebration. The cake (the finest ever baked by Hashem the
chef) disappears, reappears, then explodes when cut, revealing
a scroll, a golden mirror and a doorknob. The scroll warns
the royal family; King Pompus, Queen Posy and Prince Pompadore,
that unless the prince marries a "proper" princess,
the entire kingdom of Pumperdink will disappear.
King Pompus decides on the most-homeliest of fairy princesses,
Faleero of the forest of Follensby, Kabumpo decides to save
the Prince and off they go to Emerald City.
course, nothing is Oz is ever simple, and old Ruggedo, the
Gnome King is at it again as well. Finding a box of the wizard
J. Glegg's "Mixed Magic" underneath the palace of
Pumperdink, he accidentally spills a bottle of "Instantaneous
Expanding Extract" on himself and grows 3/4 of a mile
high. Did I mention the bottle of "Spike's Hair Strengthener"
that he spilled on his head first - causing his hair to turn
into iron spikes? Did I mention that the palace of Pumperdink
becomes impaled atop his head? Did I mention that he of course
runs away scared!
Prince Pompadore and Kabumpo must find and save his missing
kingdom getting mixed up with a live wooden doll named
Peg-Amy, a giant rabbit named Wag, and old Ruggedo.
1. Kabumpo returns for further adventures in The
Purple Prince of Oz
2. When L. Frank Baum first introduced the 'Nome King' in
Ozma of Oz, and continuing until
his death in 1919, he spelled the word as 'Nome' and it is
in this book that Ms. Thompson decides to correct the "error"
by spelling the word correctly as 'Gnome' of course,
since Baum is THE Royal Historian of Oz, maybe it is not an
"error" after all.