Kingdom of Ragbad (in the red Quadling Country of the South)
is in pretty bad shape. The Queen does the sewing and mending
for her people, there aren't any new clothes, and the extravagant
King Fumbo (who is actually the reason why the Kingdom of
Ragbad is in such a state of poverty) went out into a windy
storm one day and lost his head... really lost his head!
is how things are when Grampa, the old retired soldier, steps
forward and declares that something must be done. And Grampa
does it. With handsome Prince Tatters, he starts out in search
of the king's head, a fortune, and a princess for Prince Tatters.
in Perhaps City in the Maybe Mountains of the yellow Winkie
Country, Abrog the royal prophet foresees that the beautiful
Princess Pretty Good will marry a monster in four days time
unless someone else marries her. He, of course, volunteers
to do so saving her from a monstrous fate. Fortunately
for Princess Pretty Good, her father King Peer refuses Abrog's
"selfless" offer. Unfortunately for Princess Pretty
Good, she and Abrog disappear...
to reappear as Gorba ('Abrog' spelled backwards) the wizard.
In an effort to hide the Princess Pretty Good, he tries to
turn her into a chunk of mud. Leave it to Perce Vere, the
Forgetful Poet of Perhaps City (or can never quite remember
the last word of his rhymes) to find the missing princess.
As he heads down the mountain, he meets Dorothy who is on
her way to the Emerald City. Eventually, everyone meets up
and everything is resolved in the most miraculous ways!
the many new characters in this book of whom you will be very
fond is Bill, the cast-iron weathercock. Formerly perched
atop a building in Chicago, Illinois USA, until a bolt a lightening
brought him to life and he flew blindly into a gale (a 'storm'
gale, not a 'Dorothy Gale'), landing in the Quadling Country