happened to Pastoria (Ozma's father), King of Oz in the old
days, long before the Wizard came to Oz and erected the Emerald
question has been asked many times. Long an Oz mystery, this
book settles the matter at last. You won't be surprised to
learn that the old witch Mombi (first introduced and then
rendered powerless in The Marvelous
Land of Oz) is involved.
before Mombi was made powerless, she had left the Land of
Oz ruler-less after transforming the original royal family
of Oz and its King, Pastoria (this included the infant princess
Ozma whom she then raised as the young boy Tip). Since then,
she has taken up as the cook in King Kinda Jolly's buttony
Kingdom of Kimbaloo in the purple Gillikin Country.
day, she is presented with a goose to roast whom she
recognizes as Pajuka, Pastoria's former prime minister (prior
to being turned into a goose, that is). Although Mombi has
forgotten where Pastoria is, she decides to find him and place
him on the throne of Oz, thus deposing her enemy, Ozma.
abducting a young Gillikin boy named Snip, she sets out on
her quest to find Pastoria. Snip manages to outwit Mombi and
find Pastoria, who is now a tailor after Mombi condemned him
to live (with amnesia!) among the Blanks of Blankenberg, just
under the surface of the Gillikin Country.
entangled in Pastoria's history is Humpy, a Hollywood stunt
dummy and her Maltese Majesty, the Queen of Catty Corners.
freed of Mombi's enchantment, Pastoria proves to be a delightful
old man who has not the slightest desire to despose his daughter
Ozma nor to be king of anything! He is perfectly happy with
his little tailor shop in the Emerald City with Snip as his