Hokus of Pokes (first introduced in The Royal
Book of Oz) once of Merrie Olde England but more
recently of the Country of Pokes in Oz is always ready
for new exploits. He relishes nothing more than the slaying
of a herd of dragons or the rescuing of a bevy of beautiful
princesses (which Oz seems to have an abundance of!).
he grows restless of calm, quiet Emerald City life, he decides
to go on a quest... but after the whole castle decides to
join him in the fun, he quietly slips off with his friend
the Comfortable Camel.
finding some magic dates in the Comfortable Camel's saddle
sacks, Sir Hokus disenchants a suckle vine (who had formerly
been a jester named Peter Pun) and together in the yellow
Winkie Country they find a deserted castle made of gold. The
deserted castle seems to have been abandoned for many centuries!
the Sultan of Samandra - one of the greatest of ozzy villians
- lost his camel many centuries ago. So, he did what we all
would do if we lost our camels he conquered the neighboring
kingdoms of Corabia and Corumbia, of course, enchanting their
rulers and citizens by turning them into fishes and trees!
Now (500 years later) he decides HIS camel is the Emerald
City's own Comfortable Camel. So off he sends his Grand Vizier,
Tuzzle, to retrieve his camel.
in still another part of the world, a little boy named Speedy
from Long Island, New York USA, prematurely blasts off in
a homemade rocketship destination Mars. However, he
crashes back to earth, only to land far below the Winkie Country
in the underground Kingdom of Subterranea.
I mention the golden statue that turns into the very lovely
Princess Marygolden? Did I mention that one should never whisper
secrets to one's Imperial Puppy (Confido) in case the silky-eared
pup decides to speak up and reveal all? Did I mention those
As Speedy left Oz, he promised to return one day a
promise which he fulfilled in his own book, the aptly titled
Speedy in Oz.