story is something like the fairy tales of old, wherein the
prince must accept challenges, conquer, and perform feats
of daring before he can become king or win the beautiful princess.
who finds himself in just such a situation is young Prince
Randywell Handywell Brandenburg Bumpadoo, the Prince of the
Purple Mountains. Better known simply as Prince Randy, he
is a prince in the tiny Kingdom of Regalia (which is perched
atop the Purple Mountains of the Gillikin Country).
visiting the neighboring kingdom of Pumperdink, Prince Randy
criticizes the king's favorite grapes (after eating them all)
and claims they are sour. For this, he is sentenced to 'dipping',
but luckily he wins the friendship of Kabumpo the elegant
elephant (first introduced in Kabumpo
in Oz), who makes Prince Randy his attendant.
at dinner, a wandering magician entertains the Royal Family
of Pumperdink. However, after picking magic fire roses they
disappear! It is then left to Prince Randy and Kabumpo to
save the day.
are soon misdirected across the Deadly Desert by Soothsayer,
the only fortune teller in the Gillikin Country. There, in
the Land of Ev, Randy and Kabumpo find the castle of Jinnicky
the Red Jinn. This thoroughly likable character lives in a
jar stuffed full of magic which he only uses to help those
whose cause is just. If just so happens that Prince Randy
is one of those people. After enough encounters to fill ten
Oz books, he proves himself every inch a king.
the interesting personages you will meet in this exciting
tale, are: Alibabble, Grand Vizier to Jinnicky the Red Jinn;
Addie the adding adder, royal serpent to Jinnicky; King Kumup
and Queen Godown of Stairway Town; Nandywog the 'little' giant;
Kojo the three-legged Tripedalian; Ozwog the wozard (not quite
a 'wizard'); Too Too the Second (King and Double King of the
City of Double Up in the yellow Winkie Country); and Queen
Torpedora of Torpedo Town (where everything is very hot, fiery,
Just as L. Frank Baum wrote a direct sequel to one of his
specific tales (The Patchwork
Girl of Oz is the sequel to The
Marvelous Land of Oz), so does Ms. Thompson with this
tale, being a direct sequel to the popular Kabumpo