Ojo, the young Munchkin boy who was first introduced in The
Patchwork Girl of Oz? Well, one day Ojo is sitting quietly
in the blue Munchkin cottage which he shares with his beloved
Unk Nunkie, when along came a band of gypsies the Raggle
Taggle Band of Gypsies, to be precise. Among the gypsies are
Zinaro who lures Ojo to the gypsy camp, and Noma who lures
the unsuspecting lad into one of their rattle-trap wagons.
In no time, Ojo is their captive and the wagon carries him
away from Unk Nunkie and home.
why do the gypsies want Ojo? How is he, a small boy, in any
way valuable to them? The surprise answer is worth waiting
befriends the also-captive Snufferbux, an accordion-playing,
dancing bear. This poor brown bear suffered five years of
captivity by the gypsy band before both he and Ojo are eventually
rescued by Realbad, Chief of the forest bandits. Fortunately,
despite his name, Realbad ends up being neither real-bad nor
a real-bandit. The Forest Bandits are sort of the Robin Hoods
of the Munchkin Forest. Realbad is aided by Slayrum, Tiny
and Smackemback, as well as others.
and Realbad become very fond of each other and along with
the most beloved Princess Dorothy (formerly Dorothy Gale of
Kansas) adventure through the Munchkin Country. Together they
encounter X-Pando, the flexible man of Moocher Mountain, free
Crystal City from the Blue Dragon, visit Queen Roganda of
Unicorners (where unicorns come from, of course!), encounter
Dicksey Land and their unpleasant, third dictator, Dickus
(as well as Reachard a long-armed reacher who has eyes
on his fingertips and can reach almost anywhere in Oz!) and
a host of other strange places.
also learn in this adventure about the clockmaker named Mooj,
who once separated an entire royal family of Oz. Where is
the King of Seebania and his queen, Isomere? And what ever
became of their son?