often, young Mandy, the Goat Girl of Mount Mern, pursued her
goats up and down the rocky slopes of her native mountain.
And never - NEVER - in her 14 or so years' experience had
she ever been blown up the mountain!
trying to gather her goats, including her favorite, What-a-Butter,
Mandy (a young Mernite - a race of seven-handed people), the
slab of rock on which she stands is whisked into the air and
soon blown to Oz. She lands in Keretaria (a small area of
the blue Munchkin Country) and befriends Nox the white Royal
Ox (a gruff, pompous and opinionated creature, whom you will
love once you get to know him!). Nox decides that the maiden
with the seven arms is 'handy' and thereafter refers to her
as such. After hearing his story, Handy Mandy decides to help
him rescue his enslaved master, the hapless little King Kerry
- a prisoner of his uncle Kerr (who now sits on the throne)
and the Wizard of Wutz. Along the way they encounter Himself
the Elf of the silver hammer (actually, a leprechaun) who
does Handy's bidding.
villages and peoples including "Topsies" and "Hookers"
(sic), the "Hook Nose" (a tribe of kilted Highlanders
of the purple Gillikin Country). You will also be entertained
by Keretaria's evil triumvirant of courtiers, High Qui-questioner,
Imperial Persuader and Lord High Upper Dupper. The final appearance
by Ruggedo, the mean old, former Gnome King. Reduced to aiding
the Wizard Wutz and his agent, Number Five. He leaves our
tale standing tall and proud as a desert cactus and presumably
remains that way to this day.