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The Silver Princess of Oz

Ruth Plumly Thompson

Book Overview: 

Young King Randy of Regalia is visited by his old friend, Kabumpo, the Elegant Elephant of Pumperdink. Together, they set out to visit their friend Jinnicky the Red Jinn in the Land of Ev. On the way, they meet Planetty, the silver Princess from Anuther Planet, and her fire-breathing thunder colt. When they reach Jinnicky's palace, they find that Jinnicky has been deposed and enchanted by an untrustworthy slave! Can Randy and Kabumpo defeat Gludwig and restore peace and justice to Ev?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The buttons on the guard's uniform were illuminated and spelled out his name, "WINKS."

"Well, do I surprise you?" inquired Winks, shaking the pebbles from his shoulders and rubbing his eyes with his yellow-gloved hands. Kabumpo, too amused to speak, nodded.

"And you surprise me," admitted the guard, gaping three times just to prove it, "you big, enormous, impossible whatever you are—you! Why, you should have been underground months ago! But that'll all be taken care of," he added smoothly. "Just follow the arrows and you cannot miss—just follow the arrows—just fol—"

As Kabumpo, fuming from what he considered a mortal insult, lunged forward, the little soldier's eyes fell shut again. Held more by curiosity than by a desire to continue the conversation, Kabumpo waited for the next bucket of pebbles to shower over the guard.

"'Low the arrows," went on Winks as calmly as if he had not been interrupted at. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Reading the seventeenth book in Thompson's Continuing Oz series, it becomes even more evident that she was writing during a very interesting, problematic time in United States history. The Silver Princess in Oz was a remarkable book to read and I did enjoy it, but I couldn't help but notice several

This is book number 32 in the Oz series, and by this point there’s very much a blueprint for success that Thompson is following. Although there are also a few unique bits and bobs that are worth a mention, too.

You can expect to see a bunch of old friends here, most notably Randy and Kabumbo, who end

It's the eightieth anniversary of the publication of this book, which I used as an excuse to give it a reread. This isn't really one of my favorites, despite having some of my favorite characters, I think largely because it aged poorly. I won't start by addressing the elephant in the room, which isn

Nowhere close to the charm, magic, and inventiveness of the originals. These books should not be considered Oz canon.

What would have been one of Thompson's better Oz books is severely let down by the racist caricatures in the last part of the book.