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Rinkitink in OZ Hardcover – April 24, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Books of Wonder
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688147208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688147204
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is in Electronic Paperback Format. If you view this book on any of the computer systems below, it will look like a book. Simple to run, no program to install. Just put the CD in your CDROM drive and start reading. The simple easy to use interface is child tested at pre-school levels.

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Includes Quiet Vision's Dynamic Index. the abilty to build a index for any set of characters or words.

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This Electronic Paperback is read aloud by an actor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Book 10 in L. Frank Baum's beloved OZ series, in which young Prince Inga of Pingaree is aided by King Rinkitink and Bilbil the goat in rescuing his royal parents from the clutches of Kaliko the Nome King. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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And I would recommend this book to whoever is looking for a good fantasy story.
Michelle Hillaert
It is a wonderful adventure story that has great characters such as King Rinkitink, Bilbil and Inga and a fantastic plot that makes it a feel good read.
T. J. Plunkett
Books of Wonder has reprinted the original 1916 edition of Rinkitink in Oz with color dust jacket and cover.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By F. Orion Pozo on July 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Books of Wonder has reprinted the original 1916 edition of Rinkitink in Oz with color dust jacket and cover. This is a truly beautiful book with 12 color plates and nearly 100 black-and-white drawings by John R. Neill, the famous illustrator of almost all the Oz books.
Rinkitink is the fat, lazy, and irresponsible king of the small kingdom of Rinkitink which lies on the shore of Baum's imaginary Nonestic Ocean. He is too lazy to walk any great distance and keeps a surly saddled goat named Bilbil near him always to provide him with transportation. His redeeming qualities are his jovial nature, his great love of life, and his ability to burst into spontaneous laughter or song. The story of the book mainly takes place on islands in the Nonestic Ocean and begins when Rinkitink, tired of the responsibilities of ruling, sneaks away without telling anyone where he is going. He visits Pingaree where Prince Inga is a quiet boy who spends much of his time reading books in a tree.
Pingaree is a rich kingdom and is attacked by marauders soon after Rinkitink arrives. They loot and sack the island taking all the islanders back to their own islands of Regos and Coregos as slaves. Prince Inga, Rinkitink, and Bilbil are overlooked and left stranded on Pingaree. How can a lazy overweight king, a shy boy, and a surly goat rescue the Pingareeans? This is the drama of Rinkitink in Oz.
The characters are among the best developed in any of Baum's work. The plot is tight and exciting. Danger and force are confronted with a charming grace that marks Baum's best works. Also, this is my favorite Oz book to read aloud. Rinkitink's joviality, laughter and songs are great for recitation.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Picardo on November 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
As much as L. Frank Baum loved Oz, it always frustrated him that none of his other books ever attained the popularity that his Oz books did. He therefore came up with a technique that allowed him to write other books but still give them the exposure that only his Oz books had. He would write the book he wanted to write, have the characters visit Oz at some point (usually at the end) and call it an Oz book. Rinkitink in Oz is a classic example of this. It is the story of a boy prince, a talking goat and the good king Rinkitink, a fat man who enjoys a good laugh and a good meal. Circumstances force them to work as a team when the island that the boy people lives on is raided and all of his people, including his parents, are taken as slaves.
The set-up is great. The plot believable and the action exciting. The only unfortunate element is that Baum felt he had to bring Oz into the story in order to sell copies of this book. It is apparent from reading it that he had conceived the story as a completely independent project, but threw a brief visit to Oz in at the end so that it could be mentioned in the title.
In fact, most of the action is already completed by the time Oz comes up. The islanders have been saved and returned home. The conquerers defeated. The only thing left to do is for the prince to rescue his parents, who had been placed in the custody of the Nome king. Both he and Rinkitink undergo a series of tests in the underground kingdom, which they pass successfully. At this point Baum could have (and probably wanted to) have them rescue the parents and go home heroes. End of story. Unfortunately, however, he needed to work Oz into the story, so after putting his heroes through all the trials and challenges, he deprives them of the ultimate victory.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee Edward Fodi on June 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a child, this book always confused me a bit, mostly because there was so little Oz in it. And, as such, I found it disappointing (I mean this guy gets a book before the Cowardly Lion? Before the Hungry Tiger? Heck, even before Billina?). As an adult, I can look at "Rinkitink in Oz" with a bit more objectivity and see that it is a wonderful fantasy novel, but unfortunately, the thing an Oz fan wants the most of...is Oz! In "Rinkitink," Oz does not come into play until the very end and it all feels a bit contrived, a bit of a "throw-in." Of course, students of Oz will know that this is just the case, for "Rinkitink" was one of those many non-Oz novels that Baum tried to write, but being held hostage by his fans (who were ever demanding more Oz stories), he converted this book for inclusion in the Oz series. As I have said, it is a well-done story, written in the true spirit of fantasy (ah..the three pearls; how I longed to get my hands on them as a child) and there are some wonderful characterizations (the obvious being Rinkitink; but I was always a fan of Bilbil the goat). So, if you're hungry for Oz, you might want to put this one at the bottom of the pile--but, like all works by Baum--it's well worth the read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1997
Format: Paperback
An "Oz" book only in that it is a fantasy, the nome king fits in peripherally, and there are some deus-ex-machina intrusions of Oz characters at the end. Actually better than some of the more traditionally "Oz-y" books, the dangerous situations seems more dangerous, the devices a little more like traditional fantasy than the fairy tail world of Oz. Excellent kids fantasy whether they like Oz material or no, and even better for us older kids
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