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Rinkitink in OZ [Hardcover]

L. Frank Baum , John R. Neill
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Book Description

April 24, 1998 8 - 12 years3 and upBooks of Wonder

Meet Rinkitink--a kindhearted king who's as fat and jolly as old Saint Nick himself! When the jovial monarch sails for a visit to the island kingdom of Pingaree, he and his talking goat, Bilbil, are welcomed with open arms. Before long, Rinkitink's lighthearted ways and merry songs endear him to the king and queen of Pingaree, as well as to their son, Prince Inga.

But when the peaceful isle is invaded by fierce warriors, everyone from the rulers to the smallest child is taken off in chains. Only Prince Inga, Rinkitink, and Bilbil escape the conquerors. And so the three friends set out--aided by the magical Pearls of Pingaree--to rescue the prince's people.

Their perilous quest takes them across the vast Nonestic Ocean to the terrible islands of Regos and Coregos to the dark underground domains of the Nome King. Victories are followed by setbacks, which are in turn followed by strokes of good fortune. Just when it seems our friends have met their match in the clever Nome King, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz arrive to lend a hand.

First published in 1916, this handsome new edition of a much-loved classic features all twelve of John R. Neill's original color plates as well as his nearly one hundred black-and-white drawings.

Thrilling tale of adventure from a master storyteller, Rinkitink in Oz is sure to enjoyed by Oz fans far and wide and by all who delight in tales of enchantment and adventure.

When the king and queen are kidnapped and their country enslaved, it's up to the handsome young prince and his friends to save the day. But to defeat such foes as the Chuggenmugger-a beast so ferocious it devours dragons-even the prince must receive help from Dorothy, the Wizard, and their Oz companions. With all twelve of the original full-color plates, this handsome new edition of a beloved classic is sure to be enjoyed by all.

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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.

Windows 3.11, Windows/95, Windows/98, OS/2 and MacIntosh and Linux with Windows Emulation.

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

This Electronic Paperback is illustrated.

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.

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: 9.3 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting adventure with great characters 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better fantasy than more 'ozzie' books in series. February 7, 1997
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book...just a little light on OZ 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful - for all ages June 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Baum has combined magic, suspense, adventure and pure delight into this wonderful odyssey. It's as fun to read today as it was over forty years ago.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 9th wonder of the book world July 26, 2001
Format:Hardcover
Rinkitink in Oz is one of the most extraordinary books in all the world. In which King Rinkitink travels to his neighboring island. His goat can talk. And kind of is a smart aleic.While he visits the island. The king tells his son of the three magnifcent pearls. They are all different colors. Blue for strength, pink for Guarding & white for guidance. The white one will tell him everything he wants to know. The king shows him where he hides the pearls in case of an emergency. The other two islands neighboring them is there enemy. They are mighty, strong & courageous. Those islands capture all of them except Rinkitink, The prince & the goat. Next they go on a quest to free there people. It is quite an amazing story & i rate it 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars part of the "Books of Wonder" series January 30, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I don't know why Amazon's page doesn't mention this, but what Amazon is calling their "Rinkitink in Oz (Hardcover)" is indeed in the "Books of Wonder" series that the other hardbounds are in, all with dust jackets and illustrations by John Neill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so much Oz, still a lot of enjoyment. October 8, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I was never really bothered by the missing Oz elements in Rinkitink in Oz. Despite the fact that the majority of the action takes place outside the Impassible Desert, Rinkitink is still a worthy entry in the Oz series. As a child, it was actually one of my favorites-- something about the three pearls, the talking goat, and young Prince Inga really sparked my imagination.

In this book, Prince Inga of Pingaree must work to save his parents and his people from the warlike people of Regos and Coregos. He sets about this task with the help of both three magic pearls and the incorrigible King Rinkitink. When their quest takes them to the Nome kingdom, Dorothy decides that it is time to help him in his efforts...

It is true that it does not have many of the familiar Oz characters, and that when they do appear it has the strong feeling of an afterthought. Still, it is a strong and magical story in its own right, and one worth reading as part of the series. In his introduction, Baum says:

"Indeed, I think you will find this story quite different from the other histories of Oz, but I hope you will not like it the less on that account."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 year old daughter loved it
got this book for by daughter on her kindle and she very much enjoyed it, but then again she seems to like almost anything she reads.
Published 4 months ago by M. Nolan
4.0 out of 5 stars Promotional in Oz
This book will have you believing everything in it and it's a great children's book. It's about a magical adventure of a boy who seeks his parents.
Published 7 months ago by Nicolas
3.0 out of 5 stars Rinkitink in Oz
I got it out of the library once and it was all right. It's not one of my personal favorites, but it's an okay book
Published 10 months ago by Barbara Gerish
4.0 out of 5 stars OZ
L Frank Baum wrote for the fans and you can tell it in these novels, but if I were you I'd break down and pay $0.99 for the whole collection on Kindle. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steven Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Rinkitink in OZ
I just read this one not long ago. It was really good and very surprising to me. Of course in OZ you can make anything happen.
Published 10 months ago by Brandy Murrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful edition!!
I ordered the entire set and love them! The printing stays true to original formatting and illustrations, many of which are in color. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ajt
3.0 out of 5 stars book
its a book. you read it and figure out for yourself if you like it or not. its not the new best seller. its a tried and true classic. Read more
Published 11 months ago by LeAndre Hooks
3.0 out of 5 stars No pictures; many typographical errors
There are no pictures in this edition at all. Most, maybe all, of the original editions did have some pictures, which I would have liked to have seen. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Justin J. Rebbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Rinkitink anyone
Rinkitink of OZ is a little known OZ character. His story is an excellent free book. Pretty standard in the Frank L Baum OZ storybook line.
Published 16 months ago by Teresa
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I liked the imagination put into this book.
And I would recommend this book to whoever is looking
for a good fantasy story.
Published 17 months ago by Michelle Hillaert
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