Rinkitink in Oz

ISBN: 1421818914
ISBN 13: 9781421818917
By: L. Frank Baum

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Here is a story with a boy hero, and a boy of whom you have never before heard. There are girls in the story, too, including our old friend Dorothy, and some of the characters wander a good way from the Land of Oz before they all assemble in the Emerald City to take part in Ozma's banquet. 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.

Reader's Thoughts

Don Gubler

Even after all the years still as good as anything before or since.


Mostly weird, random and I'm not sure my age has anything to do with my reaction. Apparently, though vast and amazing, Oz is not big enough for all the adventures and this is one of the adventures that starts outside of Oz in a place other than the United States. The "in Oz" identifier is valid - Rinkitink does eventually get to Oz, but not permanently. The new king of the Nomes turns out to be far less good when he doesn't have an evil king to be compared to - but Dorothy fixes him.

Jeni Enjaian

A review from my old blog...It's been a while since I read the Wizard of Oz and I've never read anything else by Frank L. Baum so I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I opened this book. In addition, I'd heard that some of Baum's books get a little dark. I didn't know if this book was one of them. Thankfully I was wrong.I loved this cute book. Of course everything works out for the protagonist, young Prince Inga, and he learns some life lessons along the way. Even though this type of story has been told many times before in countless slightly varied ways I enjoyed Baum's take on a traditional theme and the lovable... somewhat hilarious King Rinkitink. I still don't understand though why the book is named for Rinkitink when the story centers around Inga, his home and kingdom, and not in Oz at all. The only connection to Oz is the fact that Dorothy enters the book at the very end. Hmm... I guess this means that I'll just have to read the other books about Oz.


(4.5) I remembered almost everything about this one - I think I read it a lot as a kid, and I reread it within the last couple years. It's still good! Baum warns us in the intro that it is a different kind of Oz book than the others, and he's right. The key difference is really in the plot: It is more cohesive and less episodic, essentially. There is an overarching and very specific goal - Inga wants to free the people of Pingaree and especially his parents - and there are few if any distractions en route to success, and the small obstacles build to the bigger ones rather than just being more or less sequential and otherwise unrelated (cf. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Road to Oz, the Patchwork Girl of Oz, and even the beginning of Scarecrow of Oz). Maybe that's actually one of the reasons I like Ozma of Oz so much, because it is plotted almost as well as this one.I like Inga, although I miss the girls, and Zella is kind of a non-person. Bilbil is obviously my favorite. I enjoy the magic pearls and the way they're not entirely panaceas, especially when lost, although I sort of wish Inga et al. could save his parents without Baum's standard Ozian-ex-machina help at the end (you know, the kind that usually manifests as Glinda swooping in to fix at the end what she could have fixed at the beginning, but almost as often involves Ozma and/or Dorothy watching the whole sequence of events in the Magic Picture until deciding to go save everyone).Anyway, this is a good one. (Aren't they all?)

Rich Meyer

Average entry in the Oz series, though it only qualifies as an Oz book because of a bit of deus ex machina in the end. It has some interesting characters, but it just doesn't have the panache of an Oz book that features the more noted Oz-ites (who do show up at the end, in the standard chapter re-introducing every single major character in the stories to inflate the word count).


The ninth in the series of Oz is only nominally related to Oz, and is one of the best stories written by Frank Baum in the series. This story focuses on a whole new land, far from Oz, but not from their influence, and brings back the Nome King in the narrative. I liked the story with the Stoic prince, the fool of a King, and the cynic of a goat. The only thing that would have made the story better would be a marriage of the servant girl and the prince she helped, even though her family was saved by his people.

Michael Tildsley

Very unrealistic and utopian, but with a sound message for children. A good book in early American fantasy, though a bit darker and grittier, at least earlier on, than most Oz books. In fact, if not for some last chapter cameos from Dorothy, the Wizard, and a holiday in the Emerald City, this would almost not be a book set in Oz at all. However, I enjoyed the story and the new characters in this Oz volume. There's a fairy tale feel to all the Oz books, and a familiarity. It's like walking into a new house and feeling like you used to live there as a kid.


One of the best Oz books I've read yet! I read in the afterword that Baum actually intended this as a non-Oz book originally (no surprise, since the Oz part at the end seemed an afterthought and somewhat contrived). It tells the story of Prince Inga, who rescues his parents and the people of his island nation with the help of three magic pearls. King Rinkitink is a funny character; I love his laugh. I'm glad Baum decided to re-purpose this book into his Oz series—I'm sure many more people read it as a result.

Andrew Brady

Maybe Baum was getting better as he wrote these books. Though the ending was quite lacking, but that has come to be expected in the series.


This was connected to Oz by only the most tenuous of threads, but it's certainly a spiritual cousin to it. The further into the series we get, the further from the characters that I love, but I actually still enjoyed this one more than I expected to. Also, I think Bilbil the goat might be my spirit animal.


This Oz novel was more cohesive than some others I have read. It had a nicely developed plotline, but - of course - it also included the obligatory rescue by the beloved characters of Oz along with a celebratory banquet. Fun and somewhat whimsical.


I have to give this book four stars because it is an old favorite. This particular volume, printed in 1916, belonged to our mother, and was recently restored for us by daughter Susan's friend Marianna, who is also a Goodreads member. She did an excellent job. The hero is Prince Inga of Pingaree, who has the misfortune to have his parents captured and enslaved by the King and Queen of Regos and Coregos. He was up in a tree reading when the raid ensued, and two others who were overlooked were King Rinkitink and his talking goat, Bilbil, who happened to be visiting. The adventure begins after the three magic pearls are unearthed. Great fun!

Nicole Luiken

Reading this series to my children. I've read most before, but not this one. Despite the title, the main character is Prince Inga who lives in a kingdom nearby Oz. One of Baum's better plotted ones: instead of random adventures Prince Inga has a goal (saving his parents) which he pulls off using the magic of three pearls.Quibble: the Oz stuff at the end wasn't truly needed

William Dickerson

This was a fun story, but it has almost nothing to do with the Land of Oz. Also, I'm not sure why it was named after Rinkitink since he seemed to be a secondary character to Inga. Don't expect to see Dorothy until the last 5 chapters, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying this story on its own.www.lockheed40books.com

Joshua Gross

I like this one a little better. It's surprising the number of Oz books that don't actually take place in Oz. In a lot of them, the main action of the book takes place somewhere else and then ends with some grand banquet at the Emerald City. Also, often a book's title has little to do with the actual contents, such as this one. Rinkitink was in the book a lot and was a main character, but he was not the main protagonist and was mostly along for the ride. Also, he spent maybe one chapter actually in Oz.

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