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

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.

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.


Happy birthday, Ozma! This wasn't a favorite of mine when I was a kid, mainly because the Oz characters don't play a big role (and possibly because the book is far more serious than the name "Rinkitink" makes it sound), but it really is one of Baum's best books. The inclusion of Oz is a bit of a compromise because Inga plays no role in the actual rescue of his parents. It's done by the Oz characters, who are otherwise uninvolved in the story, but that's the book's only real weakness. Of course, the book was written in 1905 as King Rinkitink, which would have made it the first use of the Nome King (unless one counts the Gnome King in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Many have complained that the Nome King should have bee Roquat, but Klik, an obvious alteration of Kaliko for for the Chief Steward, is much meaner than Kaliko was in previous books, and Kaliko was not named in Ozma of Oz, unidentified only by his title, "Chief Steward."It was easy for me to imagine Peter Ustinov's voice as Rinkitink and Peter Sellers in Lionel Mandrake mode as Bilbil, butwhat I've read of Baum implies that he wasn't much of an anglophile and probably would not have imagined the characters with English accents, let alone Englishmen who hadn't been born yet at the time.The most impressive scenes were those of Zella coming into her newfound power with the pearls in the shoes, and that of her father rejecting wealth and power so that he need not be concerned with retaining it. Unfortunately, once the Oz characters show up it speeds to an end, a rather racist transformation procedure, and a less interesting character thanks to the Wizard's powers of observation, but overall, this is ranking much higher on my list of the best Oz books than it ever did when I was a child.


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 book was a refreshing change of pace from the usual story lines I started to complain about last review. Instead of the usual disaster, roam the land of oz, get rescued by Ozma or whatever we have a tale which mostly transpires outside the land of Oz on islands in the Nonenastic Ocean. In fact we don't see any of the usual Oz protagonists until the last few chapters. The action in this story is quick and exciting, the challenges unique and refreshing and the cast of characters were thoroughly enjoyable. I hope there are more like this casting an light on some of the different areas circling the fairy countries.


This was a bit more unusual than most of the other Oz books as it had very little to do with Oz itself. Only the last few chapters even had anything other than a passing mention of Oz. However the story was a pretty good one. It was a little more violent than previous stories, but nothing drastic. Also, the protagonist wasn't Rinkitink, as the title would lead you to believe (and as I mentioned, 98% of the story didn't take place in Oz), so the title is a bit misleading. But it was an enjoyable read nonetheless.

Don Gubler

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


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.

Elisabeth Hosmer

The 10 book of Oz, Rinkitink of OZ has very little to do with Oz actually. In fact only one chapter spends anytime in Oz at all. Instead it is about another fairy land across the desert and a grouping of islands that found themselves at war. The hero of this story is Inga, a young prince of Pingaree, who after his parents are captured by a rival King and Queen, uses magic and bravery to go after them and save his parents and his people. Armed with three magic pearls, Inga faces many dangers in an effort to save his family. Along to aid him are his friends King Rinkitnk and a talking goat, Bibil. The story is mostly set in new lands and only a few Oz favorites make reapperances at the end of the tale. This actually might be my favorite of the Oz books after the original.


(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?)

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.

Julia Brumfield

So far one of the better books in the Oz series and the main secret to that of course is the fact that Baum isn't writing about Oz until the very end. Once the author is given a chance to escape from the Oz chains or any of his other series he seems to put more effort and care into writing the book, which makes it refreshing. This was definitely one of my better enjoyed books although with the exception of Bilbil there weren't a lot of interesting characters. The book is a quick read and interesting while there aren't that many errors within this due to the same fact that Oz only appears towards the end. And the other refreshing thing is that Dorothy isn't all sweet and good sickenly so. Instead in the book she ends up coming off as a bully who isn't above using any ways to get what she wants.

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).


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!


Once again, Baum produced an excellent child's novel. I believe one can see the maturation of Baum as a writer as one progresses though the Oz books because this book had a much better story arc than most of his previous works. However, his love of deus ex machina to solve the story's main conflicts at the end still remains a sore point for me.Rinkitink in Oz almost has nothing to do with Oz whatsoever for the vast majority of the book. Instead it takes place on islands in the ocean that surrounds the countries that border on the deathly desert that surrounds Oz. When characters from Oz do show up in the story it feels hastily thrown in. Personally I think the story would have been better if Oz didn't play a role at all.If you enjoyed the Oz books thus far, you will likely enjoy this one. The pace of the story is good and there is plenty of action to keep the attention.

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