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Ojo in Oz (Wonderful Oz Books (Paperback)) Paperback – 29 Jul 2008
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The story is of the Munchkin boy, Ojo. He is kidnapped by gypsies and then kidnapped again by a band of robbers. All of this is done for the sake of a bounty on his head. In typical Oz fashion, he visits some new realms with stange inhabitants, makes some new friends and learns about himself. This is a good story.
The quality of this work runs agains the usual trends in Thompson's Oz books. Some of her other books are good but the good ones tend to concentrate on characters she created herself. Many of the Oz standards put in cameo appearances in those stories but, until now, the old standbys have had short shrift in her better stories. The ones in which she does concentrate on the Baum inheritance tend to be more tentative and it is almost as if she is uncomfortable working with them. That is not the case in this book.
Ojo and Unc Nunkie are characters from Baum's PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ. They are the focus of this story and, in this case, they become Thompson's own creations. They are well developed and fun to follow. Realbad is a new character but likewise shows good development as the bandit leader. Snufferbux the bear is also an original creation and is most enjoyable as an old curmudgeon and Ojo's friend.
I hope that the remaider of Thompson's corpus will prove as good as this one.