The Gnome King of Oz (The Wonderful Oz Books, #21) Paperback – Sep 12 1985
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But even though a worthy addition to the Oz canon, THE GNOME KING OF OZ is a little hit and miss. The basic story revolved around Scraps, the Patchwork Girl, the Gnome King, and another of Thompson's generic boy heroes, this one from her own Philadelphia named Peter.
The story picks up as a sort of sequel to KABUMPO IN OZ, at the end of which the Gnome King is banished to the Lonely Isle/Runaway Island as it is referred to both during the book. Scraps has been kidnapped by the Quilties of Patch and made their Queen who has to slave away in the castle of Patch. Peter, the boy from Philadelphia, buys a balloon bird and flies off over the Nonestic Ocean, ending up on Ruggedo's island.
The story is interesting, and some great new characters are introducted, such as Wumbo the Wonder Worker, Kuma Party, and Ozwold the oztrich. But other elements fall very flat. The useless bear Grumpy only bumbles along with Scraps on her adventures, and Peter doesn't grow very much as a character at all. His only real development in the story is in him realizing the Gnome King isn't the greatest of Oz folk to know.
But then again the story is fun, and has some good twists that can be quite surprising if you haven't read PIRATES IN OZ, which gives away the entire ending of THE GNOME KING OF OZ.
Great for a rainy day or something light to read.