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Pirates in Oz (Wonderful Oz Books, No 25) Paperback – May 12 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; Ballantine Bks Trade ed. edition (May 12 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345330994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345330994
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 372 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #934,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this rousing adventure story, the Gnome King returns from exile and plots to conquer Oz yet again, this time with a band of pirates at his side. Samuel Salt, a renegade pirate, joins up with Peter, Roger the Read Bird, Pigasus the flying pig and the thrill-seeking king of the Octagon Isle to thwart the Gnome's scheme. Beautiful illustrations, plenty of action and a heavy dose of Ruth Plumly Thompson-style humor make this a rousing tale indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Boy's Adventure that will appeal to Boys and Girls May 2 2005
By John A Lee III - Published on
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Most of Ruth Plumly Thompson's Oz books cannot compare to those of L. Frank Baum. That is still true but her later ones are a lot closer and show a steady improvement. In general, she tends to use her own character creations for the main story line and rely on Baum's for window dressing. That is still true but it is also true that the quality of writing for her own characters is better. That is the case with Peter in this volume

This is Peter's 3rd trip to the magical kingdoms. He is a young boy from Philadelphia and is a strong character with all the youthful exuberance to be expected of a young boy. In this story, he hooks up with a soft hearted pirate and a king whose subjects have rebelled. They learn that the pirate's mutinous crew and the king's erstwhile subjects have joined forces with the gnome king who is out to conquer Oz yet again. Most of the action in this book takes place outside of Oz. That was the case with some of Baum's best work and it also seems to be the case for Thompson.

The adventure story is a good one and John R. Neil's illustrations must be considered definitive for all things Oz. This one is worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely has its moments Dec 25 2008
By Theodore Shulman - Published on
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Like too many Oz books (including Baum's), it's pretty much a wander-around-meeting-weirdos story with minimal plot. But this one has some great stuff in it. Starting with Pigasus, the flying pig. When I want to explain, briefly, to a novice, what's great about RP Thompson, I describe Pigasus. And Ruggedo's adventures are absorbing, and we get the best pictures of him, cowering and snarling. PIRATES is his last major appearance; in HANDY MANDY he's a bit part. PIRATES is also his most sympathetic appearance. We are actually glad, for instance, when he gets to eat and rest well as King of Menankypoo rather than sleeping on the ground. And you'll cheer for him when he uses the Standing Stick on the pirates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates in Oz Jan. 23 2013
By Jeannette R. Barton - Published on
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One of Thompson's best this is the second time I have bought this book for myself. I am 73 years old..
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5.0 out of 5 stars pirates in oz Jan. 23 2014
By R. Eric Setzler - Published on
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pirates in oz from the wonderful oz books no.25 contains another great story line by Ruth Plumly Thomson. Super neat
3.0 out of 5 stars Ozma really should get a better defense system... Jan. 26 2013
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The Deadly Desert was once a viable defense system, for at least three books that is.
By Thompson's day we have all sorts of ways across, even pirates are coming across!
This is a decent story that's often held back by Thompson's need for ridiculous puns that Baum would have probably even shunned, however, some of those puns also really make the book!
Pigasus is great and even though I disliked the Menankypoo people at first, I realized how unique they are.