Title: Grampa in Oz
Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson
Page Count/Review Word Count: 234
This might be the weakest of the Plumly Thompson trips to Oz that I’ve read so far, and I can’t quite put my finger on exactly why that is. I don’t think there was anything specifically wrong with it, it’s just that it didn’t strike the same chord with me that her others did.
I think that’s born out by the fact that even though I planned to tab it out as I went along, there just wasn’t enough in there for me to get a video review out of it. It was an okay story and it was competently told, but there just isn’t much to say about it.
I think part of that is because there were fewer gags, and it’s often the puns in these books that get me reaching for my sticky tabs. Even when she did work in a pun or two, they either fell flat or just weren’t at their best.
I think that’s a good thing in some ways though, because the reason that there are fewer jokes is that she’s focussing more heavily on the story line. For perhaps the first time in my memory, we have an Oz story that makes some sense. Ironically, I’m not actually sure that’s a good thing.