Title: Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz
Author: Ruth Plumly Thompson
Page Count/Review Word Count: 228
Okay, so by this point, I feel as though Ruth Plumly Thompson is running out of ideas, although to be fair to her, I think she lasted longer than L. Frank Baum did. And to be even fairer to her, running out of ideas is basically one of the key themes of the Oz series, anyway.
Still, this book was okay, if you don’t mind having more of the same. I mean, we’re talking about a book that’s so derivative of what’s come before that I got a quarter of the way through it and had to check Goodreads to make sure that I wasn’t accidentally re-reading it.
The good news is that there are a lot of fun gags here, as well as some cracking wordplay, and we’re starting to get to a point at which I actually think that Thompson is doing a better job with the series than Baum did.
And while I didn’t start reading the Oz books until I was an adult and wasn’t a particular fan of the movie as a kid, there’s a quality to this that makes me nostalgic. It’s happened with the other Oz books, but this is where I’ve felt it the most.