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Book Title: Captain Salt in Oz|
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The size of the: 530 KB
ISBN 13: 9780929605487
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The author of the book: Ruth Plumly Thompson
Edition: Books of Wonder
Date of issue: June 1st 1996
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Possibly my least favorite Oz book to date. For having previous adventures set with tales of enchantments and quests to save magical kingdoms, this book was lackluster. The pacing was done quite poorly and the new and wondrous lands were nothing to write home about. It is possible that had Thompson expanded on some of these ideas it could have been much better. Cast was another flaw. Samuel Salt is an okay character, but really not necessarily title character worthy. Then there is Ato, to me he is a poor replacement for King Rinkitink and have thought that about him since Pirates in Oz (and not just because Neil's drawings for the two are similar). Roger the Read Bird is okay and has some fun lines throughout. The "child" character of this book is King Tandy who is found stranded on a tropical island. He is a flat and very boring and pointless character and the big climax of the book happens when Salt and crew take Tandy back to his home of Ozamaland. Climax is only a technical term however, as this resolution is even weaker than other Oz books who wrap up a little to neat and clean. And since Thompson is writing there must be a new animal introduced, this time Nikobo the hippo. She's nothing too special either I am afraid to say. I only hope the Fabulous Forty I read from here on out are more satisfying.
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Read information about the authorAn avid reader of Baum's books and a lifelong children's writer, Thompson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her writing career in 1914 when she took a job with the Philadelphia Public Ledger; she wrote a weekly children's column for the newspaper. She had already published her first children's book, The Perhappsy Chaps, and her second, The Princess of Cozytown, was pending publication when William Lee, vice president of Baum's publisher Reilly & Lee, solicited Thompson to continue the Oz series. (Rumors among fans that Thompson was Baum's niece were untrue.) Between 1921 and 1939, she wrote one Oz book a year. (Thompson was the primary supporter of her widowed mother and invalid sister, so that the annual income from the Oz books was important for her financial circumstances.)
Thompson's contributions to the Oz series are lively and imaginative, featuring a wide range of colorful and unusual characters. However, one particular theme repeats over and over throughout her novels, with little variation. Typically in each of Thompson's Oz novels, a child (usually from America) and a supernatural companion (usually a talking animal), while traveling through Oz or one of the neighboring regions, find themselves in an obscure community where the inhabitants engage in a single activity. The inhabitants of this community then capture the travelers, and force them to participate in this same activity.
Another major theme has elderly characters, most controversially, the Good Witch of the North, being restored to "marriageable" age, possibly because Thompson herself never married. She had a greater tendency toward the use of romantic love stories (which Baum usually avoided in his fairy tales, with about 4 exceptions). While Baum's child protagonists tended to be little girls, Thompson's were boys. She emphasized humor to a greater extent than Baum did, and always considered her work for children, whereas Baum, while first and foremost considering his child audience, knew that his readership comprised all ages.
Thompson's last Oz story, The Enchanted Island of Oz(1976), was not originally written as an Oz book.
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