Rinkitink, the fat and jolly king, along with Bilbil, his grouchy goat, arrive at the peaceful island of Pingaree where vast quantities of pearls are harvested every year. During their visit, Pingaree is attacked by warriors from the islands of Regos and Coregos who carry off the entire inhabitants of the island. Only Rinkitink, Bilbil and Prince Inga escape. They set off together to rescue the prince’s people, aided by three magic pearls: a pink pearl that will protect its owner from all dangers, a blue pearl that will give to the person who carries it a strength so great that no power can resist him, and a pure white pearl, which can speak, and its words are always wise and helpful. Their quest leads them across the Nonestic Ocean to the islands of Regos and Coregos and, eventually, to the dark underground domains of the Nome King himself, where Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz arrive just in time.
I hadn’t read the Oz books in quite some time, so going back through and re-reading them was a delight. They’re written in a style that people of all ages can enjoy and love. Rinkitink is always laughing and the three magic pearls add an exciting twist to a wonderful story. Rinkitink in Oz was and is one of my favorites.