Speedy, the little boy who once arrived in Oz by a space rocket
from Long Island, New York USA in The
Yellow Knight of Oz?
this time his beloved Uncle Billy again misses out on the
adventure. Together, Uncle Billy and Speedy go camping in
Yellowstone National Park. While examining the skeleton of
a dinosaur, one of the park's famous geysers blows
sending Speedy and the skeleton remains sky high. The dino
skeleton magically becomes alive and thus is born Terrybubble
- an honest-to-goodness live dinosaur, with all of the lovable
characteristics of a faithful dog, without that all that annoying
flesh and skin. Because even alive, Terrybubble is still a
King Sizzeroo of Umbrella Island (an island so named because
everyone has an umbrella attached to them cows and
cats, too!) is bored and wishes to travel but without
leaving his island. Waddy the court magician cleverly solves
the problem by building a huge magic umbrella over the island.
Immediately, it became a floating island in the sky.
day, while floating over the red Quadling Country of Oz, Umbrella
Island accidentally hits Loxo the Lucky on the nose. Loxo
- a tremendous wandering giant - seizes the handle of Umbrella
Island and holds it captive, demanding King Sizzeroo's daughter,
Princess Gureeda, as a slave to tie his boots. The Princess
is so named because she reads so much and so greedily, but
she will soon find her own life as exciting as any she has
as the velocity of the geyser blow begins to slow, Speedy
worries about the old adage that "what goes up, must
come down" that is until Terrybubble suggests
they grab hold of the purple mountains that they are rapidly
approaching above them. Next thing they know, they are on
solid ground... still in the sky... on Umbrella Island.
young Speedy does a valiant job protecting Princess Gureeda,
outwitting Kachewka - Umbrella Island's crafty and unscrupulous
Royal Counselor - and fighting the forces of the Sea King,
aid eventually comes from old friends Ozma, Dorothy, the Wizard
of Oz, Scarecrow and Tin Woodman.
When asked in a 1963 interview to name her favorite Oz tale
of the 19 she had written, Ms. Thompson named Speedy in Oz
as the one she was most proud of.