Bucky Jones is aboard a tugboat in New York Harbor when the boiler blows up. He is soon blown into the Nonestic Ocean where he meets Davy Jones, a wooden whale. The pair take an undersea route to the Emerald City, and have many adventures along the way.
Neill's third book is the only Oz novel in which the American archetype of Uncle Sam appears as a (minor) character. His presence is doubtlessly linked to the book's publication during World War II. The original dust jacket of the first edition featured a note on the back, attributed to Bucky, urging the readers to buy war bonds, since the "Nazis and Japs are harder to beat than the Gnomes."
Lucky Bucky was published in Great Britain in 1945 by Hutchinson and Company — which is something of a curiosity, since most of the earlier Oz books had not appeared in English editions up to that time.
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