During the night, which seemed to all concerned the most hopeless night they’d ever had, Percy suddenly got the idea of trying to gnaw through the wood at the back of their giant bookcase prison. As the others sang to cover his noise, Percy slipped out through the hole he chewed open.
As he wondered how to get the others out, the Court Jester, a Rhyming Dictionary, caught him, but having been fired by the Royal Book and wanting to leave, he helped the party to escape from Bookville and indeed went with them. However, learning of the perils ahead, the Rhyming Dictionary elected to go to the Emerald City with Spots and there await everyone else’s return.
Now six, the party tried the road by Icetown which they knew they were approaching because of a sudden drop in temperature. The inhabitants of Icetown were even less friendly than those of Bookville, despite looking like typical jolly snowmen. The Chief Snowman, also ignorant of the fact the he owed allegiance to Ozma and the Tin Woodman, sentenced the travelers to be frozen into Snowmen like his subjects.
Imprisoned in the Deep Freezer, an igloo with its entrance blocked by a giant snowball, Dorothy, Jam, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the Hungry Tiger, and Percy were in even greater despair than they had been in the bookcase. Finally, the Scarecrow made the noble decision to sacrifice his straw to be burned so they could melt their way out of their prison.
This they did; with the Scarecrow’s head and clothes safely bundled up, the Tin Woodman set fire to the straw with a match supplied by Jam, and Our Friends made a hasty escape from Icetown.
They soon found a farmhouse where the farmer and his wife were honored to receive them– and to the relief of those who ate, feed them– and where the Scarecrow got re-stuffed with fresh straw. As they continued from there, they found the river Jam and Percy had tried to swim.
As he’d done on another occasion, the Nick used the nearby trees to build a raft, though he and Dorothy thought they heard the wood moaning as if in discomfort.
As they floated out into the river’s course, the steering poles flew away and the raft, the living wood of its planks angry at the group for using it so, began to spin them around. Using reverse psychology, the Scarecrow said, “This is a most delightful trip. I hope I never reach the shore.”
The others picked up on it and said similar things, so the raft threw them out on the Gilliken shore and sailed off. As it happened, they were near the farm where Jam and Percy had spent the night before, so they all went to seek the hospitality of the farmer and his family, and to catch up with Pinny and Gig.
The next day, their fateful showdown with Terp, the Terrible was to begin….